Mexico touted as emerging golf destination

SAN FRANCISCO -- The editors of the Golf Insider newsletter named Mexico the "best up-and-coming foreign golf destination" in its December issue.

"More and better courses are opening all the time, classic resorts are renovating to keep up and our favorite destinations have added new courses so they can compete," said Golf Insider editor Larry Olmsted.

Mexico was picked for the number of world class hotels and golf courses opening in a short time.

The newsletter cited Las Ventanas al Paraiso, which opened two years ago on the Cabo Real course outside of Cabo San Lucas.

Golf Insider called Las Ventanas a "five-star resort rivaling the Boulders in Carefree, Ariz., in service and facilities."

Last year, Cabo added the Jack Nicklaus-designed El Dorado, and this year the town's Palmilla resort added more Nicklaus-designed holes.

The newsletter noted that another Nicklaus-designed course and one designed by Tom Weiskopf are under way in the area.

On Mexico's Pacific coast, the newsletter cited El Tamarindo in Jalisco as a "boutique resort with a phenomenal, scarcely played course and terrific rooms."

The course, Isla Navidad, is a "fine, full-service resort with 27 very good holes."

Four Seasons opened Punta Mita, "another winner," near Puerto Vallarta.

The resort has a golf course with a "unique 19-hole design from Nicklaus, who seems inspired when designing courses in Mexico," the newsletter said.

"Any of these resorts would hold their own with our country's best. Together they form an impressive array and signal Mexico's arrival into the golf world's upper echelon," Golf Insider said.

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