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Global Golf: Mexico



Global Golf: Mexico

 
One of the most popular destinations for Canadians to visit during the cold season is Mexico. Home to over 160 golf courses, Mexico is a popular desitnation for golfers and vacationers alike. The PGA Tour and LPGA have both played events in Mexico and the LPGA returns again this week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Check out Mexico’s top 5 courses, the professional events, and top players who call Mexico home.
 
 

Mexico's Top 5 Courses


Diamante Golf Course 

Diamante Golf Course. (Dunes) Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

On one of the most pristine beaches anywhere along the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find one of the most spectacular golf courses and facilities anywhere — The Dunes Course at Diamante, ranked #38 in the world by GOLF Magazine, complete with an awe-inspiring, 14-acre practice and performance center. Add to that our professional caddie service, resort-style clubhouse and complimentary course-side gourmet comfort stations, and you’ve got an unforgettable experience.
 
When Dunes Course designer Davis Love III first arrived on the Diamante site, he said, “It was like pulling up to St. Andrews.” Golf at Diamante does share some similarities with the classic links courses in Scotland and Ireland. But here, the weather is warmer. The sand is whiter. And the sea is bluer.

 
Cabo del Sol ocean course

Cabo del Sol (Ocean), Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

A world-renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature design stretching for more than a mile along a coastline of craggy rock outcroppings and sun-washed shores. This championship layout is praised by Nicklaus himself for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.”  The 5th and signature 17th holes are currently ranked among “The 500 Best Holes in the World” according to Golf Magazine (January 2000).

Querencia Golf Course

Querencia Golf Course, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Its 18 holes span over 300 acres, carving their way through deep arroyos and resting atop cool, arid plateaus, at the top-ranked golf club in the peninsula. Certainly, not a place for everyone. Querencia is a place to live a life (and play a game) of one's own, encircled by stands of ancient cacti and palm trees, and pleasantly absent of the trappings of crowded destinations. Querencia, Tom Fazio´s first project in Mexico, is ranked the number one golf course in Mexico by Golfweek magazine. A true gem of Baja: a celebration of nature within in a private but relaxed club atmosphere. Fazio's Querencia offers spectacular views from every hole, a challenging yet playable golf experience that both daunts and delights its players. Harmonious transitions from hole-to-hole, subtle breaks, contoured fairways, uniquely shaped bunkers stations.
 
Quivira Golf Course

Quivira Golf Course, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

In a spectacular setting at the tip of the Baja Peninsula marked by sheer granite cliffs, huge windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills 10 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, golf legend Jack Nicklaus has designed a course that is poised to redefine the Cabo golf experience. Presenting a championship-caliber test from the back tees at 7,139 yards, Quivira has multiple sets of forward tees to enhance playability. The layout starts near the beach within earshot of the pounding surf before climbing to higher ground, where the views are a match for the challenge. The topographical variety of the holes—from cactus and arroyos to dunes and cliffs--is unmatched.

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El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Course, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

El Camaleón offers a spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned PGA legend Greg Norman. A unique course, for its fairways lined with sand dunes and mangroves, and distinctive hazards. Just to name a few of its wonderful amenities; two breathtaking seaside holes, water comes into play on all but three holes, and four cenotes (natural subterranean caves) also come into play. All golf carts are equipped with advanced GPS Visage RT+ yardage and golfer assistance systems. Golfers can view flyovers of each hole, keep score electronically, monitor scores in other groups and even order food and beverages from their cart.
 
 

Mexico's Professional Events

 WGC Mexico

WGC Mexico Championships

The 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship was a golf tournament played March 2–5 at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico, just west of Mexico City. It was the 18th time the WGC Championship has been played, and the first of the World Golf Championships events to be staged in 2017. The approximate elevation of the course's clubhouse is 2,400 meters (7,870 ft.) above sea level. The Championship was won by Dustin Johnson in his first tournament as the World number 1.
 
You can catch the next round of the WGC on August 2nd-6th, the Bridgestone Invitational at its traditional site of the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba

The OHL Classic at Mayakoba made golf history in 2007 when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States or Canada. Today, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by professionals and spectators, alike. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba is building a strong tradition and a proud history. Legendary golfers and an outstanding course come together each year to create dramatic and exciting results.
 
Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Lorena Ochoa Invitational

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and JTBC is a women's professional golf tournament in México on the LPGA Tour. Hosted by Lorena Ochoa, the event debuted in November 2008 at the course where she learned to play, Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara.
 
The Lorena Ochoa Invitational is a 72-hole limited-field tournament, limited to 36 golfers. The top five in the Rolex Women's World Rankings are invited, in addition to the top 26 players on the LPGA money list not already in the field via the rankings. Another five players are invited through sponsor exemptions.
 

Famous Golfers from Mexico 

Lorena Ochoa

Mexico wouldn’t be the golf destination it is today without golfers like Lorena Ochoa. Lorena Ochoa was the best player in the world for 157 consecutive weeks (April 2007-April 2010). Lorena Ochoa began her professional career in May 2002; she conquered 27 tournaments in the LPGA, including 2 majors, the Women’s British Open in 2007 and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2008. From 2006 to 2009 she was honored with “Rolex Player of the year”. She has been recognized by the ESPY’s awards for Best Golf Player in 2009 and 2010, and Best International Athlete in 2009.Winner of the ‘National Sport Award’ in 2001, 2006 and 2007, making her the most awarded in Mexico.
 
At the peak of her career she started the project of bringing the best players in the world to Mexico; then, in November 2008, she became the host of her own tournament, ever since, the tournament brings together the professional golf élite in Mexico.
 
In 2010 Lorena paused her professional career as a golf player to focus on her Foundation and other altruistic activities, as well as to the design of golf courses, and other personal projects.
Until this day, she keeps her interest in spreading golf and its practice through different projects, among them: Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, a project that supports golf practice in the United States.
 







Sources
https://www.diamantecabosanlucas.com/cabo-golf-courses/golf-at-diamante/
http://www.cabodelsol.com/content/golf_ocean.html
http://www.loscabosquerencia.com/welcome-to-querencia/fazio-golf/
http://www.mayakobagolf.com/amenities.html
http://quiviragolfclub.com/
http://www.loi.mx/en/tournament/lorena-ochoa/
 
 
 
Posted: 5/3/2017 10:00:00 AM by Meadowbrook


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