Riviera Maya comprises an 81-mile stretch of coastline on the Yucatan Peninsula that runs south from the famous resort of Cancún, along highway 407, to the less well-known tourist destination of Tulum.
Along this seaboard, you’ll find a number of top class golf facilities such as Greg Norman’s Mayakoba El Camaleon, PB Dye’s Playa Paraiso and the Steve Nicklaus-designed course at Cozumel.
Riviera Maya Golf Club is Grupo Piñero’s first golf development and the company commissioned Robert Trent Jones Jnr to set out twenty-seven holes, comprising an 18-hole championship layout and an above average 9-hole par three course.
Actually, there’s still plenty of room to extend the golf facility within this 290-acre site and a further nine playing corridors have already been cleared to the south of the main course in readiness for a future expansion.
The present course is situated next to an old limestone quarry, where its fairways were literally carved from a landscape of dense jungle. Feature holes on the front nine include the 4th and the 8th, where water threatens at both greensites.
There’s also a strong finish to the round, starting at the long par five 16th (doglegging around a stone-lined water hazard) and ending at the 436-yard 18th, where the hole plays uphill, past a number of rocky outcrops, to the home green.