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GolfPass Grass Guru – El Camaleón Golf Club

Mayakoba Golf Classic • El Camaleón Golf Club • Hole 7• Par 5 • 554 yds • by Eric MacPherson


Another golf course, another country. This is the 5th country on the Tour in as many weeks. This time, our venue is the El Camaleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula.


Let me just say, this course is B-E-A-UTIFUL!


A truly amazing course, and not just because one of my all-time favorites, The Great White Shark aka Greg Norman, designed the course. He is 100% one of the members of my dream foursome match – along with Payne Stewart, Phil Mickelson, and Freddie Couples. That’s correct, I am not a member of my own foursome. I will quietly walk along and watch magic happen.


This course has no shortage of superior bunkers and it was a real challenge to pick just one but, hey, somebody’s gotta do it. So, without further adieu, this week’s bunker is none other than the cenote bunker on the 7th hole. The cave bunker beat out an approach bunker on 17 that has a palm tree right in the middle. And then there’s the actual beach on the 15th – as in a beach on the Caribbean – not these phony beaches on fresh water lakes and ponds we’ve seen in past weeks. Seriously, hole 15 has a better beach than half the public beaches I’ve been to in my life, but it all fails in comparison to the cenote on 7.


This cenote/sink hole is a beast. It’s tall, and has a gaping wide back that leads to god knows where. If you can’t hit it up and over, you risk losing your ball to some other dimension. Potentially worse, you’d have to hit a shot away from the pin in order to get out. Fortunately, the greens crew built a tiny rock ledge to hopefully prevent balls from flying down into the unknown. Without question, this is one of the most unique bunkers on the tour.


If you can’t hit it up and over, you risk losing your ball to some other dimension. Potentially worse, you'd have to hit a shot away from the pin in order to get out.


To reiterate, El Camaleón is a beautiful and fun course that will not disappoint with its scenery or its play. Greg Norman hit a grand slam with the bunkers on this course. When visiting Riviera Maya, be sure to include this course on your itinerary (it’s open to the public), right above your day trip to Tulum.