PGA Tour Heads to Mexico

Mayakoba Classic slated for Riviera Maya

By: Dawna Robertson

Mexico is set to join the “big league” by teeing it up PGA style. The Riviera Maya has been selected to host the country’s first ever official PGA Tour event February 19-25, 2007. With a field of 132 players and a purse of $3.5 million, the Mayakoba Classic will present Mexico’s first PGA Tour winner a hefty $630,000 paycheck.

The tournament will be held on the 7,067-yard El Camaleon Course at the Mayakoba Resort, the first Greg Norman-designed golf course in Mexico. Managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the par-72 layout spreads across a mix of scenery that includes jungle, dense mangrove and oceanfront holes bisected by limestone canals.

“We are very honored and pleased that the PGA Tour has chosen Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, to host the first-ever official PGA Tour tournament in Mexico,” said Lic. Felix Gonzalez Canto, Governor of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

“The event will give us a perfect opportunity to highlight not only the beauty of the region, but also our golf courses, since the sport of golf is a growing and important component of our overall tourism product. Also, we have an excellent hotel infrastructure in place to readily accommodate such a large and prestigious event.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Timothy W. Finchem shared Canto’s enthusiasm. “The PGA Tour is very excited about making golf history in Mexico,” he added.

“One of our goals is to expand the reach of golf, and the Riviera Maya region of Mexico has demonstrated a growing passion for the sport. We are pleased to be able to showcase our players to the destination, and in turn showcase the destination to the world.”

Located just 35 miles south of the Cancun Airport, the Mayakoba Resort features five hotels along with luxury villas, beaches, spas and restaurants.

The 81-mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the Mexican Caribbean on the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. The region features uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes, eco-adventure sports, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan archeological sites, golf courses, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations.