The sun-kissed Mexico city of Cancun has become a world-class golf destination for both amateurs and professionals thanks to its unique courses, including several set on the grounds of upscale resorts.
With courses designed by such notable names as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Von Hagge and Greg Norman, Cancun’s golfing scene isn’t short on pedigree. And with a number of these courses located within hotel resorts, many of them combine golfing excellence with a wide range of other hospitality offerings. If you’d like to stay somewhere in Cancun with top-class golf on your doorstep, we’ve compared the city’s best golf resorts below.
Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
For an all-inclusive adults-only golf resort in Cancun, the 5-star Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is hard to beat. Located on a secluded stretch of white-sand beach in the exclusive gated community of Playa Mujeres, the resort is situated directly next to an 18-hole, signature Greg Norman golf course. Guests receive discounted green fees along with free access to a whole host of great amenities including multiple restaurants, a coffee shop, a private beach area, a tennis court, and even an on-site nightclub. Snorkelling is also available in the crystal clear waters right off the coast of the hotel. The centre of Cancun is a 15-minute drive away and guests with their own car can make use of free on-site parking.
Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
For an upscale option that also caters to families, Dreams Vista may well fit the bill. The 5-star resort is positioned in the district of Puerto Juarez, two kilometres north of central Cancun, and offers a pristine 18-hole golf course, together with a private beach area, a state-of-the-art spa, a rooftop pool, two surf pools, several eateries, an ice cream parlour, a children’s playground. There’s also a busy programme of daytime activities for all ages and water sports fans can hire kayaks, catamarans and snorkelling gear directly from the resort. Guests at the resort benefit from discounted golf fees.
A 30-minute drive from downtown Cancun, this luxury resort is nestled in the heart of the city’s Hotel Zone, conveniently close to the International Airport. All guests at the resort get free use of the emerald-green nine-hole course, which is fun and gentle enough for beginners and younger players. Tropical landscaping accentuates the lush greens and the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean – plus views of the beautiful Nichupté Lagoon – are just steps away. Elsewhere in the resort, there are three pools, a tennis court, a fitness centre and spa, and a choice of ten restaurants and numerous bars.
Grand Oasis Cancun
Another family-friendly option, also in Cancun’s hotel zone, is this all-inclusive resort perched on its own private beach. A stay here includes the green fee for a round on the nine-hole course, which boasts a quick and entertaining layout. Sprawling across a tropical landscape that sits along the coastline, the lush, well-maintained greens and fairways blend seamlessly with the natural terrain. The resort also boasts a tennis court, a spa and gym, eight restaurants and nine bars, and one of the largest swimming pools anywhere in Latin America. Live shows, music festivals and other performances are also regularly held here.