3 Amazing Golf Courses in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

 

 

Walking down the bustling pedestrian only thoroughfare of Fifth Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen, it’s easy to see why living in this chic Caribbean beach town is so appealing for a growing number of expats. Home to some of the most stunning real estate in the world, Playa del Carmen is known as the unofficial capital of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, which runs roughly 100 kilometers south of Cancun, through Playa to the ruins of Tulum.

“It is an international hot spot where both billionaires and backpackers coexist,” wrote the Toronto Star. “Fifth Ave. is dotted with art galleries, tattoo parlours, high-end boutiques and a full array of bars and restaurants.”

There are also about a dozen golf courses in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, including three that recently drew the attention of Toronto Star travel writer Ian Cruickshank. 

El Camaleón

El Camaleón

Situated at the Riviera Maya’s esteemed Mayakoba resort, El Camaleón is a world-renowned golf course designed by Greg Norman that is widely considered to be one of his best. Known for its memorable par 3s and stunning Caribbean ocean views, each year El Camaleón also plays host to the Mayakoba Classic PGA Tour event.

 “The 10th sports a figure eight-shaped green that teeters on the edge of a former limestone quarry,” wrote Cruickshank. “The 15th is perched above the beach by the Caribbean Sea. In the foreground, half-naked Europeans stroll across the sand. In the background, you can watch giant cruise ships slide across the horizon on their way to the island of Cozumel.”

 
 

Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club

Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club

Designed by P.B. Dye, who is considered to be one of golf’s most influential architects, the course at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club stretches to 6,800 yards and has “plenty of roll” since it is mostly cut through the lush jungle between the famed hotel areas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Special touches include a replica Mayan pyramid that rises above the 9th hole and majestic, undulating fairways, fine sand bunkers and deep trenches. The artfully curved greens and narrow fairways make this course challenging but fluid, while multiple exit points allow players of all levels to enjoy playing at Playa Paraiso.

 
 

Iberostar Cancun Golf Club

Iberostar Cancun Golf Club

If playing golf with real ancient Mayan ruins is what you’re after, simply travel to the heart of Cancun’s hotel district and experience the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club, which is a favorite among both local and international players. The course lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte Lagoon and is surrounded by gorgeous mangroves and other native plant life. Designed by veteran Japanese golfer Isao Aoki, the course is an 18-hole, par 72 spanning 150 acres. The field harmoniously integrates the incoming natural lagoon as water obstacles and the large imposing fairways are perfectly situated to provide a fluid yet stimulating game.

source: investmentpropertiesmexico.com

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