For many, golf is an essential ingredient of a great vacation. Cancun and the surrounding area boasts 15 golf courses and has become a world class golf destination for both amateurs and professionals due to its unique courses which have been designed by such architects as Jack Nicklaus (El Manglar Golf Course), Robert Von Hagge (Playacar Spa & Golf Club), Greg Norman (El Camaleon Golf Club), Nick Price (Grand Coral Spa & Golf), and Robert Trent Jones Jr. (Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Riviera Maya Golf Club).
The Association of Golf Courses in the Mexican Caribbean has brought together local golf organizations in order to foster the construction of even more courses in the area. The local terrain and nature conservation regulations have presented challenges in the construction of new golf courses, however the result of ingenious planning has ultimately created challenging and unique courses which can include cenotes (natural sinkholes), tropical jungle, lagoons, mangroves, sand dunes, ancient Mayan ruins, local flora and fauna and views of the turquoise blut Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya, the area south of Cancun, hosts Mexico’s only PGA Tour, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which has been held at the El Camaleon Golf Club since 2007.