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

Each day until 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.

We are at the halfway point in our countdown, so lets review golf courses 12 through 7.

Coming in at #12 Cozumel Country Club.  This Nicklaus Design Group course is one of the oldest in the area, opening in 2001, and is the first golf course in Mexico to earn the designation of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International.

At #11 is El Manglar.  This 18-hole, par 54, 2923-yard course opened in early 2003 is great resort course with predominant trade winds that demand pinpoint accuracy and challenges even the most experienced of players.

#10 is Iberostar Cancun. Located in the heart of the Cancun hotel-zone, this 18-Hole, Par 72 Championship golf course is set within ancient Mayan Ruins and teeming with numerous tropical birds, native iguanas and huge crocodiles.

#9 on our list is Riviera Cancun.  Located at the south end of the hotel zone, this 18 hole, 7,060 yard, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course is carved from the terrain’s natural contours and features two holes with gorgeous ocean views.

On our countdown at #8 is Playacar Golf Club.  Designed in 1995 by Robert Von Hagge, this par 72, 7,144 yard course is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen and is considered one of the most challenging in the region, especially the long, narrow front nine.

And at #7, is Playa Mujeres. Opening in July of 2006, this Greg Norman signature design is the region’s longest course at 7,218 yards offering spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and located north of downtown Cancun, 20 minutes from the hotel zone.

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

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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.

Nick Price golf comes to the Riviera Maya

Last Saturday I finally got my chance to play the new course, it was worth the wait. I lived in Hawaii for 15 years and have gotten used to playing beautiful resort courses weekly so I had some expectations about what it might look like and I’ve watched the construction as it progressed for months now.

Grand Coral Golf Course

Grand Coral Golf Course

The exclusive location of the new Grand Coral Riviera Maya resort—within the city limits of Playa del Carmen and right next to the Caribbean Sea—presented a unique challenge to Nick Price as he began designing the golf course: that of creating a course that highlights the region’s natural beauty and its blessed location while still conserving the ecological environment and minimizing the need for excessive use of water. The design team conducted a planning and routing study in conjunction with a carefully selected team made up of the Grand Coral Group real estate developer, wildlife consultants, biologists, civil engineers and environmental consultants.

The layout is eye candy and a treat to play. The course is fair and hard depending upon your choice of tee boxes.

The Grand Coral Riviera Maya project features a magnificent 18-hole golf course with the Nick Price touch and design, where pros and amateurs alike can spend pleasant days playing golf only a few yards away from the Riviera Maya’s spectacular Caribbean Sea.

We played from the blues which added a just the right amount of challenge for me.

The greens are large and will be wonderful after the grounds crew do the final rolling and cut them down to get the speed up it was very slow like shag carpet but that will go away soon believe me.

Resort courses are by nature not intended to punish the tourist golfer if you play from the whites or ladies tee’s.

From the tips or blues it will make you think your way around the course, I know you will find it a pleasure to play and make a small wager with your friends.

I found all the holes a challenge and visually interesting and it wasn’t a push over either.

The new electric carts were fast and very responsive and have a drive gear that allows you to just stop and walk away without setting the brake.

They haven’t added the jugs of sand/grass for repairing divots yet to the carts but I’m sure they will add that as well to protect the grass.

This course will be a must play for your next vacation trip to Mexico or a weekly game if your lucky enough to live here like I do.  Don’t forget to book your next Mexico golf outing through our favorite service TeedOff located in Playa del Carmen and serving the entire Yucatan golf region.

Larry Crowson

Gringosinparadise.com.mx

Great Golfing In Mexico Offers Magic You Won’t Find Elsewhere

Mexico Golf

Mayakoba's El Camaleon

Anyone who has ever had a good time in Mexico can tell you that the warmth and sparkle of this country and it’s people are definitely worth experiencing. Even beyond the culture there is the fact that this is where you see beauty of the natural variety around every corner. For those that love to golf, Mexico has many choices, but let’s check out a few of a the best, shall we?

You know that there are many great places to go in Mexico, but what about golf specific locations? Well, according to an article in Golf Tips Magazine, there are some clear favorites such as cancun golf courses, beach front  playa golf courses for an ideal mexico golf experience. There is Vista Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Moon Palace in Cancun, and Pamilla in Los Cabos, just to name a few. Some of these courses are designed by golf greats like Tom Weiskopf, Robert Trent Jones and even Jack Nicklaus. These are gorgeous courses that suit a variety of skill levels.

Of course, there are more than these to choose from. If you happen to be a fan of the Acapulco experience, T.L. Chancellor of USA Today’s Travel section wrote an article showcasing exclusive golf retreats here such as the Turtle Dunes Country Club or Tres Vidas. When you think about being able to golf right up to the Pacific ocean, you can see the charm here. Another beauty of a Mexican course you may want to experience lies in Akumel, where LocoGringo writer Bart Smith tells about the Bahia Principe course designed by Robert Trent Jones. It seems that Mexico, especially the Yucatan Peninsula, is just bursting with gorgeous gems for golfers to discover.

Speaking of the Yucatan, if you are looking for something fabulous then the Mayakoba might just be a great choice. Tee times at the El Camaleon give you an open door to a Greg Norman designed course that you are not going to want to miss. Why? Well, because it’s part of the PGA Tour, for one thing. If you are anywhere on the east coast of Mexico, even the pros will tell you that Mayakoba is a resort you have got to visit. As long as you book early, you should be able to find that out for yourself whenever you are in the area.

Yes, Mexico is definitely a golfer’s delight. You can get a lot of good out of this place and find with real magic that you just won’t find anywhere else in Central America or even the rest of the world. Whether it’s Cancun, Acapulco or Mayakoba, the mix of natural beauty and friendly folks shines from coast to coast here. You should consider it if you want a great golfing experience.