Funjet Vacations knows that Riviera Nayarit is the hot new place for golf in Mexico and is offering packages that include a round or more plus different choices of hotel. Clients can choose the Seriously All-Inclusive at Marival Residences & World Spa, for instance, which comes with unlimited golf rounds at one of three courses. They can choose between Marina Vallarta, Vista Nicklaus or Vista Weiskopf, the latter two part of Vista Vallarta Club de Golf, which hosted the Adidas Golf Invitational Pro Ams. Keep in mind that guests are required to wear collared shirts when playing, be over 18 and pay a $49 pp cart fee. An overnight stay for two with all meals and other activities included starts at less than $200.
Also in Riviera Nayarit are the breathtaking courses in exclusive Punta Mita, Bahia and Pacifico, which are spread out over 200 acres of scenic fireworks. According to Punta Mita Club de Golf’s head golf pro, Arturo J. Castro, the 18-hole Bahia course has “lots of movement in the fairways and greens,” with six holes adjacent to the ocean. Just two years old, this is the younger of the two courses and has 7,035 yards. The 18-hole Pacifico course is laid out on more than 7,000 yards and has eight holes available for play by the sea, with the unique distinction of being the only course in the world with a hole on a real island—the famous Tail of the Whale (3b).
Four Seasons Punta Mita has a Spa and Unlimited Golf package that lets couples or friends indulge in their own preferred activity—he can sign up for an 80-minute massage at the world-class Apuane Spa, while she can play in the greens all day and also enjoy complimentary scheduled clinics and practice range privileges. Rates per night start at $885. If you’ve stayed here, you know this is as good as it gets: accommodations are classically luxurious, the spa is a real gem in the wellness game and the dining options get all our stars.
riviera maya Despite its main attractions—sun, sea and sand—the Riviera Maya has quickly become known for a variety of world-class greens and tournaments alike. Grand Coral Riviera Maya just debuted in February, a huge development that includes an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price surrounded by a network of lakes and plenty of verdant foliage, with a spa, restaurant, gym club and other facilities within the property. Grupo Vidanta has brought El Manglar, an 18-hole Nicklaus design characterized by strong winds, natural stone and two holes that provide greater challenge: numbers 7 and 17. Then there’s Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Golf Club, which brings an environmentally friendly 36 holes—three 9-hole championship courses and a 9-hole executive course—right next to the all-inclusive Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort. Coming up in the next couple of years is Kanai, a development set to house two 18-hole courses and a couple of hotels: the St. Regis Kanai Resort and a property from Auberge Resorts.
Despite the classic courses and newcomers, however, Mayakoba’s El Camaleon is probably still the rock star of Riviera Maya golf. Designed by Greg Norman, the 7,000-yard course is bordered by the Caribbean and is known for its attention to the region’s lush vegetation of mangroves, tropical jungle and limestone canals. This is the home of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the only sanctioned PGA tour stop in Mexico, and the Jim McLean Golf School.
Mayakoba’s luxurious hotel offerings never forget that golf is a main draw here. The Fairmont Mayakoba, for instance, is offering its El Camaleon 101 package. Each client enjoys a 3-hour pro session per stay with a Jim McLean Certified Master Instructor, two rounds of golf pp, per stay, complimentary golf club rentals and a $150 Willow Stream Spa credit per room. The package starts at $449 per night with a 3-night minimum.