Play, Stay, Do: The Best Golf Courses Near Cancun, Mexico

Saturday October 22nd, 2016
Hole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Nicklaus Designs // Jim Mandeville

For golf, surf and Mayan jungle ruins, three trophy tracks await on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Puerto Cancun

Play
One of Mexico's most variety-filled layouts ($100-$190) ribbons through mangroves on the front and opens up on the breezy back. Paspalum fairways, beefy par 3s and the island-green 18th are highlights. puertocancun.com

Stay
Located on a peninsula that juts into the Caribbean, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva serves up such memorable features as swim-up suites, a microbrewery and a 17-mile stretch of beach. cancun.ziva.hyatt.com

Do
Herpetological-minded golfers will flock to the famed sea turtle farm on Isla Mujeres, a tranquil island eight miles off the mainland. The ports for the ferry ride are just a 10-minute drive from Puerto Cancun.

Puerto Cancun's back nine offers plenty of water hazards for players who love risk-reward holes.
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Riviera Cancun

Play
The 2008 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design ($170-$220) is a pure golf experience—no homes, no distractions. Sea views, lush landscaping and topsy-turvy greens stand out. Equally impressive is the mammoth, luxurious clubhouse.

Stay
With a central location 15 minutes from the course, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is idyllic. There's superb service, an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean, and a spa that's simply superior. marriott.com

Do
Everybody in the water! The dazzling turquoise sea invites jet skiing and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. And you can explore underwater caverns as well as cenotes, sinkholes created by eroding limestone bedrock.

Hole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Nicklaus Designs // Jim Mandeville

Cancun Country Club

Play
The El Tinto course ($70-$180) stretches a Tour-worthy 7,435 yards from the Black tees and features enormous bunkers and Florida-style water hazards. A lack of rough makes the tough track more playable. cancuncountryclub.com

Stay
The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a beachfront resort seven miles from Cancun Country Club. Its restaurants and bars serve up delicious cocktails and fresh seafood. fiestaamericanaresorts.com

Do
Take a jungle hike through Mayan ruins dating back more than a thousand years. Chichen Itza, the most famous site and once one of the largest Mayan cities, is a little more than two hours inland from Cancún.

Players looking for a long test will try the El Tinto course from the black tees.
Courtesy of Cancun Country Club

 

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