A Golfer’s Paradise

Iberostar’s newest course joins recently formed association

By: Dawna Robertson

When it comes to promoting golf in Mexico, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has been far above par. The company proved instrumental in the recent formation of the Mexican Caribbean Golf Association, a group of courses dedicated to promoting golf as the main sport in the Riviera Maya and Cancun region.

The grand opening of Iberostar’s Playa Paraiso Golf Club and its 18-hole golf course was the catalyst for the company’s enthusiastic involvement in the new golf organization. Set to open in June, this par-72 layout is the latest creation of golf course architect, P.B. Dye.

The course is located on the property of Iberostar’s newest and highest-tier resort, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya. It also lies adjacent to three other Iberostar Playa Paraiso resorts Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, Iberostar Paraiso Beach and Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. Iberostar and the Mexican Caribbean Golf Association foresee that this new course will further position the area as one of the most popular golf destinations in the world.

“Iberostar Hotels & Resorts played a key role in the formation of the Mexican Caribbean Golf Association,” stated Akira Tominaga, president of the Association. “The addition of the Playa Paraiso Golf Course to our region’s collection of courses will attract players from all over the world. We believe that Iberostar’s enthusiasm and support for the association will do much to promote the sport of golf in the beautiful Riviera Maya.”

Nine golf courses are currently located on the Riviera Maya and the island of Cozumel, bordering the Caribbean Sea. The region’s tropical forests, beautiful lagoons, natural wells and mangrove swamps create an ideal environment for development of scenic and challenging courses.

This beauty has attracted some the world’s top golf course architects, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Robert Von Hagge. Now, P.B. Dye joins the list of esteemed architects represented in the area.

Iberostar’s director of Golf, Greg Bond, described the new Playa Paraiso course as having an intricate design.

“The surrounding water and jungle hazards make for a spectacular, stunning course,” he remarked. “At the end of the day, because of the beauty of the course, golfers will find themselves both relaxed and at the same time, satisfied with their day’s game, due to the varying degrees of challenge that each hole presented.”

Golfers visiting the area will reap the benefits of the new Mexico Caribbean Golf Association. Under its leadership, member courses will work toward a mutual goal of increasing the amount of play the courses receive and establishing the highest golf standards in the world. Maintaining and developing championship golf courses at the highest international standards are the association’s ultimate goals.

Guests at the area’s four Iberostar Playa Paraiso resorts will have preferred rates and tee-times on the course, which will also be open to the public.

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts offers guests all-inclusive vacations with unlimited access to dining, land sports, non-motorized water sports and children’s programs. The company represents Mexico properties in Cozumel, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Quetzal and Tucan.


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