If you love to play golf, then you are going to enjoy a vacation on the Yucatan Peninsula. From Merida to the Mayan Riviera, there are a growing number of golf courses and golf clubs to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. And the weather is wonderful for golf all year round, so if you're coming here, bring your golf clubs!

Merida

There are two places to play golf in Merida. The Club de Golf at La Ceiba is off the road to Progreso and is the first golf course built in the area. It is located in the center of the most prestigious residential development in the area, also called La Ceiba. Here, you will find a friendly clubhouse and pro shop servicing an 18-hole, par 72 golf course (6590 yards). There are also nine tennis courts, two of which are covered. There is an 18-hole mini golf course, a swimming pool, a complete gym with lockers and steamrooms for men and women, a putting green and practice tee, as well as a restaurant and bar. Basically, they have everything you need to enjoy golf and tennis, and stay in shape for both. You can find out more about them here at the La Ceiba Club de Golf website.

The newer game in town can be found at the Yucatan Golf Club, also just off the road between Merida and Progreso. The Yucatan Golf Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course (7282 yards). Next door is the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy where beginners and more experienced golfers can learn the Jack Nicklaus way of playing golf. There is also a huge, new clubhouse and extensive plans for a residential development that includes homes, hotel, spa, schools and a commercial town center. Find out more at the Yucatan Golf website.

Mayan Riviera

Along the Mayan Riviera are multiple venues for playing golf. The newest and most famous course is called the Mayakoba, which sponsors Mexico's only (so far) PGA event, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which is held in mid-February. The golf course there is called El CamaleĆ³n and features 18-holes, par 72 in over 7000 yards of beautiful Caribbean scenery, including two seaside holes and hazards that include cenotes and crystal clear blue lagoons. For more information about Mayakoba's Golf Course, here is their website.

Along the Mayan Riviera, you will also find additional golf courses in Cancun, Puerto Aventuras and other locations.

Green Fees

Green fees range from $190 to $225 USD along the Mayan Riviera, so you may find that you can play more golf in the Merida area for less money. In Merida, green fees hover around the $1000 to $1500 peso range, which, depending on the currency exchange rate, can go as low as $85 USD for 18 holes.

Enjoy!

Wherever you choose to play golf in the Yucatan, be sure to bring sunscreen and try not to play in the heat of the day. Mornings and late afternoons are perfect times to be out on the course and under the Mayan sun.