You can find some of the best golf courses in North America in a country where you can play all year: Mexico. You can golf Mexico on the Pacific Coast, the Baja Peninsula, the Caribbean coast, and many points in between.
Central Mexico Golf
We bring this up because our latest feature story in the online Luxury Latin America magazine is about golf courses of San Miguel de Allende. There are only three of them there, but considering it’s a city of a couple hundred thousand including the suburbs, that’s not bad. One is a rather new course designed by Nick Faldo, with some of the accompanying buildings still under construction and houses still going up around it. Another has been around for decades: Malanquin Golf Club. Then there’s a nine-hole par 3 course where you can work on your short game while enjoying nice views.
You truly can play all year in San Miguel de Allende, with these courses at 6,500 feet in altitude. It’s almost always sunny and the rains are infrequent, mostly in the summer. It never gets all that cold or all that hot. Plus you won’t get too winded since you’ll have a cart and probably a caddy too.
Most other locations in central Mexico have one or two courses you can play on without being a member. Naturally, the larger the city, the more options there are. So Mexico City and Puebla are going to have more choices than golf-deprived Guanajuato or Zacatecas.
Western Mexico Golf
We’ve published other golfing in Mexico stories in the past, with round-ups on the course options. The king of locations is Los Cabos, where you’ve got courses designed by the best of the best. The Quivira course by Jack Nicklaus has become a pilgrimage site to play, like Pebble Beach. And equally challenging. But how about this view!
That’s just the start though and no matter where you’re staying in the area, you’ve got a course nearby. See our rundown on golf in Los Cabos here. In general, it’s a lot more pleasant here in the winter months when you can escape the cold up north. Summers at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula can easily top 100 degrees by late morning.
The runner-up would be golf in Puerto Vallarta, with several courses in the main resort area (including one right by the marina), two in the Punta Mita complex, and others going in further north. These vary widely in topography and difficulty and in the muggiest months, you probably don’t want a 2:00 p.m. tee time. This area is a good one for a family vacation, with plenty to do in the region and a few good all-inclusive resorts geared to families. See our Puerto Vallarta luxury hotel reviews for more.
Golf in the Yucatan Peninsula
There are plenty of places to play in the sunny Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Naturally, there are choices around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, where most of the resorts are located. At last count there were 16 places to play strung out along this coast. The southernmost one, almost to Tulum, is the Riviera Maya Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Riviera Cancun is one of the newest, another course designed by Jack Nicklaus. A relatively recent one at Playa Mujeres was designed by Greg Norman. He also designed the PGA championship course El Camaleón Mayakoba that is surrounded by four luxury resorts we have reviewed in detail. If you stay at one of those official Mayakoba resorts you’ll shave $100 off the hefty greens fee.
You can also find some options around Merida though, with Club de Golf Yucatan open to visitors every day between Merida and the Gulf Coast. Despite its name, Yucatan Country Club also allows tourists to come play as long as they book a tee time in advance.
Other Mexico Golf Locations
If you stay at any beach resort area of Mexico, chances are there’s a golf course nearby. There are a couple good ones in Mazatlan, a couple in Huatulco, and a good public one right by the marina in Ixtapa.
In the interior, it’s best to ask the hotel concierge to hook you up because then you’re in a situation where most of the players are locals, not tourists. So you may have to squeeze your way into a country club or membership course where the welcome mat is not so visible.
Have you found a great place to play golf in Mexico? Let us know in the comments.