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Scenic views of holes 9, 13 and 18 on the El Jaguar Course at the Yucatan Country Club, in the exclusive residential community of Yucatan Village and Resort, Mexico. Designed around four lakes and six natural freshwater sinkholes, it is one of only a few courses in the world to be played around historic Mayan ruins, which are found on three of the course’s holes.


If the golf course wasn’t reason


The Mayan Golf Club in Guatemala is one of the oldest and most respected courses on the golf circuit.


enough to pay a visit, the clubhouse is spectacular as is the dining. The practice facilities are first rate, as you’d expect since it is the site of the first Nicklaus Golf Academy in Mexico.


Course at the Yucatan Country Club is one of the finest courses in the world. Period. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, it opened in 2009. It is 7,295 yards from the championship markers and plays to a par 72. The club is about a half-hour’s drive


from Merida International Airport. The course offers generous fairways but demands accurate and well-planned approaches


into the beautiful if


challenging greens. There is any number of outstanding holes but perhaps the


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« THE PRACTICE FACILITIES ARE FIRST RATE, AS YOU’D EXPECT SINCE IT IS THE SITE


OF THE FIRST NICKLAUS GOLF ACADEMY IN MEXICO. »


finest is the par-3 15th, a tip of the cap to the par-3 12th at Muirfield Village, long recognized as one of the finest holes on the PGA TOUR.


A GEM IN GUATEMALA One of the oldest and most respected golf courses in Guatemala is the Mayan Golf Club in Finca El Zarzal, Villa Nueva. The par-72 course plays to 7,103 yards from the back tees and has a slope of 133. The club was formed in 1918 and rental clubs and carts are available. Other facilities include a swimming pool, bowling alley, restaurant, bar, sauna and tennis courts.


FINE TESTS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Jack Nicklaus also took full advantage of a stunning setting when designing Cap Cana, the site of the Champion’s Tour’s former Cap


Cana Championship. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 43


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