|CANCUN, Mexico - July 24, 2006 -- With a wealth of golf courses running
along the island's white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and stunning
Mayan remains, Cancun, Mexico has become a particularly popular attraction
for golfers. Ranked as one of the top leisure destinations of the world,
Cancun, Mexico, draws travelers of all backgrounds and interests and thanks
to a steady increase in visitation by golf aficionados, the golf courses
of Cancun are witnessing a rebirth.
After completing a US$40 million resort refurbishment project this May, the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort recently announced a US$2.9 million golf course renovation, estimated for completion in December 2006. Recognizing the island's ideal location for year-round golfing, as well as the opportunity to provide additional top-notch facilities to this already first-class accommodation provider, the Hilton Cancun has positioned itself as a premier golf resort.
Guests to the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort have already enjoyed last year's enhancements, including a complete practice facility with a new driving range and putting green, additional bunkers and championship tee boxes, a new fleet of 80 deluxe electric golf carts and a locker facility makeover. The site also recently received a new US$1.5 million TORO Site Pro full-automated irrigation system, maintaining the beauty and optimum condition of all 18 holes year-round.
Designed by PGA member Isao Aoki, the 6,735-yard course and club will offer breathtaking views of the Nichupte Lagoon as well as exotic wildlife and indigenous flora and fauna. The latest refurbishment projects will include highly salt-resistant turf replacement, added tee boxes to conform to USGA standards, new landscaping of the 150-acre tropical paradise and the construction of an additional maintenance building, complete with $250,000 of top-of-the-line maintenance equipment. To accommodate these renovation efforts, the golf course will be closed July 1 to December 15, 2006.
In addition to the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, the area offers a range of other hotels and golf courses, suiting every individual's golf interests and needs. Cancun's favorite golf resorts include the following:
Conveniently located within the municipality of Cancun, the Moon Spa & Golf Club, the only Nicklaus Signature Course in Cancun and Riviera Maya, is designed with environmental conservation in mind. Totaling 10,798 yards of play, the three, 9-hole, par 36 courses are surrounded by natural mangroves and exotic animals. The "all-inclusive" package offers transportation, unlimited food and beverage along the course and at the clubhouse.
Playa Mujeres Golf Club, the newest Greg Norman signature course for Cancun, features ecologically friendly championship golf with carefully crafted water holes, jungles, bunkers and greens, utilizing a rearrangement of the site's native plants, trees and other indigenous foliage. Several of the holes offer spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and additional facility amenities include a fully stocked golf shop, well appointed clubhouse, restaurant, practice facilities and lounge area.
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-ta-Pok is the oldest and most prestigious Golf Club in Cancun. Located in the heart of Cancun's famous Hotel Zone, the 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and artistically incorporates the Caribbean shoreline and a wealth of archeological treasures dating back to the ancient Mayas.
El Camaleon Golf Club is Greg Norman's first Mexican design and is located at the Mayakoba resort. The 7,000-yard layout bends through three distinct landscapes: tropical jungles, dense mangroves and stretches of oceanfront sand. Incorporated into the open fairway is an ancient cavern common to the area. In February 2007, El Camaleon will host the first Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournament in Mexico.
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club is a par 72, P.B. Dye design incorporating native Mayan jungle into the narrow fairways and deep bunkers. Facilities include a driving range, putting green, showers, lockers and a full-service pro shop. Designed and constructed by famous architect Robert van Hagge, this par 72 course spans 7,144 yards and is surrounded by lakes and lush vegetation.
Having completed a US$20.33 million beach recovery project in April 2006, all of Cancun's 12 miles of renewed coastline have since been re-opened and are accessible and available for use. In addition to the recent beach re-openings, 83 percent of Cancun's 27,822 hotel rooms have been fully restored and are operating in normal fashion, and most restaurants, discos, marinas and other attractions in downtown Cancun and along the hotel zone are open as well. To provide for the destination's new growth and development, the Cancun International Airport is currently undergoing two renovation projects to better serve its 800,000 passengers per month in high season and will continue to increase its already 170 direct or connecting flights to Cancun every day.
Convention and Visitors Bureau
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