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TEED OFF TEE TIMES WELCOMES ITS FIRST GUESTS FROM ENGLAND

It seems Teed Off Tee Times has made it across the pond to Manchester and Leeds, England. Earlier this week we welcomed Gary Wilson and Phil Lister to the beautiful Riviera Maya.
Gary (Manchester) and Phil (Leeds) were searching for golf courses before their vacation and came upon us at www.teedoff.com.mx After sending a note to us, Gary and Phil were very happy to find a real person answering their questions and booking their tee times. Here is what they wrote after they returned back to England…
Hi Cheryl,

I’m finding it hard to believe I’m home I can tell you we have played golf in the UK, Spain, Florida and California, before trying the courses on the Riviera Maya this May. We had a great time, playing Grand Coral, Playacar and Mayakoba.

The all-inclusive golf at Playacar was unbelievable. The front 9 was really tricky for us, probably hampered slightly by the few beers we had in the club house before we even started! Eventually we got used to the narrow (for us) fairways and ‘jungle trouble’, and also the refreshments that kept coming all the way round 🙂 My claim to fame here was sinking an 8 foot putt on the 18th to win from 3 down with 5 to play. And also still being able to stand after the several (inclusive) cocktails in the bar afterwards……

Mayakoba was truly amazing; up there with the best we have ever played. I actually played pretty poorly that day, but still enjoyed it immensely. The course was immaculate, and the Par 3s by the beach particularly were fantastic holes. Also great value for a PGA Tour course, given we took advantage of the twilight rate.

Although we would say Mayakoba was ‘the best of the fortnight’, Grand Coral was probably the most forgiving for our standard of play, whilst still providing a great challenge. The fairways were again immaculate, and the water always made you think about which shot to play. We played here three times, a no-brainer for us at $88 a round at 1pm ‘twilight’. On our final day we also met a guy who was involved in building the course – the ‘shaper’ – he was really pleased to hear our positive comments about the layout.

We must also thank you for your organization which enabled us to have such a good time on the course. It was great to meet you on our first day, and we are very grateful for the continuing feedback and assistance you provided throughout our time in Playa Del Carmen. I hope we are the first of many customers for you from the UK – we would certainly encourage anybody coming to the area to golf to secure your services….. 🙂

Thanks again,

Gary.

PS Feel free to use (or not) any of my ramblings.

Thank you Harry and Ian for finding Teed Off Tee Times online and booking your tee times with us as well.
Teed Off Tee Times has made it across the pond to Manchester and Leeds, England. Earlier this month when we welcomed Gary Wilson and Phil Lister to the beautiful Riviera Maya.  Gary (Manchester) and Phil (Leeds) were searching for golf courses before their vacation and came upon us at http://www.teedoffteetimes.com After sending a note to us, Gary and Phil were very happy to find a real person answering their questions and booking their tee times. Here is what they wrote after they returned back to England…

Hi Cheryl,

I’m finding it hard to believe I’m home. I can tell you we have played golf in the UK, Spain, Florida and California, before trying the courses on the Riviera Maya this May. We had a great time, playing Grand Coral, Playacar and Mayakoba.

The all-inclusive golf at Playacar was unbelievable. The front 9 was really tricky for us, probably hampered slightly by the few beers we had in the club house before we even started! Eventually we got used to the narrow (for us) fairways and ‘jungle trouble’, and also the refreshments that kept coming all the way round 🙂 My claim to fame here was sinking an 8 foot putt on the 18th to win from 3 down with 5 to play. And also still being able to stand after the several (inclusive) cocktails in the bar afterwards……

(El Camaleon) Mayakoba was truly amazing; up there with the best we have ever played. I actually played pretty poorly that day, but still enjoyed it immensely. The course was immaculate, and the Par 3s by the beach particularly were fantastic holes. Also great value for a PGA Tour course, given we took advantage of the twilight rate.

Although we would say Mayakoba was ‘the best of the fortnight’, Grand Coral was probably the most forgiving for our standard of play, whilst still providing a great challenge. The fairways were again immaculate, and the water always made you think about which shot to play. We played here three times, a no-brainer for us at $88 a round at 1pm ‘twilight’. On our final day we also met a guy who was involved in building the course – the ‘shaper’ – he was really pleased to hear our positive comments about the layout.

We must also thank you for your organization which enabled us to have such a good time on the course. It was great to meet you on our first day, and we are very grateful for the continuing feedback and assistance you provided throughout our time in Playa Del Carmen. I hope we are the first of many customers for you from the UK – we would certainly encourage anybody coming to the area to golf .

Thanks again,

Gary.

PS Feel free to use (or not) any of my ramblings.

Thank you Gary and Ian for finding Teed Off Tee Times online and booking your tee times with us as well.

Don’t Worry, The Party Will Be Hotter Than The Golf Course

One of the things you will come to see about south of the border is that a lot of times you will have some heat to deal with. Some of the world’s most popular locations are either tropical, like Mexico Golf or in desert conditions such as popular golf courses in Arizona. Is it possible to enjoy the game in temperatures that could reach 100 degrees? Absolutely, but you do need to know how to prepare so let’s take a look at how that is done.

One good thing about golfing in hot conditions is that it is not too physically intense. Other forms of exercise can quickly raise the body’s temperature to the crucial 104 degrees that causes hyperthermia, but Playa Golf is not likely to cause this. While Playa del Carmen can certainly get warm, the ocean breezes offer a cooling effect that helps to reduce the intensity of the sun’s heat.

As a recent LA Times article on golfing (http://www.latimes.com/sports/golf/la-he-newcooldown4jun04,1,4046414,full.story) showed, keeping hydrated is a very important key to staying cool out there on the course. In Mexico, you will want to take along bottled water which is fortunately very low in cost. One of the good things you can do is buy a little extra. If you find yourself getting warmer than you want to be, simply dump some on yourself. It might sound silly, but it works for other athletes and it can work for you.

Obviously, asking for local advice on what to wear while enjoying playa del carmen golf courses is crucial. Your local concierge or golf instructor can help you and any locals you know could also assist you. Most people will tell you about proper water consumption, too. In fact, the Better Golf with Fitness blog (http://fitnessforbettergolf.typepad.com/better_golf_with_fitness/2006/07/heat_wave_wiesy.html) showed that taking along a little sea salt to pinch in with your water can be a huge help to you, also. The details of how rapidly you consume your water and of what type it is are going to help you make sure you spend all day enjoying your game.

Golfing in and around the Yucatan peninsula at playa golf courses can be a remarkable treat all year around. If you are planning to head down there, though, be sure that you book your stay in advance since this is a very popular part of the Yucatan to play in. Word is starting to spread about just how great this part of Mexico is for golfers who want a low key good time in a gorgeous environment, but you will still most likely have plenty of people that you can socialize with, too. That is always all the more fun.

Take A Real Vacation And Try Golf In Cancun

It is somewhat ironic to think that every year, college students head to Cancun to enjoy Spring Break. Of course, a lot of the time they are engaged in so much frantic partying that they come back rather wiped out. This is not the way it has to be, though. In fact, there are a lot of activities such as Mexico golf that you can enjoy which are actually relaxing and low key. If you want to learn about how to have a chill time in Cancun, read on.

One of the things you want to do before you get here is read up a bit on what all there is to do in Cancun other than partying. The city is now showing itself off as a family destination, too, so you will find there are more calm activities that may refresh you. Spas are an excellent idea, but Cancun golf can be a leisurely way to spend the day, too. In addition to the obvious beach time you can enjoy, remember that as Cozumel blog recently pointed out (http://cozumelblog.com/blog/2011/04/07/international-travel-tips-for-a-cancun-vacation/), you can also enjoy gorgeous local parks that preserve the native ecology here. Watching nature is another great way to unwind.

You’ll want to keep the culture here in mind, as well. All fashion is not always appreciated on the golf course. While mexico golf courses tend to be laid back, you want to avoid loud and flashy attire that would be best suited to a club. Also, tipping is often appropriate in this part of the world as an All About Cancun post (http://allaboutcancun.com/about-cancun/travel-tips/) explains. You do not always have to tip your cab driver, but room service and other service people do expect a little something even if it is not cash. Asking your hotel desk person can often reveal this kind of information for you.

Of course, the golf resorts here in Cancun do stand out as wonderful ways to relax. You can recover a bit from any partying you might do and if you do not feel like having to hang out with a large group as you should do during the night time in the city, then it is a good idea to head out on the green and get in some of that gorgeous Yucatan sunshine. This gives you some physical activity while still being a calm way to relax, too.

If you do plan to enjoy Cancun area golf activities like playa golf courses just down the road, you may want to set things up in advance. The resort you are staying at could well have a tournament planned and if so you would be better off knowing in advance. A little planning goes a long way down here.

Eco Friendly Yucatan Peninsula Golfing Will Enhance Your Vacation

Golfing is a great passion for a lot of us and sometimes the reason for that is how much we love being outside. If we can be outside in a gorgeous environment, then so much the better. That’s why Mexico can make a great choice if you want to do some exotic golfing in glorious locations. Let’s take a peek at a couple of terrific options you might not have heard about before.

For golfing, a lot of the best that Mexico has to offer is going to be located on the Yucatan Peninsula, with options like Cancun golf courses. The reason for this is that this is the eastern coast of Mexico where there is a lot of white sandy beach to run on and plenty of tropical jungles or even ancient Mayan ruins to explore. Oh, and you wouldn’t want to forget the sparkling sapphire waters of the Caribbean right there for you to scuba, kite board, water ski or just go swimming in. The great part about this section of Mexico is that the people here value the preservation of nature. They go out of their way to keep things beautiful.

If you have never heard of the island of Cozumel, this is a small island off the coast of the Yucatan and located in Quintana Roo. The place is beautiful and this is where a lot of people go to enjoy a real island paradise. A recent article on Ecplaza {http://www.ecplaza.net/news/13/73787/cozumel_island_celebrates.html} shows that this is, in fact, the home of a unique golf tournament. The Annual Cozumel Island Golf Tournament is now in its 3rd year and looking like a great place to hit the green. Plenty of challenges await you and so do sights of mangrove forest and jungles, too.

A place you just might have heard of, due to its connection with the PGA Tour, is Mayakoba. A recent Fox News Latino article (http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2011/02/23/lorena-ochoa-greg-norman-design-golf-course-mexico/) shows that Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa is going to be helping to design a golf course in this ecotourism hot spot. Once that is built you are not going to want to miss tee times here, for sure. After all, Ochoa was the top female golfer for 3 years straight so she knows what she is doing.

As you can see, Mexico has plenty for golf fans that is great golfing and eco friendly. You can check out Cozumel or Playa del Carmen golf courses or even savor some fun at Mayakoba, the choice is yours. One thing is for sure, though: the Yucatan is a tremendous place to tee off if you want to be surrounded by tropical majesty of the finest kind. Mexico is the place for golfers who love sunshine and care about natural beauty.

The Mystique of the Crow’s Nest at Augusta National

Being an amateur at Augusta has its privileges.

Courtesy RUSTY JARRETT / AUGUSTA NATIONAL

After he spent his first two Masters there, Tiger Woods found out something about the Crow’s Nest he hadn’t expected. Staying there made him a sharper card player.

“That’s pretty much all we did up there,” Woods fondly recalled this week. “We played cards all the time. How could I not have gotten better?”

The Crow’s Nest — the Clubhouse cupola where amateur contestants are offered housing for Masters Week — has taken its rightful place among the many landmarks at Augusta National.

Woods bunked in the Crow’s Nest in 1995 and 1996, the first two years he played in the Masters before turning pro in the fall of ’96. He said it reminded him of the dorms at Stanford.

“It’s great,” Woods said. “It felt like being in college.”

Except the exams are taken on the golf course rather than in a classroom.

The Masters Crows NestThe Crow’s Nest can accommodate up to five players who bunk in a 30-foot-40-foot rising cupola that has windows on all sides. The room is partitioned into four cubicles, three of them furnished with a single bed and one with two beds. There’s a full bathroom plus an extra sink. As Woods discovered, much to his delight, the furnishings include a game table, a sofa and chairs, a television and a telephone.

It may not be all that flashy, but the Crow’s Nest retains its aura because it is one of the most exclusive lodgings in golf.

Catch the rest of the story here at The Masters.

Don’t forget to book your Mexico tee times at TeedOff.com.mx

 

Tee’d Off Tee Times-Weekly Specials

Our staff at Tee’d Off Tee Times is excited to announce our weekly specials exclusively with El CamaleĂłn golf course located in Playa del Carmen. This course designed by Greg Norman, is home to Mexico’s only PGA tour event The Mayakoba Golf Classic.

El CamaleĂłn Ultimate Package $272 USD
(from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. everyday)
Includes green fee, taxes, shared golf cart, transportation, and golf club rental.

El CamaleĂłn Premium Package $195 USD
(after 10:30 a.m. before Twilight)
Includes green fee, taxes, share golf cart,transportation, and golf club rental.

In order to ensure special pricing all tee times must be reserved through Tee’d Off Tee Times. For more information please contact us via our webpage at www.teedoff.com.mx or call us directly at our office 1-855-TEED-OFF (Toll-Free US+CAN) and 984-803-1172 (Local Mexico)

Mexico broke the Guinness World Record!

Did we tell you that Mexico holds the Guinness World Record over China for the largest golf lesson in the world? Yes… it is true! The lesson was located at El Camaleon golf course at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen and was given by Mexican-native professional golfer Esteban Toledo with a total of 1, 073 participants. A fun time was had by all that came out! Here are some pictures below of the event…






*All photos are provided by professional photographer Mike O'Bryon*

Cine Para Todos!

Guess what else happened last week in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya? CINE PARa TODOS!!! Which means “Movies for Everyone” in Spanish… This event which was put on by the Greg Norman Production Company the week of the tournament was a spin off from their Golf PARa Todos which is a free golf clinic that they host once a month throughout the rest of the year at El Camaleon golf course. Except the twist this time was an on-site movie theater playing one of the funniest golf movies ever “Happy Gilmore” with Adam Sandler. This event was free to the public for anyone that wanted to grab a seat and watch! Isn’t that so fun?! We thought so. Here are some pictures below from the event…look carefully below for the Mayakoba Golf Classic mascot “Don P. Pelota”!!!



*All photos are provided by professional photographer Mike O'Bryon*

Some pictures last week at the Mayakoba Golf Classic!

 

All photos are provided by professional photographer Mike O'Bryon

Mayakoba Golf Classic 5th Anniversary Wrap-Up Final Notes

Wow. Another great Mayakoba Golf Classic has come and gone, and it just keeps getting better and better. Can you believe it has been 5 years? Our hat goes off to all the staff, volunteers and spectators alike to make it such a fantastic experience.
Johnson Wagner won the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Sunday for his second PGA TOUR title, beating Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff. Wagner, winner of the 2008 Shell Houston Open, closed with a 4-under 67 to match Levin at 17-under 267 on the Greg Norman-designed El CamaleĂłn course.
John Daly, Charles Howell III and Boo
Weekly are just a few of the names that participated in this
year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic, that was held at El Camaleon Golf Club at
Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Classic, which made history
in 2007 by becoming the first PGA Tour event held outside of the
United States, began Wednesday, February 23 with the Pro-Am
competition. The first round of the tournament started Thursday
morning with the final round taking place Sunday, February 27. All
four rounds of the tournament were broadcasted on the Golf Channel.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic highlights a growing trend in the Riviera
Maya region to move closer to self sustainability, while focusing on
the eco-tourism of the area. Nestled on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,
Riviera Maya offers tourist numerous eco-tourism options including a
mile long stretch of powdery, white sandy beaches with turquoise
waters, snorkeling and diving at a pristine coral reef, which is the
second largest in the world, and a world class golf course in El
Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba. The area also offers archeological
day trips including Chichen Itza, famous for the 91-step pyramid and
Tulum, a walled Mayan port city perched above scenic beaches on the
Caribbean coast.
Mayakoba is home to four luxurious resorts, two of which are AAA
Five-Diamond Award winners, including Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood
Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and The Viceroy Mayakoba (opening next
year). Each property is doing its part to contribute to the area’s
sustainability as well, by making a conscious effort to maintain and
protect the area’s fragile eco-system. The hotel properties in
Mayakoba feature locally authentic architecture and are all built
below the tree-line in an effort to integrate the resort properties
with as little disruption to the local environment as possible.
Additionally, to harmonize with its distinctive surroundings, the
Fairmont Mayakoba employs a full-time ecologist, and throughout the
property, indigenous flora have been carefully tagged, transplanted
and grafted in special beds, employing a traditional Mayan technique
known as socoleo. Even the property’s restaurants promote
sustainability practices with their use of the chef’s garden, which
grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables from pineapples to papaya
and tomatoes to carrots.
For more information on eco-tourism opportunities in Mexico and
Mayakoba, please visit www.visitmexico.com.
For more details on the tournament please visit: www.mayakobagolfclassic.com