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March 1, 2013updated Mar 04, 2013

Fairway to Heaven: Mexico’s Best Golf

By Chris Boyle

El Camaleón Golf Course

El Camaleón Golf Course

A burgeoning hotbed of world-class courses, Mexico has become a golfing destination pulled straight from links lovers’ wildest dreams.

With luxury resorts, lavish spas and global VIPs lining their seaside fairways, the country’s legend-designed courses sit amongst more than just palm trees and offer far more than just golf.

El Camaleón

El Camaleón Golf Course

Any Mexico golf adventure must begin where the pros do, at El Camaleón, the PGA Tour’s first and only stop south of the border.

The host of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba weaves along stands of mangrove trees and crystalline Caribbean oceanfront before arriving at the AAA Five Diamond-certified Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, where players can prep for the next round beneath the jungle canopy ceilings of the Willow Stream Spa

Just up Mexico’s Cancun-to-Chetumal highway is Playa Mujeres Golf Club, an eco-conscious course that, although only built in 2006, has already joined the ranks of Mexico’s ten best. Spanning the tip of the Yucatan, the genius of Greg Norman’s layout lies in its strategic back and forth design that bounces from the Caribbean to the Chacmochuc Lagoon and back, keeping players on their toes as they take on changing wind conditions and a myriad of distinct water hazards. Afterward, trade bragging rights at the clubhouse’s Laguna Grill, offering 19th-hole cuisine to rival any Michelin-star restaurant, before retiring to the Excellence Playa Mujeres’s two-story, oceanside Imperial Suite.

Pacifico Golf Course

Pacifico Golf Course

Set on an entirely different but equally stunning strip of coastline, the Four Seasons Punta Mita’s Pacifico Golf Course brings Mexico’s golf expertise to Riviera Nayarit’s Pacific paradise.

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Though the resort is known for its five-star accommodations and unrivaled discretion (which has attracted the likes of Jennifer Aniston and John Travolta), it is the Jack Nicklaus-designed course’s “Tail of the Whale” third hole—boasting the world’s only natural island green—that makes it truly one of a kind

Finally, located just five miles from the A-list bustle of downtown Cabo, is the $200 million private resort community Diamante Cabo San Lucas and on it—wrapping amongst the 40 beach estates, a natural hot-spring spa and, soon, Tiger Woods’s very first course design, El Cardonal—the Dunes Course. Designed by former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, the number one-rated course in all of Mexico combines the rolling dunes and devouring bunkers of links golf with balmy Baja breezes and ocean views sure to stop even the most focused player mid-backswing

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