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Golf in Cancun: Where are the best courses?

January 14, 2013

When most people think of a holiday to Cancun, they conjure up images of white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and perhaps the one or two cocktails. Golfers on the other hand will probably think of playing some of the best and most challenging courses in the Caribbean in the perfect conditions. Cancun is only a small area but there is a lot of variety in terms of the golf on offer. Here are the top three courses in the area.

Pok ta Pok Golf Club

The Pok ta Pok golf course is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in the area and should be top of the list for any golfers. Designed in 1976 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. as the first golf course in Cancun, it mixes dramatic coastline with genuine Mayan ruins and you're unlikely to find such unique hazards anywhere else in the world.

Hole #8 is one of the stand out holes. It's a short par 5 that has a large area of waste ground on the approach to green. It's certainly possible to get to the green in two but said waste ground will punish anything that's even slightly under hit. #14 is probably the most picturesque hole that looks directly out to ocean and is one to savour.

Pok ta Pok is easily accessible from all of the hotels in Cancun by bus and the green fees range from £120 to $175 depending on the season. The fees also include food and drink so it's worth planning your day to make the most of it.

Playa Mujeres Golf Resort

The Playa Mujeres Golf Resort is one of the more recent additions in Cancun but what it lacks in history it makes up for in scale and beauty. The course is situated roughly three miles north of the town of Cancun and is easily accessible by bus and car. The course was opened in 2006 and is possibly one of the most eco-friendly courses in the world, nestled just on the edge of the ocean amongst luscious rainforest.

The course is a real challenge and is consistently ranked within the top ten in the country. The trade winds of the Mexican Gulf reward accuracy and beginners may struggle with the conditions at times. Hole #10 is arguably the most challenging on the course and is deceptively long so it's best to play safe and take what you can from this one. Hole #13 (par 5) is quite sheltered from the wind and offers one of the best chances to relax a bit and enjoy the view of the ocean. #18 is a great way to end the round; keep left and you should be fine for par.

The quality of the course is reflected in the greens fees and you should expect to pay in the region of $200 at peak times. Once you've played your round though it'll be considered money well spent.

Cozumel Country Club

The Cozumel Country Club is not technically part of Cancun as it's on the Island of Cozumel but this Jack Nicklaus designed masterpiece is too good to overlook. The island is located roughly 56 miles south of Cancun but is easily accessible by boat and aeroplane, but remember to factor in any of these costs if you're staying on the mainland. This one is out of the realms of a day trip.

The course is situated directly next to the airport and offers some of the best accommodation and golf in Mexico. In fact, it was included on the 2009 'Best Places to Stay List' compiled by Golfers Digest. The course is nestled amongst dense rainforest and although the ocean views are missing, the island is a haven for wildlife of all sorts and there's plenty to look at.

The course is challenging but accessible enough for novices not to get too disheartened but accuracy is the key. Water plays a factor in 13 of the holes and a wayward shot on any of them will almost certainly result in a ball lost in the dense undergrowth forever. The par 5, 9 th hole is probably the most challenging but after this a succession of slightly easier par 3s allows you to catch your breath and enjoy yourself.

Greens Fees are very reasonable and you should expect to pay between $100 -$175. It's important to note however that payment must be in pesos or via credit card.


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