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Last updated: 16 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

The first course to host an official PGA Tour event outside of the United States or Canada, this tree-lined championship course was designed by Greg Norman and makes full use of its natural environment. Like the chameleon in the name, the course changes throughout its routing, weaving its way through dense jungle, mangrove forests and along beautiful stretches of white sand.

Its most distinctive hazards are the cenotes – natural sink holes – and water canals. It’s still the host of the annual Mayakoba Classic – it was here, in 2018, that Matt Kuchar caused a stir when he paid a local caddie a measly $5,000 out of his $1.3m for winning the event. The caddie, David Giral ‘El Toucan’ Ortiz, said he wasn’t too upset, but they did later agree on a better fee.

Price from: £125
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The course is about an hour’s drive south of Cancun International Airport. Book your tee time through the website, or through one of the four hotels that are part of the Mayakoba resort. It’s worth a splurge to stay at the dreamy Andaz Mayakoba Resort.

When to do it

The course is open year-round except the first week in November, when it hosts the PGA Tour event. High season – when the weather is best – is from November through March; low season, when rain and humidity is highest – runs from April through October.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Fairmont Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico[0.5 miles]

In the ultra-luxurious Mayakoba beach complex near Playa, the Fairmont is a super-sized, beachside resort offering back-to-nature stays with full urban comfort.

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico[0.5 miles]

A tranquil, luxury resort with first-class facilities on a long, palm-shaded white sand beach, a few kilometres north of Playa del Carmen.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico[0.8 miles]

Plush, Asian-style luxury by the beach in Playa del Carmen, with a superb spa and seven restaurants. NExt door to a PGA golf course.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico[1.1 miles]

Elegant beachfront in the gated Mayakoba complex with suites and private villas – sat over a lagoon or right on the beach.

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Mayan Riviera


Talc-white beaches, reefs teeming with life, ruined temples in misty rainforests – the Riviera Maya offers a family or romantic beach holiday with a dash of Indian Jones adventure.

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