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Local Experts: Cancun, Laura Winfree

By Local Expert Laura Winfree

Best Places to Golf in Cancun

Golfing in Cancun means more than just a manicured green. With a backdrop of verdant jungles, ancient Mayan ruins, breathtaking lagoons and the intense, azure Caribbean Sea, it’s no wonder the courses in Cancun are among the most sought-after by golf enthusiasts. This destination boasts world-class golf courses stretching from the northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula all the way down the coast to the beaches of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya. Cancun is encircled with courses for all skill levels, and the best places to golf also feature excellent facilities. Find five-star restaurants, professional sporting shops, and practice areas that rival the main course in beauty are key amenities at these top courses. During your Cancun vacation, you can choose from a wide variety of unique golf courses located no more than an hour from your hotel or resort. Simply grab a club and ask your concierge to set you up a tee time. 

Iberostar Cancun Golf Club

This stunning 18-hole par 72-course sits between the Nichupte Lagoon and El Rey Mayan ruins in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Enjoy a game surrounded by overgrown mangroves and an active wildlife population. When you go to retrieve an errant golf ball, watch out for crocodiles that amble onto the green. The Iberostar Cancun Golf Club also has services such as a clubhouse and pro-shop.    

Playa Mujeres Golf Club

Situated 20 minutes north of Cancun in the Playa Mujeres area, this 18-hole, par 72 course was designed by Greg Norman and features beautiful lagoons and views of the Caribbean Sea. Norman skillfully rearranged native foliage to design the obstacles in his lauded course, and his namesake brand can be found at the pro-shop, alongside Titleist, Izod, and Tehama. 

Pok-Ta-Pok

Named for the ancient Mayan ball game, this course’s signature feature is 1,000 year-old Mayan ruins. Located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, the 18-hole Pok-Ta-Pok golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., with views of the Nichupte Lagoon and small sandstone relics. Services include a driving range, two putting greens, and a restaurant with waterfront views. Thirsty on the course?  Roving golf cart bars often pass by.  

El Camaleon Mayakoba

This 18-hole par 72-course is nestled within a luxury resort complex in the heart of the Riviera Maya, less than an hour south of Cancun. The Audubon Society has recognized it for its wildlife-friendly landscape: lined by jungle and mangroves, and peppered with sand dunes, cenotes, and lagoons. It’s also the PGA Tour site for the OHL Classic and home to the Jim McClean Golf School. 

Playacar Golf Course

This 18-hole course winds its way through the upscale residential and resort neighborhood of Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, about one hour south of Cancun. Playacar Golf Course also has services like a pro-shop, a bar and grill, a spectacular driving range and a large putting green. Head to the 19th hole for snacks, sandwiches, and a refreshing post-game cocktail.  

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