Any golfer worth their 9 irons will agree that golfís a game best played in the sunshine. Sure, we hardy Brits will face wind and rain to reach the 18th hole. Thanks to our grouchy weather, we donít have much of a choice. But the highlight of a trip to the links doesnít have to be thawing frostbitten fingers around a warm cup of tea at the clubhouse.
Long haul flights can zip us to the worldís most exotic locations. And theyíve got more to offer than just blue skies and tropical backdrops. Take Cancun, on Mexicoís Caribbean coast. This place dishes up year-round sunshine, a patchwork of luxury golf courses and A-grade hotels to suit couples and families. And with big-name travel companies like Thomson Airways flying there, itís within easy reach.
Hereís our pick of Cancunís top 3 coursesÖ
If your skills rival those of Rory McIlroy, head to Cancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok. Itís open 365 days a year and only 20 minutes from the cityís international airport. It boasts an 18-hole championship course set along the shoreline, and is dotted with 1,000-year-old luminous sandstone dating back to the ancient Mayas.
The club caters for both expert and rookie golfers alike, with equipment hire, plus a driving range and practice putting greens, giving guests the chance to hone their skills before heading out onto the course.
Stunning backdrops are par for the course at Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Itís nestled between tropical jungle and the Caribbean coastline, offering an unforgettable golfing experience. The club will set you up with rental gear and help you refuel at their restaurant, Lagoon Grill, after a gruelling session with your irons.
The Playa Mujeres Golf Club was designed by golf legend and two-time major winner Greg Norman, so you know itís going to be knock-out. The course is described as challenging but fun, and is ranked in the top ten golf courses in Mexico. Perfect for turning golfing pals back home green with envy.
The Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Cancun boasts two championship courses, one of which was designed by PGA tour member, Nick Price. The course in question has wall-to-wall Platinum Paspalum turf, which, in laymanís terms, is as good as it gets. Itís the Rolls Royce of grasses.
The clubís grounds span more than 2,000 acres, and the course is designed to test players of all abilities.
Youíll be driving, chipping and putting in the same places Tiger et al will likely be competing in a future PGA tournament. Just remember to replace the divots.
Would you head to Cancun to tee off in the sunshine?
Laura Faragher is Product Manager for ThomsonFly.