days of sunshine a year, Cancun is a golfer’s paradise. There are
a number of outstanding courses with interesting sand traps and driving
ranges. But be warned – your game may suffer if you are easily distracted
by gorgeous ocean views.
*Please note that the fees and times listed
are subject to change.
ta pok - Pok ta pok Campo de Golf Cancún is the main
course in the area. It’s named after the Maya ball game where the
captain of the losing team was beheaded. Depending on your golfing
partners are, you shouldn't suffer the same fate at this 18-hole
(par 72) course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Its location
between the ocean and lagoon offers some of the most spectacular
views in the area. The club also has a practice green, a swimming
pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant. Hours: Open 6 AM – 6 PM (last
tee-off is at 4 PM). *Fees start at: greens $80 ($45 after 2 PM);
clubs, $18; shoes, $10; caddies, $20; and golf clinics, $25 per
hour. Electric carts are included in the greens fees. Located at Blvd. Kukulcán, between Km 6 and Km 7. Tel: (998) 883-1230.
Hilton Cancun Beach and Golf
Resort - This 18-hole (par 72) championship course is
definitely the selling point for the Hilton Cancun Beach and Golf
Resort. Robert Trent Jr. designed the course, incorporating one
Cancun's ruins (Ruinas Del Ray) into the grounds. There are some
challenging sand traps and an excellent driving range along with
a lovely view of the lagoon. The sunsets are especially beautiful.
Open 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. *Fees start at: greens, between $65.00
to 100.00 US with additional guests at $40 to 50; clubs, $20 to
$30; shoe rental $7; 25; 25 range balls, $2.50. Fees include golf
cart. Pull carts are prohibited. Located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 17.
Tel: (998) 881-8016.
Hotel Meliá Course - This
small 18-hole course (par 3) at the Hotel Meliá forms a semi-circle
around the property and gets the cool ocean breezes and terrific
views. Morning is an especially pleasant time on this green. Contact
the hotel for prices and times. Hotel Meliá Cancún. Blvd. Kukulcán,
Km 12. Tel: (998) 885-1114.
Cancun Palace - This
mini-golf course, suitable for all ages and all levels, is located
on the grounds of the Cancun Palace Hotel. Open 11 AM - 11 PM. *Fees:
$10 per adult, per round, $5 per child, per round. Blvd. Kukulcán,
Km 14.5. Tel: (998) 885-0533.
OUT OF TOWN COURSES
Playacar Golf Club - This
50,000 square foot putting complex includes practice bunkers, a
stadium-like practice range, and a course with interesting twists
and turns. This 18-hole (par 72) course, designed by Robert Von
Hagge, offers the best golf in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Also
on site is a restaurant, pool, and tennis courts. Open 7 AM - dusk.
*Fees start at $120 per person per round for walk-ins. Check with
the hotel for package deals. Located along Paseo Xaman-há, 26 fraccionamiento
Playacar, Playa del Carmen, approximately 40 minutes south of Cancun.
Tel: (984) 987-30-624 or 800/882-6684 in the U.S.
Puerto Aventuras - Puerto
Aventuras is a planned community, 2 hours south of Cancun. The 900-acre
self-contained resort is built around its 95-ship marina and 9-hole
golf course. The verdant par 36 course moves through the surrounding
jungle and has a maximum length of 3,236 yards and a putting green.
Open daily 7:30 AM - 3 PM. *Fees start at $44 per person, per round.
Contact the office for special packages offered. Located on Highway
307, Km 90, approximately one hour south of Cancun. Tel.: (984)