Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2019

Riviera Maya is also the perfect Golf Vacation Destination

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The famed Riviera Maya stretches from Cancun to the ancient Maya city of Tulum (today one of the trendiest destinations in the Mexican Caribbean).

Many of the top Cancun golf courses are conveniently located just off Route 307. Prominent architects and players designed many of these championship layouts: Nicklaus, Norman, Dye, Price, Weiskopf.

Cancun’s tropical weather welcomes vacationing players 12 months a year. Every winter, Cancun International Airport welcomes weather-weary golfers flying in from the north. It’s less than a four-hour flight to Cancun from major gateways like New York, Chicago, Toronto and Denver.

Some courses are fairly open, while dense jungle foliage gobbles up wayward shots at others. In general, minimal elevation changes make Cancun golf courses easy to walk. You’ll often hit your approach shots off of fairly level lies. Average highs are in the low 80s in the winter, and they increase to the low 90s in the summer. Fall travelers should always watch the weather for the possible tropical storm development.

Best Cancun golf courses are either in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone), minutes south of Cancun International Airport, or in the Playa del Carmen area.

Options for Beginners and Higher Handicappers

This is a resort area that caters to players of all skill levels. Cancun’s courses almost always include sets of tees that shorten them by more than 1,000 yards. Just pick a set of tees commensurate with your abilities and enjoy your round.

For example, from the back tees, Playa del Carmen’s Grand Coral Golf Club is a par-71, 7,043-yard test with a substantial 141 slope. While the Nick Price design is a challenge for low-handicappers, it’s also friendly to beginners. They only face one significant forced carry during an 18-hole round.

Another option is to tee it up at Vidanta (formerly El Manglar), a fun 18-hole par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Accuracy is still important — you’ll find water on eight holes. An island green awaits on the signature 18th.




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