The main prize in the Andalucía Golf Challenge Circuit Destination Riviera Maya Golf Club Bahia Principe is one week of golf at courses in the Mexican Caribbean.
After the wonderful experience in 2018, at the sister resort of Playa Nueva Romana in the Dominican Republic, this year the prize is just as attractive - once again, being looked after by Grupo Piñero and its fantastic resorts in the Caribbean, part of the group’s Bahia Principe chain. In addition to the magnificent Riviera Maya course at the Bahia Principe complex, we will have the pleasure of playing at other courses including Mayakoba, where a PGA Tour event has been held since 2007, to complete this year’s experience.
The Riviera Maya resort, like the one in the Dominican Republic, has an 18-hole competition golf course plus anther par-three layout. The design is by Robert Trent Jones Jr, and it was named as the best course in Mexico and Central America in 2018 in Golf Digest magazine’s “editor's choice list”. It also has top-class hotel amenities with four Bahia Principe hotels, and a residential complex with comprehensive services and security that encourage many who have visited to fall in live with the resort and decide to make their happiness more permanent by buying a home in this stunning paradise.
For those planning to spend their next holiday enjoying golf, and the beautiful beaches and innumerable charms of the Mexican Caribbean, the Riviera Maya is unquestionably the ideal destination.
At the course you will find jungle, mangroves and sinkholes. The first time one of the sinkholes is contemplated - and they are perfectly integrated into the course - it will certainly dazzle you. It is something you really want to experience, so much sublime beauty.
The resort’s location is ideal, located in Akumal between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. At Playa del Carmen you will find international-level restaurants and outstanding leisure and shopping options. At Tulum you can visit the famous walled city of the Mayan culture; while many other excursions and activities, such as diving and island visits, are within convenient reach of visitors.
For those who prefer not to leave the resort, there are different thematic restaurants, beaches, the golf course and leisure areas that can be accessed in small trains that circulate constantly throughout the resort.
Natural Golf Guidance Method
The golf facilities are complemented by an academy run by Toni Planells, where coaching is taught using its Natural Golf Guidance method. This can be a great opportunity to start out in golf, as this method makes it possible for someone who has never used a club before to approach golf in a non-traumatic way and have fun from the first moment. It is also perfect for correcting bad habits and for helping players who are struggling to progress and want o return to the right path.
The services are equally excellent: they offer rental of clubs and golf carts with GPS and even have a golf shoe rental service.
Also now traditional in October is the Bahia Principe Golf Open, bringing together the world’s best players around one of the leading brands in hospitality and tourism: Bahia Príncipe Hotels. The tournament is one of the most important in the Riviera Maya area.
Regarding the hotels available at the complex, there are ones to satisfy all preferences.
Two hotels are reserved for adults only, where luxury and exclusivity prevail: LUXURY Bahia Principe AKUMAL, on the beach, and LUXURY Bahia Principe SIAN KA'AN, located in front of the golf course clubhouse, especially ideal for golfers.
The other two hotels are also a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy the beaches and authentic flavour of Mexico: the GRAND BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM, with swimming pools on the beach and turtles able to roam free; and the GRAND BAHIA PRINCIPE COBA, the ideal establishment for families within the Riviera Maya complex, with the best facilities and areas for children in the complex, including a waterpark, as well as the option of choosing family rooms for up to eight people and special services for children.
Climate, beaches, golf, gastronomy, culture and friendly hosts: the perfect combination for a getaway to happiness.
ANDALUCÍA GOLF CHALLENGE CIRCUIT 2019
The Andalucía Golf Challenge Destino Riviera Maya Golf Club Bahía Príncipe Circuit begins at Golf Santander (Madrid) on 10 April and ends at La Reserva de Sotogrande on 24 August. The grand final will be played in September at a course still to be determined. The five top players in each category in each tournament will qualify for the grand final, which will decide the five winners who travel to Mexico for an all-inclusive week-long stay at Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort, with golf at Riviera Maya Golf Club and El Camaleón Mayakoba.
The schedule for the circuit is:
• Golf Santander (Madrid) 10 April
• Real Club de Golf Guadalhorce 3 & 4 May
• Mijas Golf - Los Lagos 29 May
• Santa Clara Marbella 23 June
• Real Club de Golf Sotogrande 1 & 2 July
• San Roque Club - Old Course 27 July
• Valle Romano Golf Club 3 August
• Flamingos - Villa Padierna 17 August
• La Reserva Club - Sotogrande 24 August
• Gran Final (course TBC) - September