Golf in Ajijic, Chapala, and Guadalajara
One of the many wonderful benefits in living in Ajijic, Lake Chapala is the year round golf at the many wonderful courses in the area.
Right in Ajijic there is a beautiful executive 9-hole course called Chula Vista Country Club. This is a very challenging course, well kept, with several holes having exceptional views of Lake Chapala. Tournaments are often held here and there is a very nice lunch facility and also a facility for private parties. This is a very pretty course and caddies are available but no carts.
There is the Chapala Country Club in San Nicolas on the other side of Chapala. This is a full size course with a very nice clubhouse for lunch or dinner. Carts and caddies are available.
Atlas is a golf club between Ajijic and the airport on the way to Guadalajara. This course is the second longest in Mexico and has full, dining and spa facilities with tennis courts. Carts and caddies are available. The fairways are very wide but if you do hit into the pine straw good luck in hitting out in 1.
In Guadalajara there are many excellent golf clubs to choose from and you can get a full listing of all the golf courses available at www.virtualmex.com/golf.htm This web site will also supply course lengths, green fees etc.
Another golf club that is a favorite of ours is Isla de Navidad in Barre de Navidad on Costa Alegra between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. This course was built to attract world class golfers and has some magnificent ocean view holes. It is a difficult but fair course. I usually stay away from the inland water portion of the course.
We stay at the Grand Bay Hotel when we go to play Isla de Navidad. It is an excellent hotel across the bay from the golf course. This hotel is a wonderful experience complete with fine dining, all possible activities, a full massage and beauty centre and a very pretty setting with several well kept swimming pools.
Whatever your handicap there is a golf course for you in the area. Men’s and women’s groups can be accessed at most clubs if you do not have a foursome of your own.
Even in the rainy season seldom a day of golf has to be missed as it usually only rains at night.
Lorena Ochoa, the number 1 female golfer in the world, is from Guadalajara and her original home course was the Guadalajara Country Club.
So get out and have fun – all year long.