The game of golf started on the sandy dunes of Scotland that linked the mainland to the ocean … thus the term ‘links’  that is usually applied to all golf courses. However, true links are only on sandy dunes, like the ones in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Here, golf is enjoyed in the manner its creators intended, with the sea breezes and challenges of sand. All three championship courses at Rocky Point, (as English speakers call it), are a must-try for every golfer.

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The Links at Las Palomas is one of the most popular courses among tourists and locals alike. Opening in 2005, it is one of the first courses ever planted with Sea Dwaft Paspalum. This turf is renowned for its perfectly smooth surfaces that make for fast fairways and level putting. The Links at Las Palomas has rewards for players of all skill levels and guarantees a fun challenge every time they return.

Peninsula de Cortes at The Mayan Palace is a beautiful course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Immaculate is the best word to describe this ocean side golfer’s dream-come-true. With strategically placed bunkers that transition into fairways, you will be entertained every time you return … which we predict will be often. The ocean cross-breezes that blow in from the turquoise waters add a particularly intriguing aspect to your play. At over 7,000 yards, you will have the best full day of golf you have had in years.

Another signature golf course by Jack Nicklaus is at The Club at Laguna Del Mar. This course is surrounded by saltwater lagoons that are teeming with wildlife. Check out the aerial photos online – they are spectacular! As you will see, the course is both challenging and fun. You may have to wait for a California sea lion to move off your green before you putt, but what a great photo that would make!

There are tons of cool things to do in Rocky Point. Just ask a representative to recommend a few … but be sure to dedicate at least one day of your stay to golf!