Published On: Thu, Oct 27th, 2016

Try these three Cancun golf courses for excellent links action

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Puerto Cancun

One of Mexico’s most variety-filled layouts ($100-$190) ribbons through mangroves on the front and opens up on the breezy back. Paspalum fairways, beefy par 3s and the island-green 18th are highlights.

Located on a peninsula that juts into the Caribbean, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva serves up such memorable features as swim-up suites, a microbrewery and a 17-mile stretch of beach.

Herpetological-minded golfers will flock to the famed sea turtle farm on Isla Mujeres, a tranquil island eight miles off the mainland. The ports for the ferry ride are just a 10-minute drive from Puerto Cancun.

Photo: Cancun

Puerto Cancun’s back nine offers plenty of water hazards for players who love risk-reward holes.

Riviera Cancun

The 2008 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design ($170-$220) is a pure golf experience—no homes, no distractions. Sea views, lush landscaping and topsy-turvy greens stand out. Equally impressive is the mammoth, luxurious clubhouse.

With a central location 15 minutes from the course, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is idyllic. There’s superb service, an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean, and a spa that’s simply superior.

Everybody in the water! The dazzling turquoise sea invites jet skiing and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. And you can explore underwater caverns as well as cenotes, sinkholes created by eroding limestone bedrock.

Photo: Nicklaus Designs // Jim MandevilleHole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Hole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Cancun Country Club

The El Tinto course ($70-$180) stretches a Tour-worthy 7,435 yards from the Black tees and features enormous bunkers and Florida-style water hazards. A lack of rough makes the tough track more playable.

The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a beachfront resort seven miles from Cancun Country Club. Its restaurants and bars serve up delicious cocktails and fresh seafood.

Take a jungle hike through Mayan ruins dating back more than a thousand years. Chichen Itza, the most famous site and once one of the largest Mayan cities, is a little more than two hours inland from Cancún.

Photo: Courtesy of Cancun Country ClubPlayers looking for a long test will try the El Tinto course from the black tees.



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