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The Best Golf Courses in Mexico

As a traveler and golfer, I enjoy exploring golf courses all around the world as well as in my backyard. Mexico boasts a few unique courses that are challenging and unique, but also capture the area’s natural beauty. Below are three golf courses that I think are the best in Mexico.

Riviera Cancun Golf Club

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Riviera Cancun Golf Club was designed and built by retired American professional golfer Jack Nicklaus and his international golf course design firm in 2008. The 18-hole, par-72 course is filled with ocean views, lush landscaping, and heavily contoured greens. And it will come as a surprise to you when I say that the golf course does not feature any homes or other distractions that have become commonplace on golf courses today!

When you pay for a round of golf at Riviera Cancun Golf Club, you will get the chance to indulge in an all-inclusive lunch before or after you tee off. Not only that, but the dining area is nestled among the beautiful scenery of the 18th hole. After an all-inclusive lunch and a day of golfing, feel free to explore the restaurants and hotels that populate the area. The golf course is located in the Hotel Zone, so there is plenty of nightlife to explore afterwards!

Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

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The Mayakoba golf course made history when it became home to the first PGA TOUR event, the OHL Classic, held outside of the United States or Canada. The OHL Classic has been held annually at Mayakoba since 2007. The tournament is considered one of the finest among professionals, and as such, the tournament is held at one of the finest golf clubs in Mexico.

As you’re making your way through the Greg Norman-designed course, you’ll get to marvel at its ecologically diverse beauty and while pondering about the professional golfers who have walked the greens before you. The par-71 luxury golf course spans 7,039-yards that highlights three diverse landscapes of the area: tropical jungle, dense mangroves, and oceanfront stretches of sand. Although the course may be difficult for the average Joe to play, Norman designed the course with all levels of player in mind. Each hole on the course is fitted with five different tee blocks, so players of all skill levels will have the chance to play this internationally acclaimed course.

Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club

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Also designed by Jack Nicklaus and his design firm, the Pacifico Golf Course offers views of white-sand beaches along the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains. The 7,104-yard, par-72 course features eight ocean-side holes, but that’s not what the course is most famous for.

The “Tail of the Whale” hole, a “19th par-3 hole” is notorious for being the only golf course in the world with a natural island green. Not only that, but the hole was engineered to be extra challenging by having an oceanside tee on the beach and shaping the green to reflect the shape of a whale’s tale. Speaking of whales, the course also offers golfers the chance to watch whales during their seasonal migration!

Have you played any of these holes? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Is your golf score too high for your liking? If you think hitting more balls on the range will give you the practice you need to lower your score, you might want to think twice and evaluate your golf swing instead. The golf swing is the single most important factor when improving your game, so instead of hitting more balls, you should take time to reevaluate and study your swing. Here are a few ideas that you can practice both at home and on the course.

Record Yourself to Learn from Your Mistakes

We all have weak spots that we’re not aware we have — that is until either someone tells us or we can see it for ourselves. To learn from your mistakes, you can record video of your golf swing via a tripod or a friend who’s on the course with you. You can use this as an opportunity for some practice, then watch the video later on with a notepad and pen in hand. As you’re watching and replaying your golf swing, take note of your stance, balance, grip and other techniques that assist with making the perfect golf swing.

Or Hire a Golf Teacher

Instead of recording yourself, you can also hire a golf teacher to show you the ropes. This hands-on approach can be better for visual players who learn best with a coach by their side to physically point out flaws and readjust form.

Double Check that Your Golf Clubs are Properly Sized

Since every golfer is different, it’s only appropriate that every golfer has properly sized clubs based on their height. Your golf clubs should be the same length as the distance from the ground to the tips of your fingers when your arms are relaxed at your sides. If this is not the case for you, unfortunately you might have to purchase a new set of clubs that align more with your height. However, this will pay off in the long run by improving your overall game.  

Practice Your Balance

If your feet move and become unbalanced during your swing, your hands and body will try to realign that balance — which can heavily affect the outcome of your swing since it relies on your hands being properly placed. You will want to practice your balance. Try swinging your club while standing on the foam log. Although this sounds like it’s a difficult feat to accomplish, once you have mastered balancing on the log, keeping your feet balanced on solid ground will be a whole lot easier.

Watch Your Hand Placement

You don’t want to keep your hands too high on the club, or else you won’t have as much control, and therefore the ball might not go in the direction you need it to go. When you keep your hands low, you will have more control and you can actually lower the flight of the ball — which is great for certain shots that need a lower trajectory.

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