Situated a little bit off the beaten track, the course at Playa Mujeres lies to the north of the popular Mexican resort of Cancún, laid out on a largely unspoiled spit of land that leads to the rather remote outpost of Isla Blanca, between the Chacmochuc Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.
The 18-hole Greg Norman-designed course at Playa Mujeres Golf Club fits easily into a sizable, 930-acre development and visitors have been playing its two returning nine holes since 2005. However, such is the ease with which the layout fits the property, an additional 9 holes have been mapped out for a future expansion of the golf facility.
The 172-yard 6th is the short hole to watch very closely on the front nine as “Big Al,” the resident alligator, lurks close to the green. Forget about searching for stray tee shots here! On the inward half, the 386-yard 16th is a beautiful par four set close to the beach and it’s a real tough nut to crack because it always plays against the wind.
I just returned from playing 8 straight days Playa Mujeres. I am a 1 handicap. This was part of a golf package with the on-site Dreams and Secrets resorts. First of all, the resorts are new and beautiful. The bad news is that the beach is too far north of Cancun's hotel zone and is seaweed/feces infested--so in this case don't drink or possibly swim in the water.
This was my second visit to the course. I originally played it during its opening in 2006. Overall, it is a good test of golf. The winds are typically strong, which is the course's greatest defense. The greens are paspallum and the course conditions were exceptional. Overall, the par 5s as a group are excellent and challenging. The second shots on all of the par 5s are noteworthy and tight. Holes to note: #2 (a downwind par 5), #5 a double dog leg par 5 with elevated green, #8 a straight away par 4 with a very demanding green complex, #13 the first of the ocean holes, #15 a moderate length par 3 along the ocean with a green complex that resembles a huge ant hill (a really good redan type of hole but the green is not sloped) and #16 a shortish par 4 up a hill to the ocean (this is the course's well deserved signature hole) where the winds forced me to play 3-4 extra clubs (based on elevation change and 20-30 mph winds). Other than the ocean holes, the rest of the course plays throughout the mangroves.
Overall, this was a very good golf experience because I could get around by myself in the early morning hours and make breakfast with my wife by 9:30--that's a big deal when you are married to a golf widow.