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.
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.