Mayakoba, Mexico, a 620-acre luxury oceanfront resort and residential eco-destination in Riviera Maya and its acclaimed golf course, El Camaleón, was the first stop of LIV Golf’s second season. It’s the league’s first-ever tournament in Latin America.
El Camaleón was designed by golf icon and LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman and is ranked as one of the top courses in Mexico by Golf Digest. In addition, it’s one of the favorite destinations of professional players.
But you don’t have to be a professional player to enjoy a round through the many distinct ecosystems of Mayakoba, Mexico. El Camaleón is considered one of the most diverse golf courses in the world and is open to all players.
“Mayakoba is honored to have been a pioneer for golf within Mexico and Latin America over the past 16 years, and we are incredibly proud of the outstanding players who have found success competing at Mayakoba during this time,” said Borja Escalada, CEO of RLH Properties.
“We could not be more excited to continue this pioneering legacy with LIV Golf, a true industry innovator, and to bring back the best Mexican golfers to play in their home country. We are sure that this alliance will continue to allow us to show the rest of the world all that Mexico, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, and Mayakoba have to offer,” he continued.
What is Mayakoba, Mexico?
Located 45 minutes south of Cancun and minutes from Playa del Carmen, it is one of the best resort communities in Mexico. Mayakoba consists of four luxury hotels: Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba, and Rosewood Mayakoba, as well as three collections of private residences, including Rosewood Residences Mayakoba, Fairmont Heritage Place Mayakoba, and The Reserve.
The sought-after oceanfront destination offers four acclaimed spas, more than 25 restaurants, various recreational activities, and a Dive and Water Sports Center.
El Camaleón: A Golf Course of Many Looks
El Camaleón golf course is the jewel in Mayakoba’s crown, serving as its centerpiece. El Camaleón is unique, not just to Mexico but to the entire world of golf. Perhaps that’s why they named it after a chameleon.
One of the most diverse courses in the world, El Camaleón is built into the tropical jungle, dense mangroves, freshwater canals, and pristine Riviera Maya oceanfront.
A naturally occurring cenote unearthed by Norman’s design team and dubbed the “Cave Bunker” makes for a memorable play on hole 7. In addition to the course, players at El Camaleón can also enjoy a 350-yard driving range, putting green, and a short game area to practice chipping and bunker shots.
Recognized by the Audubon Society, the course offers ever-changing challenges and alluring views. Players enjoy the challenge of fairways lined with distinctive hazards, such as crystal-clear lagoons and the greens on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
After a round, players can enjoy drinks and fresh, locally inspired cuisine at the Koba Club House, offering stunning views overlooking the 18th green.
Have You Played A Course With These Kinds of Amenities?
It’s not just an amazing course but also amazing golf amenities. From world-class offerings to thoughtful conveniences, it’s got it all.
- All carts are equipped with an interactive GPS, providing players with detailed golf course and yardage information, plus the ability to keep score and place food orders on-course.
- There’s a full-amenity clubhouse, including restaurant, shower/locker facilities, and a fully stocked golf shop with logo wear in golf fashions from many well-known brands.
- Taylor Made rental equipment is available to those who don’t want to travel with their clubs.
- The adjoining practice facilities are among the best in Mexico and include a double-ended, 350–yard driving range and a 20,000 sq. ft. short game area with putting and chipping greens.
- The resort also includes Jim McLean Golf School helping to make it Mexico’s premier golf vacation destination.
“Away from the fairways and greens, Mayakoba offers an immaculate beachfront destination and breadth of recreational experiences to showcase the beauty of Riviera Maya while also providing exceptional service to players and fans alike,” Norman continued.
Leave The Rough Beyond: A Superb Stay For Even Non-Golfers
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is located on the Caribbean beachfront in an exclusive gated community, where a secluded hidden paradise combines the best of nature with style. Situated on 590 acres of breathtaking oceanfront with preserved mangroves and lagoon surroundings, the property has 214 guest rooms, including 41 suites.
The inspiring setting transports guests to a true getaway of lush natural environments, locally inspired and indigenous experiences, elevated cuisine, and service described as soulful.
The property joins the Andaz resort collection, consisting of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, and Andaz Scottsdale.
This article was produced by Planner at Heart.