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Golf in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean

Natural hazards, technologically-advanced equipment and luxurious facilities make golfing in Cancun an irresistible activity

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Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean Golf

While basking under the beautiful Cancun sun, many travelers may find themselves overcome with the craving for a quality day teeing off on the green. Luckily for these golf enthusiasts, Cancun is loaded with pristine golf courses. With quality facilities, beautiful scenery and high-class amenities, it may be difficult to choose just one course to visit. 

Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok

A Robert Trent Jones II designed course, the Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok is a popular choice among true golf aficionados. Located in the hotel zone at Bulevar Kukulkan, this 18-hole course offers a package at $145, which includes greens fees, a delicious meal and complimentary golf cart. Even seasoned pros will find themselves in an entirely unique and challenging atmosphere, where authentic Mayan ruins serve as historical hazards. Along with a breath-taking view of the Nichupte Lagoon, the Cancun Golf Club features a driving range, high-end pro shop with rental equipment, dual putting greens and multiple tennis courts. An on-site restaurant and bar will satiate the hunger you’ll build up after a day spent on the green.

Iberostar Cancun Golf Course

Vacationers will find a championship course at the Iberostar Cancun Golf Course. This large facility offers 18 holes located around the Ruinas Del Rey area. During Cancun’s peak tourist season, patrons should expect to pay around $200 for greens fees, including a cart rental. Guests staying at the Iberostar Cancun are treated to discounted prices. Many visitors flock to this hotel because it is one of only two lodging facilities in Cancun that features an on-site golf course. Any guest in need of golfing equipment may stop by the club for rental shoes and clubs.

Moon Palace Spa & Golf Club

Boasting the title of Jack Nicklaus’ first signature golf course in Cancun, the Moon Palace Spa & Golf Club offers travelers a superb golfing experience. Expect to pay green fees around $260, which includes beverages, light snacks and cart rentals. This championship course strives for ecological compatibility, conserving nature by incorporating native mangroves and local vegetation. Other features of the Moon include a Pro Shop, fully equipped practice range, rental equipment, private lessons, showers and two Club House restaurants serving Italian and Asian cuisine. After a grueling round of golf, the Moon invites you to take a dip in their refreshing pool.

Riviera Maya Golf Club

At the Riviera Maya Golf Club, guests will find a Robert Trent Jones designed paradise. This course capitalizes on its location amid 720 acres along the exotic Mayan jungle. With an impressive 36 holes, the greens stretch along lakes, cenotes and lush vegetation. This facility is also equipped with two driving ranges, a chipping area, large putting green and exclusive clubhouse. Featuring the latest in technological equipment, this course offers GPS capabilities and a virtual program that will assist golfers in choosing the best clubs for each hole.  Managed by the Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort group, the enormous clubhouse is loaded with features, including two restaurants, a variety of bars, a relaxing spa, multiple tennis courts, a quality golf shop and a fitness center.

Playa Paraiso Golf Club

Just a 30-minute drive from the Cancun International Airport, the Playa Paraiso Golf Club offers a scenic 18-hole course created by P.B. Dye. Along with a lit driving range and putting green, this 6,800 yard facility is equipped with showers and lockers for both genders, as well as a quality Pro Shop stocked with brand names like Nike and Titleist. Patrons of the Playa Paraiso will be thrilled by the course’s all-inclusive services. Along with your greens fees, you’ll be treated to complimentary food and drinks, which can even be delivered to the green while you golf.

Cozumel Country Club

The first golf course to be created on its namesake island, the Cozumel Country Club Golf Course is another Nicklaus designed facility that took a total of five years to complete. A truly eco-friendly course, the Cozumel Country Club received the coveted certification for Environmental Planning on behalf of the Audubon international. Golfers will enjoy an enchanting setting that works to preserve the pre-existing mangroves and marshes.

El Camaleon Mayakoba

Set along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, the El Camaleon Mayakoba golf course features 18-holes with dunes, cenotes, limestone and mangrove hazards. Golfers are invited to the David Leadbetter academy for instruction and technique lessons, or head down to the double-sided driving range for some practice. Unique offerings of El Camaleon includes their collection of golf carts that come equipped with GPS technology, allowing players to track yardage, record their scores, and remotely order refreshments.

Puerto Cancun Golf Course

Located between Cancun’s bustling Hotel Zone and downtown area, the Puerto Cancun Golf Course offers an exclusive golfing experience. The award-winning designer Tom Weiskopf designed this 18-hole course. The facilities include a full practice range, rental equipment, lockers and shower areas, professional lessons and a shop with merchandise.

And More

Cancun is home to many other excellent facilities, such as the TPC at Cancun Country Club which was designed by PGA Tour winner and World golf Hall of Fame member, Nick Price. For an early morning round of golf, head to the Gran Melia Cancun golf course. This nine hole course operates daily from early morning through late afternoon. At the Playacar Spa & Golf Club, patrons will receive all-inclusive treatment that includes transportation, refreshments, and more.

Golf Courses
Name Phone Location Island
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok 011 52 (998) 883-1230 6.8 mi. (10.9 km) East South East of Cancun --
Cozumel Country Club (987) 872-9570 3.8 mi. (6.1 km) North North East of Cozumel Cozumel
El Camaleon Mayakoba +52 (984) 206-3088 4.3 mi. (7.0 km) North East of Playa del Carmen --
El Manglar Riviera Maya -- 6.9 mi. (11.1 km) South West of Puerto Morelos --
Iberostar Cancun Golf Course (+ 52) 998-881-8000 8.7 mi. (14.0 km) South East of Cancun --
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club 01 (984) 877-2847 7.5 mi. (12.1 km) South West of Puerto Morelos --
Jaguar Golf Course at Yucatan Village & Resort (999) 800 4000 8.7 mi. (14.0 km) North of Merida --
Melia Cancun Golf Club (52)998 881 1100 8.0 mi. (12.9 km) South East of Cancun --
Moon Palace Spa & Golf Club 011-52-998-881-6000 10.3 mi. (16.6 km) North North East of Puerto Morelos --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club 1 (888) 774 0040 8.2 mi. (13.2 km) South East of Cancun --
Playacar Golf Course 811-52-987-306-24 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen --
Puerto Cancun Golf Course 52 (998) 898 3306 & 07 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) East of Cancun --
Riviera Cancun Golf 01 (998) 881-6080 10.8 mi. (17.4 km) South of Cancun --
Riviera Maya Golf Club +52(984) 875 5048 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South West of Akumal --
TPC Cancun at Cancun Country Club +52 (998) 800 1072 10.7 mi. (17.1 km) North of Puerto Morelos --

Regardless of which course you choose for a day of golfing excitement, the selection of facilities in Cancun promises to please even the most discerning golf enthusiast. From beginners seeking lessons to seasoned experts looking for a challenge, the golf courses in Cancun cater to everyone.


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