Golf course shoots for the Moon


CANCUN, Mexico -- How important can a golf course be to the success of a resort?

Just ask officials at Palace Resorts, which operates six inclusive properties in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

The first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in the Cancun area opened earlier this month at the Moon Palace Golf Resort in Cancun, and hotel officials said the course could be a hole in one for the resort -- and the entire region of Cancun.

Golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, said, "Our goal was to design a golf course that would be fun to players of all levels. "Perhaps one day, other courses in the region will try to compare themselves with Moon Palace."

Created to blend in with its surroundings, the 7,165-yard, par-72 course features four sets of tees and is lined with native vegetation, natural wetlands and strategically placed bunkers.

Course highlights include the signature 17th hole, a 151-yard, par-3 that plays into an island green; the sixth hole, a par-4 that plays 336 yards and has a carry over water; and the finishing hole, a par-4 that plays 446 yards.

Palace Resorts' inclusive golf packages include unlim-ited play at the Nicklaus course or at the Golf Club at Playacar, use of a golf cart, all snacks and beverages and roundtrip transportation to both courses.

These packages are available to guests staying at Moon Palace Golf Resort, Sun Palace, Aventura Spa Palace and Xpu-Ha Palace.

In addition to the inclusive golf package, individual rounds of golf also can be purchased.

The 2,031-room Moon Palace features units with two-line phones and data ports, Jacuzzis, private balconies, in-room safes, satellite TV and minibars.

In addition, Palace Resorts offers a bonus commission plan for agents.

For every stay of three nights or longer, the chain pays agents $50 upon each completed stay. After the 10th room, Palace Resorts will award an additional $250.

For additional information or to make reservations, call (800) 635-1836 or visit the Web at

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