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Greg Norman’s El Camaleón Golf Course in Mexico.


« IT’S EASY TO GET TO AND IT HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN AFFORDABLE. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? »


recent years, including Camilo Villegas from Colombia; Carlos Franco from Paraguay; and Angel Cabrera (the winner of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters Tournament), José Cóceres and Andrés Romero from Argentina and Jhonattan Vegas from Venezuela, as well as Champions Tour members 2008 U.S. Senior Open champion Eduardo Romero and Vicente Fernández from Argentina. Stay tuned. There are plenty more on the way.


Viva, Mexico Mexico has been attracting golf tourists—and the PGA TOUR— for a long time and with good reason. The country has a wealth of courses, many of them outstanding. It’s easy to get to and it has traditionally been affordable. So what are you waiting for? The TOUR visits the Cancun region and one of its truly


outstanding resorts in February for the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, played at the 45-acre Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya. Conveniently located, it’s about a 45-minute drive from the Cancun International Airport. The resort has 401 rooms in the main building and villas.


Guests can luxuriate in five freshwater pools and then enjoy boat cruises, bird watching tours along the carefully maintained nature trails, and a club for kids (they may need a break from you as much as you may need a break from the little darlings; that’s why they call it an all-inclusive vacation). There is a variety of dining options, beginning with the most elegant, Las Brisas, a widely- praised seaside restaurant. There is also the Willow Stream Spa, with its 20 treatment rooms, two mineral pools and steam rooms. A full-service health club and beauty salon are also available. Give yourself a break and take the full cure. You deserve it. Greg Norman has a well-known reputation for creating courses


that are at once extremely challenging and stunningly beautiful and right near the top of the list is the par-70, 6,923-yard El Camaleón—his maiden design in Mexico. Norman laid out the course under a dense forest canopy and it works its way through a


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lush tropical landscape of jungles and mangroves and offers holes with ocean views. It is also noteworthy for his use of limestone canals, cenotes (subterranean caves) and tropical lagoons. To his credit, in a nod to environmental concerns, Norman


and his team bent over backwards to preserve the relatively- pristine nature of the property. As a result, in 2006, El Camaleón was awarded certification status for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. It was also voted “Best New International Golf Course” by Golf Magazine. On the subject of resorts done on a grand scale, we come to


the Moon Palace Spa and Golf Club, the flagship of the Palace Resorts in Cancun. The resort offers 27 beautiful holes designed by Nicklaus, including his only signature course in Mexico. Each nine offers golfers a challenging but fair test if they keep in mind that they are not the second coming of Nicklaus. If not, you will be in for a rude awakening. The resort has 2,457 rooms (no, that is not a typo) with double


Jacuzzis, 15 restaurants, 12 bars, two Olympic-size freestyle pools, one indoor pool, six tennis courts, two basketball courts, two fitness centers and—if that weren’t enough—plenty of other recreation and entertainment amenities to exhaust yourself, all set on 123 acres of tropical greenery—not to mention a 2,000-foot beach. All of which brings us to Grand Velas, an all-inclusive resort


45 minutes from the Cancun airport which offers seven gourmet à la carte restaurants, each boasting a different international cuisine. If you did nothing but eat, that would be reason enough to visit the place. Finally, in June, the Nationwide Tour travels to El Bosque Golf


Club in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City for the Mexico Open presented by Banamex, which was first played in 1944 and has been a Nationwide Tour event since 2008. There are no Champions Tour events planned for Mexico in 2012 but the way things are going down Mexico way, don’t bet against one being played there in the not-to-distant future. Mexico is that hot these days. ■


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