Riviera Maya deemed best golf destination in Latin America
Being the number one golf destination in Mexico is pretty easy, especially if you’re an avid golfer. Secretary of Tourism, Laura Fernandez Pina, says that the golf infrastructure along the Riviera Maya has grown exponentially.
As a matter of fact, nearly half of all tourists who arrive in the Riviera Maya to golf are Americans who come to enjoy everything from to seaside luxury to world-class golf facilities. This level of service has attracted more affluent tourism, making the Riviera Maya the most sought out golf destination in the country.
From this, the area has also attracted not only a generous amount of American golfers, but also professional athletes. Numerous professional golfers have designed their own version of golf courses from Jack Nicholas to Nick Price with courses designed by infamous names such as Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf.
With more than 70 signature courses along the coastline of the Riviera Maya, it’s put the state in first place with national and international awards including Best Golf Destination in Latin America and the Caribbean by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Fernandez Pina says that statistics show there are more than 200,000 rounds of golf played each year in the state of Quintana Roo with a majority of those rounds being played out out on courses in Cancun and along the Riviera Maya. The economic benefit is estimated at $30 million per year.
She also notes that most of American golfers arrive from California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and Minnesota, but says that it is a sport that attracts golfers from various countries around the world. Nearly 30 percent of golfing tourists are from other parts of Mexico while 20 percent are from Europe and South America.