A Par­adise in Puerto Penasco

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Dave McKibben

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.

PUERTO PENASCO, MEX­ICO—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.” Pre­sented by SQN Es­capes. The best golf, travel and en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence SQN Es­capes is an in­no­va­tive sales and mar­ket­ing firm with over 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the travel, en­ter­tain­ment, and re­sort in­dus­try. SQN is proud to present un­par­al­leled va­ca­tions at the lux­ury des­ti­na­tions of Grupo Vi­danta, the lead­ing re­sort de­vel­oper in Mex­ico. For more on Vi­danta Puerto Penasco, visit https://www.sq­nescapes. com/in­dex.html.

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