Two Mexican courses that are perfect for your winter bucket list

El Camaleon is best known for playing host to the Mayakoba Classic.
Mario Madau

Here comes the sun. Mexico is a toasty golf destination that is sure to shake your wintertime blues.

 

Cancun/Riviera Maya
Average January Daytime High: 82 degrees

Mayakoba (El Camaleon)
Riviera Maya; $129-$329
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Home to the Mayakoba Classic on the PGA Tour, where past champions include Fred Funk, Pat Perez and Graeme McDowell, this distinctive Greg Norman–designed track impresses with limestone-lined canals that bisect the fairways, jungle-like mangrove swamps, natural rock caverns and two par 3s that edge the Caribbean Sea.

El Camaleon was designed by Greg Norman.

Riviera Cancun
Cancun; $130-$220

This under-the-radar Jack Nicklaus Signature Design (2008) has no peer in the region when it comes to service and facilities. Nestled in a back-to-nature setting rich with birds, iguanas and the occasional croc, Riviera Cancun boasts contoured greens, sea views and dense foliage framing the fairways. Under the radar? It shouldn’t be. (And don’t skip the post-round lunch inside the massive clubhouse.)