If your idea of perfect downtime is hitting the links on a warm summer morning, you will be thrilled to discover a golfer’s paradise in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Picture blue skies as far as the eye can see, palm-lined fairways and greens verging on the sublime Caribbean Sea.
Playing in the Riviera Maya, you will encounter tee boxes next to centuries-old Mayan ruins as well as an awesome variety of local wildlife including toucans and crocodiles. Thanks to Playa del Carmen’s endless summer climate, the impressive courses are open 365 days a year.
If you have ever thought about a golf vacation, the Riviera Maya is as close to golfer heaven as it gets. Within a 25-minute radius of Playa del Carmen are eight impeccably designed golf courses. For those of you who are serious about the game, here is our Top 3 List of Riviera Maya courses that will both challenge and inspire you.
El Camaleon at Mayakoba
Each year in November, a slew of golf professionals with caddies and clubs in tow, arrive in the Riviera Maya to participate in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. With a chance to win over a million dollars in prize money, the competitive spirit is thick in the air at El Camaleon golf course.
The PGA Tour tournament attracts thousands of spectators during the weeklong event that draws some of today’s finest tour cardholders in the game of golf. Not only is watching the live action in person an extraordinary experience, but participants and tournament attendees have access to additional festivities such as Food Truck Friday, Craft Beer Festival on Saturday and Tacos Para Todos on the final day of play.
To go for par on the same spectacular greens where golf greats like Charley Hoffman and Ricky Fowler have battled for first place, is a fantasy come to life. You can expect state-of-the-art golf carts, exceptional amenities and immaculate course conditions.
This impressive concept by Jack Nicklaus is part of the luxurious Mayakoba resort development. You’ll play alongside picturesque canals and putt on greens overlooking white sand beaches and magnificent turquoise waters.
In addition to a memorable round, you can schedule private instruction at the prestigious on –site Jim McLean Golf School or book a PXG club fitting to take your game to a new level.
Grand Coral Golf Club
This impeccable course has been awarded the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2 consecutive years. To earn this recognition, select winners must consistently provide a high standard of hospitality and quality services based on traveller reviews.
Grand Coral, a superior project devised by golf Hall-of-Famer, Nick Price, is located on Playa del Carmen’s north end. This par 71, championship golf course was planned for all skills levels. Glenn Doyle, Director of Golf, and his team, work tirelessly to maintain the excellent course conditions year round.
A regular rate green fee for 2 includes cart rental, bottle of water, tees, use of lockers, access to the beach club and round trip transportation. Taylor Made club rentals and golf shoe rentals are available as are other extra services such as on course food and beverage service, 19th Hole restaurant and private classes led by certified professionals.
Hard Rock Golf Club
Situated in the heart of the gated community of Playacar on the city’s south end, this picturesque par 72 course tests the skills and mental stamina of even the most seasoned golfer. You will want to arrive early and fuel up with a buffet breakfast, then warm up on the first-rate practice area with its sizeable putting and chipping green, bunkers and driving range.
Designed by legendary course architect Robert Von Hagge, Hard Rock Golf Club features pristine fairways bordered by lush Yucatan Peninsula jungle. Dry limestone cenote sink holes guard perfectly manicured greens and the meandering cart path leads past remnants of ancient Mayan structures.
An all-inclusive green fee includes bottled water, tees, chilled aromatic face cloth, practice balls, cart rental, locker, as well as unlimited food and beverages on course and in the clubhouse restaurant.
After a full day of incredible play, Hard Rock Golf Club is close enough to walk to Playa del Carmen’s famous 5th Avenue for dinner and drinks. Along this pedestrian-only thoroughfare, you will find superb dining options such as Sur, Sonoma Grill and the upscale Harry’s Steakhouse. Start your day with world-class golf and end it with world-class dining. What better way to spend a day in the Riviera Maya?
Now that you have a good idea of what Playa del Carmen offers as far as phenomenal golf courses, you can begin planning your next vacation! If you have any questions regarding accommodations for every budget, our friendly reservations experts can help. When your stay is booked, you will be assigned your own Bric ambassador who is available to help you coordinate every step of your trip from dinner recommendations to transportation and tee times.
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Juanita grew up in a small town in the middle of Canada. Having experienced twenty years of ruggedly cold climate, she had seen enough snow to last her a lifetime. After moving to and working in Vancouver for thirteen years (where she was ecstatic to see the odd palm tree) she jumped at the opportunity to move with her husband and three children to Playa del Carmen. She calls it a ‘dreamy existence’ and cherishes year-round, backyard barbecues with friends, road trips and watching the sunrise over the Caribbean. She writes for Bric Vacation Rentals.