El Camaleón is aptly named for its diverse layout and ever-changing landscape, which bends through tropical jungles, dense mangroves and oceanfront stretches of sand with holes bordered by massive limestone canals. The indigenous and environmentally inspirited design aspects are evident from the opening fairway, by an imposing cenote, an ancient underground cavern that was unearthed during the initial stages of course construction. El Camaleón is the only course in the Riviera Maya featuring two holes just steps from the Caribbean Sea.
While each hole shines with its own particular magic, it's the par-3s that already are earning the loudest raves. Hole No. 15 will define the El Camaleón experience. At only 160 yards from the back marker the hole plays directly towards the vibrant waters of the Caribbean Sea. The large green sets the stage for a memorable shot as the nearby waves gently soothe the golfer's soul. Don't be fooled, this hole is not to be taken lightly, especially when the tropical winds pick up. Regardless of your score, the ocean view will remain with the player long after the round.
No. 7 also plays right to the edge of the Caribbean Sea with the sand and the spray punctuating the breeze. In the distance is one of the world's largest coral reefs and the island of Cozumel. No. 10 is another short hole that is long on memories. The figure eight green is lined with drama. A shot too long or to the right drops deep into the crystal waters of the canal.
Another amazing feature of El Camaleón is the resort's one-of-a-kind canal system, where golfers will be able to step from their rooms to a thatch-roofed boat, which will whisk them to the first tee.
El Camaleón is located 45 minutes south of Cancun in the heart of the mystic Riviera Maya. Just minutes from the dynamic beach destination of Playa del Carmen, El Camaleón is the centerpiece of the luxury resort development of Mayakoba which includes the 401 deluxe hotel The Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya.
In 2006, El Camaleón made history by becoming the first golf course to host an official PGA TOUR event in México and the first official PGA TOUR event ever held outside of the United States or Canada. The tournament will continue to be held annually at El Camaleón through 2012 and is broadcast exclusively on the GOLF CHANNEL.
For more information about El Camaleón and the Mayakoba Golf Classic, please visit the tournament's Website at www.mayakobagolfclassic.com.
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