13/01/2009Tee Time “A la Cart” only in Cancun

Did you know that Cancun is more than beaches, exotic nature and Mayan archeological sites? Cancun is a international premier golf destination featuring 11 courses in operation with three other under construction. The uniqueness of these golf courses lies in the variety of exotic sites that surround them. State of the art resorts, combined with natural beauty, air connectivity and exceptional service make Cancun the first option for a round of golf. And the best news is that more is to be expected in 2009. The Mexican Caribbean is becoming the “New Green Paradise where investments in golf infrastructure have increased as a way to contribute to sustainability in an area with a privileged natural landscape and economic progress.

Top world designers, such as Nicklaus, Norman, Dye, Jones and Aoki, are increasingly designing new venues to meet the demands of golfers around the world. Golf courses in Cancun and Riviera Maya meet the highest standards set by professional golf tournaments.

Whether you are a professional golfer, or an amateur, you’ll find everything you need from beginner to challenging courses and luxurious golf resorts. Visitors can rest assured that in Cancun they will get the best value.

pok ta pok
Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1976 is considered a leader in the region and is special for being surrounded by ancient Mayan archeological sites, the Nichupte lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. This course is the oldest in the region and is conveniently located at the heart of the hotel zone. The 18-hole, championship Hilton Cancun Golf Club is set within 150 acres of tropical paradise with lush fairways tended with the utmost care and surrounded by archeological sites; this challenging yet fair course is suited for golfers of all levels of experience.

Designed by Nicklaus, Mayan Palace Riviera Maya is located between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen and features an extraordinary natural landscape of lakes and native vegetation that makes this 18-hole par 54 course exciting. The Camaleon Mayakoba designed by Greg Norman, is the first golf course in Mexico to be chosen to host the PGA Tour since February 2007.

Riviera cancun
Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts by Palace Resorts is the newest golf course in Cancun was inaugurated by Jack Nicklaus. The course offers a beautiful natural scenario with spectacular ocean views, and strategic bunkers, wooden bridges and a Club House fully equipped with sauna, lobby, reception space, pro-shop and a bar. This 18-hole course will serve the guests of Palace Resorts among other properties.

Cancun is conveniently located only minutes away from the Riviera Maya, a short trip in ferry or bus from Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, all home to magnificent golf complexes. The Moon Spa & Golf Club a 27-hole course by Nicklaus features a unique concept of environmental conservation, surrounded by a beautiful landscape and mangroves. The Cozumel Country Club has been carefully crafted, surrounded by mangroves and tropical rainforest providing attractive challenges for players of every skill level.

Other options include: Playacar Spa & Golf Club designed by the famous architect Robert Von Hagge; Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club with its characteristic vertical movement and distinctive rock work, typical of the P.B. Dye design. For those who enjoy interacting with local wild life, in Puerto Aventura golfers will run into dears, iguanas and tropical birds.

Playa Mujeres
Widely recognized as one of the top golf courses in Mexico, Playa Mujeres Golf Club welcomes golfers with challenging ocean and lagoon holes as part of the 18-hole course built in the middle of a spectacular green paradise. Its location is responsible for the presence of trade winds that demand accuracy in the game and challenge even the best players. This course is located within 930 acres of Playa Mujeres Resorts and it’s just seven miles north of Cancun. It features amenities that include a club house, a restaurant, golf shop and a lounge area.

Cancun Country
2009 will be a great year for golfers; Cancun will welcome three new important projects. First, The Cancun Country Club complex will feature two 18-hole championship courses built under the standards of the PGA tour and the fist two courses outside of the U.S. to be certified by the TPC (Tournament Players Curse). The courses were designed one by Tom Fazio and the other by Nick Price. Bahía Principe Resort will feature a 27- hole championship course along with a golf academy.

Puerto Cancun, one of the destination’s greatest developments will feature an upscale 18-hole signature course designed by Tom Weiskopf; a luxurious residential complex of 2,100 condominiums with a clubhouse, marina, residential lots, shopping center and five resorts located next to the beach. Puerto Cancun will feature the largest elite and high class resort, sports and residential development available in Cancun.
Despite having entertainment, nature and state of the art golf complexes, travelers are more demanding and are more budget conscious than ever before and this is why Cancun becomes a savvy option since it is a quick flight away from home! Direct flights from gateways in over 180 destinations operate daily to and from Cancun which means that Golfers don’t have to wait many hours to start the first round and won’t spend thousands in getting there!

For more information visit www.cancun.travel.com

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

Gina Salazar