Riviera Maya comprises an 81-mile stretch of coastline on the Yucatan Peninsula that runs south from the famous resort of Cancún, along highway 407, to the less well-known tourist destination of Tulum.
Riviera Maya Golf Club is Grupo Piñero’s first golf development and the company commissioned Robert Trent Jones Jnr to set out twenty-seven holes, comprising an 18-hole championship layout and an above average 9-hole par three course.
Actually, there’s still plenty of room to extend the golf facility within this 290-acre site and a further nine playing corridors have already been cleared to the south of the main course in readiness for a future expansion.
The present course is situated next to an old limestone quarry, where its fairways were literally carved from a landscape of dense jungle. Feature holes on the front nine include the 4th and the 8th, where water threatens at both greensites.There’s also a strong finish to the round, starting at the long par five 16th (doglegging around a stone-lined water hazard) and ending at the 436-yard 18th, where the hole plays uphill, past a number of rocky outcrops, to the home green.
Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Golf Club is the southern-most golf course on the Maya Trail, just minutes north of Tulum. This Robert Trent Jones Jr. design only opened in 2010 but has already become a perennial favorite since it features some elevation changes that are not typical in these parts. The course is carved out of dense jungle and Jones has incorporated the natural vegetation and cenotes (fresh water caves) in this unique design. There is an 18-hole par 72 championship layout as well as a 9-hole par 3 course with plenty of natural lakes so you can decide how much of the day you want to play! The front nine is very tight with mangroves and tropical forest lining the fairways and almost all of the seven water hazards are located on the back nine so make sure you bring your straight game or you will be in for a long painful day. The rock-walled par-5 14th is picturesque but without a doubt my favourite hole was 15th that spans 190 to 245 yards from terraced tee blocks that drop some 60 feet across a lake to an enormous green. If you are lucky enough to make it over the water then you’re probably in for a long putt. This facility is an all-inclusive so food and drinks are included with your green fees. There is much to do in and around Tulum that you should consider the morning round your warm-up. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than exploring the most beautiful archaeological site in the Mayan Riviera or the caves at Aktum Chen unless it is snorkeling in a fresh water cenote. To read more about golf in Mexico visit http://golftravelandleisure.com/category/mexico-ca...