You can’t have failed to notice that Mexico’s popularity as a tourist destination, particularly amongst Brits, is soaring.
The country now attracts in excess of 500,000 holidaymakers from the UK every year, with the region of Quintana Roo – where the resort towns of Cancun and Playa del Carmen are located – comfortably the most popular stop-off.
But developments in recent years, along with a year-round warm climate, has also seen Mexico become a world-class golf destination. The country now has almost 200 courses and here are four of the best…
Cabo del Sol
Cabo San Lucas
The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol has been attracting world-class golfers to the southern tip of the beautiful Baja Peninsula since 1994. A stunning Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, the course stretches across an awe-inspiring landscape of desert, mountain, and sea, with seven thrilling holes along the rugged coastline of the Sea of Cortés. Also on-site is the Tom Weiskopf designed Desert Course, which adds to Cabo del Sol’s golf offering.
El Camaleon Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen
Designed by none other than two-time major champion Greg Norman, El Camaleon Mayakoba combines three diverse ecosystems – tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and the beach – into a captivating layout stretching to more than 7,000 yards. As a mark of its prestige, in 2007 it became the first course to stage a PGA Tour event outside the USA or Canada and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba is still played there to this day.
Four Seasons Punta Mita
The Four Seasons Punta Mita sits in the shadows of the Sierra Madre Mountains and features two fantastic 18-hole courses. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Bahia Course boasts panoramic views of Bahía de Banderas, a hole nestled on the beach just steps from Punta Mita’s famed El Faro surf spot, and stunning lakes and water features, while the Pacifico Course is home to the famed ‘Tail of the Whale’ – the world’s only natural island green. The 200-yard hole isn’t part of the 18-hole set-up, though, and is optional to play.
This amazing golf course, also designed by Jack Nicklaus, is located only five minutes south of the Cancun Hotel Zone, making it convenient for people in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The ecology of this course is so varied, offering everything from lagoons, to mangroves, to sand dunes, to lush forests.
Planning a golf break?
If so, make sure you check out the 2019 Travel Guide from bunkered. Available to read online, it is a 48-page digital lowdown on the best holiday golf destinations on the planet.