Golf is a big draw in the Mexican Caribbean, and especially in Cancun. There are 15 courses in and around the city, many of which are designed by internationally renowned golfers like Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. Playing here is an experience unlike anywhere else in the world, with some courses incorporating unique features like cenotes. Not only will most rounds of golf be accompanied by sunshine and blue skies, but many clubs offer all-inclusive playing, so you’ll have free access to all the food and drinks you like while you’re there.
If you’d like to include a little golfing into your next vacation, here are some of the best resorts in Cancun.
The Grand at Moon Palace
The Grand at Moon Palace boasts the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Club, a 27-hole golf course designed by the master golfer Jack Nicklaus. If you’re looking to strengthen your golf skills, you can also join the Moon Palace Golf Academy, where a certified golf instructor will teach you all the techniques, including how to improve your swing.
Once you’ve enjoyed a round or two of golf, you can return to the Grand at Moon Palace, knowing you’ve got the ultimate luxury to look forward to. With over 1,000 rooms, each featuring a double whirlpool tub, 24-hour room service, complimentary wine and spirits, and high tech devices, you can while away a few hours relaxing after your exertions, before enjoying the resort’s fifteen restaurants and bars for an evening of indulgence and gourmet dining.
Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
North of Cancun’s Hotel Zone in Playa Mujeres is the Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort, where your every vacation need will be met. From the moment you set foot in one of the 424 beautifully decorated suites, set in manicured tropical gardens, you’ll feel yourself begin to relax.
What really stands out for golf fans is Playa Mujeres’s fantastic Greg Norman-designed, par 72, 18-hole signature course. It has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s finest golf courses, and who are we to disagree? Designed to incorporate the natural beauty of its setting, the first 9 holes take in the mangrove and wetland lagoon side of the peninsula, and the last 9 work their way through the sand dunes towards the ocean.
After you’ve finished up golfing, you can take advantage of Secrets resort’s nine restaurants and multiple bars, offering up delicious dining options and bespoke drinks as part of its Unlimited-Luxury privileges.
Iberostar Selection Cancun
It’s unusual for a Cancun Hotel Zone resort to have its own golf course, but Iberostar Selection Cancun can boast just that, with a course designed by Japanese golfer Isao Aoki. Set in 150-acres within the hotel grounds, this 18-hole par 72 course will challenge even the best golfers. As you work your way around the fairways, you might spot some local wildlife, perhaps tropical birds or iguanas, and there’s even a chance you’ll see a crocodile. The course also sits alongside the grounds of El Rey, an ancient Mayan ruin.
Iberostar Cancun itself is a classic luxury Cancun resort, midway down the Cancun ‘7’, with thirteen suite types to choose from. All are comfortable, elegant, and relaxing, and most of them offer ocean views. There are six classy restaurants here, offering indoor or outdoor dining options. And with a spa and a varied program of activities and sports, there’s plenty to keep everyone in your party entertained, whether or not they’re here for the golf.
Dreams Vista Cancun Golf and Spa Resort
Just outside Cancun’s Hotel Zone in the gated community of Puerto del Mar is the Dreams Vista Cancun Golf and Spa Resort. Providing complimentary green fees at two Cancun golf clubs, you can choose one or the other – or try both. The Playa Mujeres Golf Course is one of the options, and the other, closer to the hotel, is the Puerto Cancun Golf Club. This is a 7,241-yard course designed by Brit golfer Tom Weiskopf. You won’t forget you’re in the Mexican Caribbean for a second, with stunning coastline and marina views while you play.
In the main resort, choose from 416 stylish rooms and suites, and sate your appetite in one of the eight dining options available. The hotel runs complimentary water shuttles to the Puerto Cancun shopping mall, if you’re feeling that way inclined, or there are plenty of onsite activities to keep you active, such as a climbing wall, two surf pools, and a family waterpark.
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