Entries Tagged as 'Mayakoba Golf Classic'

PGA Tour Announces New 2013-2014 Schedule

Earlier this week the PGA Tour announced the first six events of their new 2013-2014 wrap around schedule.  These first six events will take place in October and November 2013.  The final event will be the newly re-named OHL Classic at Mayakoba, November 14-17, 2013.  Previously known as the Mayakoba Golf Classic, this event is held at El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba and is the result of OHL’s continuing committment to both Mayakoba and the PGA Tour.

The OHL Classic at Mayakoba now boasts its own unencumbered date on the PGA TOUR calendar affording any PGA TOUR player, regardless of world ranking, the opportunity to compete in Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event should he meet qualifying criteria and wish to play. Previously the tournament had been held in February opposite the World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship, prohibiting the top 64 players in the world from enjoying the chance to compete at Mayakoba.

“We are honored to continue as host of Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event and extremely pleased to now have our own week on the TOUR schedule,” said Andres Pan de Soraluce, CEO of OHL Developments, owner and developer of the Mayakoba Resort.  “In many ways a new era has been born for this tournament and we are excited about our new date and look forward to a bright future. We are confident the 2013 tournament will be a signature event for Mexico and for golf worldwide.  As always, we are eager to share the beautiful Mayakoba resort as well as the Riviera Maya and Cancún regions with the best golfers in the world and an international television audience.”

As part of the announcement, officials also unveiled an increase in the total purse to $6 million USD guaranteeing the winner will earn a check of more than $1 million USD. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba will continue to offer the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America, a distinction it has held since its inception in 2007.With this new date, the tournament will continue to be a part of the season-long FedExCup competition and will now distribute a full allocation of FedExCup points. In addition to a winner’s check of $1.08 million USD, the champion will also earn 500 FedExCup points. Previously, the event awarded 250 points to the first-place finisher.

We here at Teed Off Tee Times, based in the beautiful Riviera Maya and Cancun destination, count El Camaleon Mayakoba as our favourite golf course because of it’s year-round PGA Tour conditioning and it is the only golf course in the destination to have two golf holes along the Mexican Caribbean.

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PGA Tour’s New Schedule Helps Mayakoba Golf Classic

The PGA Tour officially announced their 2013 schedule earlier this week.  We know from the release, the Mayakoba Golf Classic will be moving from its February date (opposite the World Golf Championship Match Play event) to its own date in November as part of the beginning to the 2013-2014 PGA Tour FedEx Cup season.

What has always been viewed as a drawback by fans and sponsors of the Mayakoba Golf Classic is the lack of “big names” at the event.  Any golfer in the Top 64 in the world who wanted to play at Mayakoba was forced to instead play the Match Play due to PGA Tour rules.  That meant top players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy could not even consider adding the MGC to their schedules.

But now, there is a chance the top players in the world will come to Mayakoba.  How big of a chance, it remains to be seen.  The MGC will now have its own date on the PGA Tour schedule, allowing any PGA Tour member the ability to play Mayakoba.  However, with the increase in fall events in Asia & the Far East and the Race to Dubai ending in late November, the Mayakoba Golf Classic may continue to miss the most recognizable internatonal names in golf at its event.  The good news is more well known North and South American golfers should make the trip in an attempt to capture 500 FedEx Cup points and the possible Masters berth.

To play El Camaleon Mayakoba or any of the other 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://www.teedoffteetimes.com

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PGA Tour’s New Schedule Helps Mayakoba Golf Classic

The PGA Tour officially announced their 2013 schedule earlier this week.  Suprisingly, one of the most popular events with competitors and their families, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, was not on the 2013 schedule.  Does this mean that El Camaleon no longer hosts the Only PGA Tour Event in Mexico?  Fortunately for all of us golf fans, it is just a quirk in the new schedule.

Over the next few days, Tee’d Off Tee Times will look at the new 2013 schedule and give you a sneak peek at the totally revised 2013-2014 FedEx Cup schedule (not to be confused with the abbreviated 2013 schedule) and we’ll tell you when the next Mayakoba Golf Classic will be held.

After the 2013 Season, which ends in with the Tour Championship Sept 22nd, the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season will officially begin three weeks later with the first Fall Tournament.  While the exact dates have not been set (at least publically), the Mayakoba Golf Classic will become part of the start to the new season, somewhere in mid-November 2013.

The PGA Tour also announced that the Fall Tournaments will award full FedExCup points.  This means 500 points to the winner of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, a two-year exemption and a possible Masters invite.

In our next story, we will look at who may be playing in the next Mayakoba Golf Classic.  Is there a chance the biggest names in golf, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson, may play?  We’ll let you know.

To play El Camaleon Mayakoba or any of the other 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://www.teedoffteetimes.com

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Riviera Maya Golf  http://teedoff.com.mx/riviera-maya-golf-courses/

PGA Tour’s New Schedule Helps Mayakoba Golf Classic

The PGA Tour officially announced their 2013 schedule earlier this week.  Suprisingly, one of the most popular events with competitors and their families, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, was not on the 2013 schedule.  Does this mean that El Camaleon no longer hosts the Only PGA Tour Event in Mexico?  Fortunately for all of us golf fans, it is just a quirk in the new schedule.

Over the next few days, Tee’d Off Tee Times will look at the new 2013 schedule and give you a sneak peek at the totally revised 2013/2014 Fed-Ex Cup schedule (not to be confused with the abbreviated 2013 schedule) and we’ll tell you when the next Mayakoba Golf Classic will be held.

To play El Camaleon Mayakoba or any of the other 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://teedoffteetimes.com

Cancun Golf  http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

Riviera Maya Golf  http://teedoff.com.mx/riviera-maya-golf-courses/

Golf in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya

We here at Tee’d Off Tee Times are not only the local booking agency for the 12 golf courses here in the destination, we are also local residents and golfers ourselves.  We can recommend the best courses based on your criteria, course condition and service, pricing and travel time to and from your resort.

Recently, we published Our List of the Top 12 Golf Courses in the Cancun Destination…click on the link to find out more about each golf course.

  1. El Camaleon Mayakoba
  2. Riviera Maya-Bahia Principe
  3. Iberostar Playa Paraiso
  4. TPC Cancun-Cancun Country Club
  5. Grand Coral
  6. Moon Palace
  7. Playa Mujeres
  8. Playacar
  9. Riviera Cancun
  10. Iberostar Cancun
  11. El Manglar-Mayan Palace
  12. Cozumel

The criteria we used is not scientific and the difference between 12 and 1 is really not that much.  Personal preference, prestige in playing, designer, course design and layout, course conditioning and guest service were all taken into consideration.

To play any of the 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://teedoffteetimes.com

Teed Off Tee Times Lists the 12 Best Golf Courses in Cancun/Riviera Maya

Each day between now and the end of October, Tee’d Off Tee Times will list each of the Top 12 Golf Courses in the Cancun/Riviera Maya destination.

The criteria we use is not scientific and the difference between 12 and 1 is really not that much.  Personal preference, prestige in playing, designer, course design and layout, course conditioning and guest service were all taken into consideration.

And now, coming in at #1 on our list of the 12 best courses is El Camaleon Mayakoba. Host to the PGA Tour Mayakoba Golf Classic and located within the tourist destination of Mayakoba, this 7,044 yard layout is the first Greg Norman designed course to open in Mexico and boasts 3 separate environmental changes (jungle, mangrove and ocean front) and two holes along the Mexican Caribbean.

The 7th and 15th holes play right to the edge of the Caribbean Sea with the sand and the spray punctuating the breeze.  The course is a part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.  Also on property is the first and only Jim McLean Golf School in Mexico.

To play El Camaleon Mayakoba or any of the other 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://teedoffteetimes.com

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Teed Off Tee Times Lists the 12 Best Golf Courses in Cancun/Rivera Maya

Each day between now and the end of October, Tee’d Off Tee Times will list each of the Top 12 Golf Courses in the Cancun/Riviera Maya destination.

The criteria we use is not scientific and the difference between 12 and 1 is really not that much.  Personal preference, prestige in playing, designer, course design and layout, course conditioning and guest service were all taken into consideration.

Coming in at #3 is Iberostar Playa Paraiso. Designed by P.B. Dye, course is located 30 minutes south of the Cancun hotel zone and 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. It is the only course with dramatic vertical movement and maintains excellent playing conditions year round and is the site of the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.

This “All-inclusive” course caters to your every need.  Deep bunkers, narrow fairways, undulating greens and beautiful vistas are at every turn. On course beverages and snacks, included in your green fee, will keep you fuelled for what is sure to be a 4-hour battle with one of Dye’s toughest designs.

To play Iberostar Playa Paraiso or any of the other 12 courses in the destination, please call us on our toll-free line at 1-855-833-3633 or visit us online at http://teedoffteetimes.com

Cancun Golf  http://teedoff.com.mx/cancun-golf-courses/

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El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course

PLAYA
DEL CARMEN, Mexico — From the very first hole, you get the sense that El Camaleon Golf Club is different than your typical resort course. Off in the distance, unreachable by mortal players on this 554-yard par 5, is a cenote, or sinkhole in the middle of the
fairway. The course builders didn’t know about it until a bulldozer fell through the ground
to expose it.
Instead of trying to fill it, designer Greg Norman left it there, creating an unusual
hazard. As it turns out, these cenotes exist throughout the Fairmont
Mayakoba, exposing an underground river system below. There’s another one in
behind the green of the par-3 second hole, but that’s just the beginning of the
topographical anomalies that set this 7,024-yard golf course apart from other
golf courses.
El Camaleon, which has played host to the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic since
2007, has become a quiet favorite among tour players. The PGA Tour event is
played opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Marana, Ariz., which is open to
the top 64 available players in the world. Instead of taking the week off, many
of those players who don’t make the Accenture are choosing to make their way to
the Yucatan Peninsula, 40 minutes south of Cancun to the Mayakoba Resort. The
fields have been improving every year, not only because of the hospitality and
quality of the resort, but the golf course has impressed as well.
“It’s really been word of mouth,” said Director of Golf Kevin Sebulski.
“Guys play here and tell other guys how good it is, and they want to come.
Really, it’s not so bad to be the 65th-ranked player in the world. They have it
pretty good here.”
El Camaleon is a golf course for all levels
Operated by the Fairmont Mayakoba resort, the golf course is 100 percent paspalum,
providing perfect lies on the fairways and consistent, albeit slower green
speeds than found on most tour courses.
But around those perfect fairways is plenty of trouble, including miles of natural
mangrove forests, which are home to all kinds of natural species of wildlife,
including tropical birds and fish and iguanas everywhere (no, there are no
chameleons). Certified by Audubon International, El Camaleon has lots of holes
that are also bordered by canals that were painstakingly carved through the
limestone during construction of the resort. They reveal crystal clear water
that not only provides water hazards on the golf course, but a waterway between
hotels and the golf course. And two holes, including the signature par-3 15th,
are set against the Caribbean Sea, exposed to the sea breeze, which adds
another element of difficulty.
In short, the golf course is anything but easy for the world’s best players, who
play it as a par 71. It requires accuracy, course management and an excellent
short game. The holes are all memorable, especially the finishing stretch.
Fortunately, there are four sets of tees, playing as little as 5,000 yards from the forward
tees. For the resort player, choosing the right set of tees is paramount
because you’ll want to have a shortish club for approaches to avoid finding the
water hazards, which are present on 80 percent of the holes.
El Camaleon Golf Club: The verdict
El Camaleon Golf Club gets high marks for conditioning, interest and beauty. The
golf course is truly one of Norman’s best designs, offering a variety of holes
with different backdrops. There’s nothing boring about El Camaleon. It forces
you to pay attention, but it’s fair. If you manage your game and have
reasonable control over your shots, you can have success. If you spray it,
however, make sure you’ve got several sleeves of golf balls.
Naturally, practice facilities are also outstanding, including an extensive short-game
area, complete with practice putting greens, practice bunker and pitching
green.
Guests will also enjoy the dining at El Camaleon’s clubhouse, which serves up fresh
pico-de gallo, avocadoes, fresh seafood, burgers and quesadillas.
Mike Bailey,
Senior Staff Writer

Golfing In Mexico Can Mean A Unique Eco Friendly Experience

Golfing in CozumelGolfing 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. The reason for this is that this is the eastern coast of Mexico where there is a lot of white sandy beach to sun 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, 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 shows that this is, in fact, the home of a unique golf tournament. The annual 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 shows that Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa is going to be helping to design a golf course in this ecotourism hot spot. Once that’s 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 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.

Book your Maya Riviera tee time today at TeedOff!

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*