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Puerto Penasco Tops Rankings


Fresh off its top 20 ranking in Golfweek Magazine as one of the top resort courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, the Nicklaus Course at Vidanta Puerto Peñasco has unveiled an incredible stay-and-play golf package through the remainder of the year. The getaway deal provides a perfect excuse for golfers to experience breathtaking beauty and tranquility on a championship course where the Sonoran Desert meets the Sea of Cortez.

For $159 (per person, per night, double occupancy, two-night minimum), golfers can play one day of unlimited golf, get free practice balls before each round and stay in a Master Room at the luxurious Mayan Palace. Guests who reserve their package within 60 days can obtain a free upgrade to a one-bedroom suite at the Mayan Palace (use code SQNPP10). Golfers in the United States and Canada may call 877-278-2142 to reserve a package.

Even though the 18-hole course is always in pristine condition and features stunning panoramic ocean views on 12 holes, it’s still largely a mystery to many golfers because of its remoteness. The world-class Grand Mayan Puerto Peñasco resort is 3 ½ hours from Phoenix and Tucson by car and nearly 6 from San Diego. Currently, there are no commercial flights into the international airport.

“Not too many people know about this golf course,” said Ivan Cueva, Vidanta Puerto Peñasco’s director of golf. “But once you play it, you’re really blown away how impressive it is. What makes this place so unique is that you have a combination of everything—the Sea of Cortez, the mountains, the desert and there are no homes around the course.”

The 7,200-yard layout was a bit more challenging when it opened in 2001. But it plays more like a resort course now as several bunkers were removed to make conditions easier for the average player.

“There are some challenging holes, some blind shots, but I think it’s fair,” Cueva said. “The fairways are wide open and the greens are big.”

The 388-yard, par-4 third is the signature hole and the No. 1 handicap, thanks to an uphill, blind tee shot and a stadium-sized green that sits on water. “Once you get to the middle of the fairway, the first thing you see is the ocean,” Cueva said. “And the green looks like an infinity pool.”

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Story by Dave McKibben

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