Have you dreamed about a golf vacation in Mexico? After all, the current weather in several spots across the country is dreadful and quite cold. Worse yet, if you’re affected by bad weather, that probably means you can’t play a round at your favorite golf course. If that’s the case, then now is a great time to start searching for your ideal destination. With more than 200 golf courses in Mexico, some are unquestionably better than others. Take a look at just five of the best and most impressive golf links.
Chetumal-Puerto Juarez km.
77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 (984) 206-4653
Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya is a hotbed for world-class golf courses. Of those, El Camaleón stands out as the host to the first PGA Tour event outside of the U.S. and Canada. With a spectacular 7,024-yard layout designed by Greg Norman, it’s noted for featuring three diverse ecosytems. Even further, it features a cenote (sink hole) as a hazard! This distinctive par-72 golf course boasts a 74.8 Rating and Slope of 139.
Unlike many Mexico golf courses, El Camaleón isn’t exclusive to guests of a single hotel brand. In fact, there are four distinct resort hotels in Mayakoba. Moreover, each of these resorts in Mayakoba are of the five-star variety. You can choose from these Mayakoba resorts – Andaz, Banyan Tree, Fairmont and Rosewood. Of course, you can’t reserve a golf time when the PGA’s World Wide Technology Championship is held.
Punta Mita Golf Club
Ramal Carretera Federal 200
63734 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico
+52 329 291 5990
Punta Mita is yet another exclusive collection of residences and luxury hotels. Yet in this case, there are Jack Nicklaus Signature courses. With a 72.7 rating and 131 Slope, Pacifico is rated lower than its newer sister course, Bahia. On the other hand, Pacifico is more famous in more ways than one. In this case, Pacifico has 19 holes, including holes 3A and 3B. In fact, the latter finishes on the world’s only natural green and it’s a stunner.
Punta Mita Golf Club is open to property owners and guests and guests of the Four Seasons or St. Regis hotels. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita currently offers a golf package, which includes two rounds of golf. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort currently has no special offers but that’s obviously subject to change.
Quivira Golf Club
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Predio Paraíso Escondido S/N
23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S, Mexico
+52 624 142 9973
Nestled along the southern edge of Cabo San Lucas, Quivira is ranked among the World’s Greatest by Golf Digest. Even further, it’s among the best built by Jack Nicklaus’ acclaimed design company. An important amenity of its namesake residential property, the course covers 7,085 yards from the back tee. Additionally, the par 72 course holds a USGA Rating of 74.1 and Slope Rating of 142. If that’s not enough, the signature par-4 5th hole with its dramatic ocean views, will leave you breathless. Quivira Golf is further highlighted by a stylish clubhouse, oceanside practice facilities and upscale restaurant and bar.
Quivira Golf is open only to property owners and guests, or guests of Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo San Lucas. In detail, this includes luxury accommodations at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and stunning The Towers at Pacifica. Equally enticing is the highly anticipated opening of The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira. In fact, a second Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is currently in development.
Rancho San Lucas Golf Club
Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa
Carretera a Todos Santos Km 120
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
C.P. 23473 Mexico
A Greg Norman-designed course, Rancho San Lucas Golf has only been open since 2020. Yet despite this, it’s quickly become one of the most coveted courses in Mexico. For example, it’s listed among the Best Golf Resorts in Mexico & Central America by Golf Digest. Furthermore, it ranks No. 3 amongst the Top Courses in Mexico by Golf Advisor. The par 72, 7210-yard oceanside course has an excellent rating of 74.9 and Slope of 131.
The golf course at Rancho San Lucas is available to hotel guests or Grand Solmar Vacation Club members. Therefore, staying at Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas is an attractive incentive. For this reason, you should consider a Stay & Play package. The resort is approximately a 30-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas. On the other hand, it’s well worth the trip.
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TPC Danzante Bay Golf Resort
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Km. 84, Carretera Transpenisular
Ensenada Blanca Loreto
23880 Loreto B.C.S., Mexico
TPC Danzante Bay is a spectacular 7,237-yard course south of the historic town of Loreto. Designed by Rees Jones, it’s the 2021 Best Golf Course in Mexico by the World Golf Awards. Indeed, it ranks ahead of prominent courses like Palmilla, Fairmont Mayakoba and Jack Nicklaus Signature Bahia. The par-72, 18-hole course has an excellent 74.5 rating and 153 Slope rating. You should take particular notice of its spectacular par-3 17th hole, overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
TPC Danzante Bay is open to the public, including guests at other resorts. However, it’s more practical to stay at its lavish host resort, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. What’s more, this gorgeous resort is the 2021 World Travel Awards winner as Mexico and Central America’s Leading Resort. To cap it all off, you can purchase a stay and play package for even better rates.
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