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Riviera Maya, where golf is in bloom

It’s been raining here along the Riviera Maya, a sliver of sandy beaches and tropical vegetation along Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula where the sun has been known to shine.

Despite the rain, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba will go on as planned, even if it may start and stop a few times along the way.

This is the PGA Tour’s last official stop in this calendar year but it’s just a seven-week timeout in the season that began a few minutes after the last one ended at the Tour Championship in late September. This is the first time the Mayakoba event has been played this time of year, having surrendered its former February spot when the Tour created this new wraparound schedule.

It’s fair to assume the OHL Classic will draw more attention now that it has full Tour membership (it awards FedEx Cup points and the winner gets a Masters invitation) which means more eyes will be on this spectacular resort and the area surrounding it.

Riviera Maya stretches south from Cancun to Tulum where the Mayans did some impressive building centuries ago. To most of us, Cancun conjures up images of spring break, tan lines and sunshine. Fair enough.

Along Riviera Maya, the world is beginning to learn, there’s a lineup of impressive golf courses bringing visitors to the area. It may not be as well known as other golf destinations but places like Mayakoba, Riviera Maya Golf Club and Iberostar are changing that. Take a look at the Greg Norman design that hosts the OHL Classic and you’ll probably be impressed even if the sun is reluctant to shine.


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