Best Cancun Golf Courses

By Ryan Watson

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Cancun is one of Mexico's great tourist destinations. The city is home to 5 star hotels, some of the world's most beautiful beaches and an assortment of Mexico's finest restaurants. Cancun is also a great place to play golf. The following is our list of the best rounds of golf in Cancun.

El Camaleón Mayakoba

A beautiful course that boasts a bird sanctuary certification from Audubon International, the El Camaleón Mayakoba is located in the greater Cancun area in Playa del Carmen and is the annual host of the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Classic. The course was designed by 2-time Open Championship winner Greg Norman and tries to use as much of the natural landscape as possible. This includes streams, tropical forests, mangrove swamps and of course the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The course also features a distinctly Mexican feature: the small limestone sinkholes and caves known as cenotes that dot the course.

Puerto Cancun Golf Club

Another course designed by an Open Championship winner, the Puerto Cancun Golf Club course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and opened in 2013. The course uses water often, winding through numerous canals and providing beautiful ocean views. The layout is challenging but fair, and multiple tee boxes mean even higher handicappers can enjoy their time on this idyllic course.

Riviera Cancun Golf Club

The Riviera Cancun Golf Club provides a luxury all-inclusive experience for vacationing golfers. Green fees are $220 for the cooler morning rounds but fall to $130 after 1pm, and include a golf cart, practice balls, food and beverage. The course winds through thick palm forests and mangrove stands and features multiple oceanside holes. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and plays like it, with accuracy the best way to defeat this course.

Cancun Country Club

Home to the Nick Price designed El Tinto course, the Cancun Country Club is conveniently close to the airport for a quick round of golf. The course stands an intimidating 7,439 yards from the tips, but can be played as short as 5,616 yards making it another good choice for casual golfers. The course features ample mangroves and over 80 bunkers dotted around 5 lakes. The course is kept in immaculate condition and provides one of the best games of golf in the region.

Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok

The grandfather of Cancun golf, it’s impossible to make a list of the courses in Cancun and not include the Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in 1976, the course is named for a Mayan ball game. And the name isn’t just a nod to the past, the course meanders around actual Mayan ruins. The course is shorter than most of the other courses on this list, but the layout is still plenty challenging despite measuring 6,750 yards. It also features beautiful waterside shots as the course hugs both the Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean.

Bonus Course: Riviera Maya at Vidanta

If a simple fun round is what you desire, look no farther than Vidanta's par-3 course. This 18 hole course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and provides ample fun in a challenging layout that relies on accuracy and not power. The course ends on a beautiful island green to give you a real championship feel without the sore triceps.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.