Review for Iberostar Bávaro

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Renowned architect P.B Dye turned a relatively flat piece of land into a world class test of golf for players of all skill levels. Dye dug down and mounded the dirt on either side of the fairways so most errand shots will filter back into play, but the swales and mounding will surely keep you off balance.

There are 105 white quartz sand bunkers and the course is seeded with salt water tolerant ‘Supreme Paspalum’ turfgrass. The conditioning here is great, and the putting surfaces have subtle breaks.

Red bougainvillea line the wide fairways that allow for plenty of room off the tee to spray the ball. However, in typical P.B. design style the danger lurks around the greens.

The 3rd green is reminiscent of what you are in for with a natural cenote cave on the right and water on the left of this narrow green. You will not get much roll or bounce on the first cut of rough because the “snatch grass”, as I like to call it, is not long but very thick.

A word to the wise. Be careful on your approach to the 9th hole since the front right bunker can swallow a human and water guards the left side.

#10 and 14 are the signature holes. The 10th features a waterfall adjacent to the green with a river that flows into a lake bordering the entire right side of the fairway. With the prevailing winds off the sea, this hole plays much short then it looks. #14 is a long par 5 where your approach shot will make your knees knock because the stone-wall pond in front.

#16 is a short par 3 entirely over water. Definitely one of my favourites probably because it was my only birdie of the day.

There is a full practice facility that includes a driving range, putting green, sand bunkers and V1 golf swing video analysis.

Date: July 19, 2020

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