When I was young, I thought Mexico was all dry shrubs and desert. I thought I understood irrigation, coastal climates, and drought-resistant grasses, but it would just have never occurred to me to golf in Mexico….at least not on a golf-centric vacation. I realized there was golfing in Mexico of course, but I thought it was relegated to a few select tourist and luxury resort areas. Granted, many of the best golf courses in Mexico are marketed to the wealthy and those on vacation, but then that’s not that different than anywhere else. This speaks to my own personal bias and how I entered golf. My dad—and my dad’s dad—would take me to the local 9-hole course which was little more than a glorified field, and my grandpa was in a wife-beater shirt half the time.
Fast-forward 25 years, and I still love golf in all its forms and all its places. I’m also fully immersed in traditional golf culture, though this is just as much an effect of my career in marketing as the passion of my youth.
Along with plenty of business retreats and company scrambles, I’ve visited Pebble Beach and Spyglass and Bandon Dunes on the West Coast, as well as numerous golf courses south of the border. In fact, while Mexico may not have the absolute best golf courses in the world, in my opinion and in my experience, it might just be the most underrated.