Playing golf on the Riviera Maya is just one of the ways you can relax, enjoy yourself and see the wildlife at the same time. With many courses built into the jungle or surrounded by lagoons, with every tee your sure to see something different. Just don’t forget to take water and sunscreen onto the course with you! Here are a selection of some of the courses inside and outside the region, just to give you a wide variety. Tee times and prices can change with the season so it’s best to check with the course or resort themselves.
El Camaleon Mayakoba (Riviera Maya)
18 Hole, Par 72
Home to the only PGA Tour event in Mexico, and the first to be held outside of the United States and Canada, this course is guaranteed to push your golfing ability to the limit. This is a superb course but it is surpassed by the nature that surrounds it; rain forests, mangrove forests and lime stone canals line its fairways. Not only that but this course boasts holes on the edge of the Caribbean ocean and the unique hazard of cenotes. The ability to order food and drinks from the club house directly to your spot on the course, tracked by GPS, just adds to the luxury that comes with playing this course in these surroundings. Raved about by Tour players and spectators alike this is a golfing experience not to be missed!
Visit the El Camaleon Mayakoba website for tee fees and reservations.
El Manglar Golf Course (Riviera Maya)
18 Holes, Par 54
Located just thirty minutes from Playa Del Carmen this short golf course is by no means easy, and offers a unique challenge to any golfer willing to take to it’s tees. The course was designed by Nicklaus Designs and the greens are constructed in a 1950’s style to make them more challenging to the golfers. Not only this but it is surrounded by the natural obstacles of the Mayan jungle.
For additional information and booking tee times visit El Manglar online.
Riviera Maya Golf Club at Bahia Principe (Riviera Maya)
18 Holes, Par 75
Upon opening this course was voted third best in Mexico, and it now also boasts a small nine hole course alongside it. With lagoons that run the length of two of these pristine fairways this course also boasts its very own cenote; a hazard you’d best make sure to avoid! The nine hole course is short, but don’t be fooled, it’s not just for beginners. This golf course on the luxury site of Bahia Principe is a must for anyone wanting to sample golfing luxury, and enjoy and excellent day out.
Tee times can be booked at the Riviera Maya Golf Club website.
Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf (Playa Del Carmen)
18 Holes, Par 71
Situated just inside the town limits of Playa Del Carmen this pristine golf course is within easy reach of anyone who fancies half a day of golf during their time on the Riviera Maya. Ecologically designed to help keep this Mexican landscape as beautiful as it has always been, this golf course offers hazards in the form of rain forests and crystal clear lagoons. Once finished, if your not too tired afterward, you may even be able to take the leisurely stroll back to your hotel.
Details, costs and tee times at Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf
The Golf Club at Playacar (Playa Del Carmen)
18 Hole, Par 72
Playacar is regarded as one of the most challenging courses in the Riviera Maya, but don’t be deterred as this course is also home to an exclusive Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf; perfect for those looking to learn the basics or improve their swing. Held inside an all inclusive, gated community, bordered by jungle vegetation, containing four separate lagoons and littered with jungle wildlife this is the perfect place for anyone, veterans and fresh recruits of the game alike, to take a round of golf in the Riviera Maya.
Follow the link for up to date information on The Golf Club at Playacar
Cozumel Country Club (Cozumel)
18 Hole, Par 72
Built into the jungle on the North coast of Cozumel island this course is bursting with wildlife; some times it can make you forget that you’re actually on a golf course! Crocodiles and Iguanas sun themselves beside the lagoons and in the mangroves whilst you line up your tee shot, and birds skim across the surface of the fairway. Boasting the title of the only golf course on Cozumel island this is your one stop for golf if you’re staying here.
Find out all the details by visiting the Cozumel Country Club website.
Golf Club at the Hilton Cancun (Cancun)
18 Hole, Par 72
With a hole that runs along side the El Rey Mayan archeological site, and an “island tee” this course has it all. It is surrounded by natures best: tropical birds can be seen flitting across the course, Iguanas sit in the sun and crocodiles lurk in the mangroves next door; with this you can sometimes forget that you’re on a golf course at all. Available year round and offering lessons to those willing to learn under the Caribbean sun, the largest golf course in Cancun is the golfing gem of this city.
Playa Mujeres Golf Club (Cancun)
18 holes, Par 72
Despite being a young course, Playa Mujeres is already recognised as one of the top courses in Mexico. Taking it’s name from the island that lies just off the shores of this part of Mexico Playa Mujeres bases its self around its ecology. Specifically designed with the surrounding natural environment in mind, this golf course is a stand out example of what other courses being built in this part of the Yucatan should follow to make sure they don’t want to lose the natural signature of the region.
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok (Cancun)
18 Holes, Par 72
With holes edging onto the beautiful Caribbean sea and stretching inland into mangroves and rainforest this course can almost define picturesque. Located at the heart of the Hotel Zone, just South of Cancun, this course is easily accessible to anyone wishing to visit it. As well as hosting a variety of tournaments throughout the year this course is open for 365 days of the year, from dawn till dusk, and boasts a driving range and two practice putting greens; this course is the place to spend a whole day golfing.
Moon Palace Golf Club (Cancun)
18 Holes, Par 72
On this Jack Nicklaus signature course you literally have to play yourself through the Mayan landscape. With local vegetation surrounding it on either side and natural wetland waste bunkers to steer yourself clear of, you don’t want to be heading into the rough; or do you? Like all other courses out here you are surrounded by wildlife. It also boasts a par 3 with an island green; so players have no choice but to stand up, grab the club with both hands and swing their perfect swing.