Mayakoba - El Camaleon - Mexico

Fairmont Mayakoba,
Carretera Federal Cancún,
Playa del Carmen Km. 298,
Playa del Carmen Solidaridad,
Quintana Roo,
Riviera Maya 77710,
Mexico


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  • Greg Norman

  • Marcos Zuazu


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Just like the chameleon from which the course takes its name, this Riviera Maya layout winds its way in two large 9-hole loops through an ever-changing landscape of thick tropical jungle and mangrove forest, with a number of man-made lagoons and canals coming into play on all but three of the holes.

Laid out by the design company of golfing legend Greg Norman, the Mayakoba-El Camaleon course has had several natural subterranean caves (called cenotes) incorporated into the design (there’s one of the ancient caverns in middle of the first fairway, for instance) in a highly imaginative routing that brings a couple of par three holes right to the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

These stunning short holes, tucked in alongside natural dune ridges at the 116-yard 7th and the 155-yard 15th, are the real highlights on the scorecard and they’re played right beside the beach where ever-present sea breezes test the mettle of even the very best of golfers as they stand on the tee.

Organized by the Greg Norman Production Company, the Mayakoba Golf Classic has been hosted by the course since 2007 and in the inaugural event, Fred Funk held off the challenge of 131 other professionals to win the title after a playoff, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event since 1975.
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Description: Laid out by the design company of golfing legend Greg Norman, the Mayakoba-El Camaleon course has had several natural subterranean caves incorporated into the design... Rating: 5.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

El Camaleon opened in the spring of 2006 and certainly lives up to its’ name. Like the lizard capable of changing colors accordingly to blend in with their surroundings, this course celebrates nature at its finest as it delicately winds through the sensitive jungles and mangrove swamps and alongside magnificent ocean vistas. Mayakoba - El Camaleon Golf Course - Photo by reviewerAnother amazing feature of this Fairmont managed property is the unique nine kilometers of freshwater natural canals that meander throughout the property shuttling guests to and fro in custom-built mahogany gondolas “lanchas”. No wonder Mayakoba has been dubbed “the Venice of the Yucatan”. Picking my favorite hole was definitely a challenge but in the end it was a toss-up between the 7th and the 15th. Both are par 3’s, where the prevailing winds, sea spray and soothing waves will leave a lasting impression, regardless of your score. Greg Norman has been quoted as stating “With three distinct landscapes and a commitment to preserving the delicate ecosystem of the Yucatan, there is uniqueness in every hole” and I couldn’t agree more! For a complete article on El Camaleon and other courses in the Riviera Maya visit http://golftravelandleisure.com/2013/10/18/golf-in-riviera-maya-mexico/
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Mayakoba - El Camaleon
October 18, 2013


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Its an amazing course with amazing views. The bunkers are fantastic. Played the course in March 2012.
6 / 6
Mayakoba - El Camaleon
March 14, 2012


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This course has some excellent holes, particularly on the front 9. There is a lot of water to contend with and even a couple of caves to play over. A super run of holes from the 5th to the 10th are the real highlight. It was in excellent condition although the greens were on the slow side. There are couple of weaker holes such as the 2nd and the 11th and the par 3's are all short. Well worth a round on your Mexican holiday itinerary, but it is not cheap!!
5 / 6
Mayakoba - El Camaleon
July 26, 2011


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Girts
January 29, 2012
I have played El Camaleon in January 2012 and must say that the course was far better than other courses I managed to play (Playa Mujeres, Riviera Cancun, Iberostar Cancun). Superb service, perfect conditions from tee to green, excellent holes seaside holes and perfect nature. What else do you need for perfect golf? The pro also recommended to play Iberostar Playacar and Riviera Maya courses, if you have more time.