Twenty-Six Million Americans play golf, and many of them travel each year to tee it up, but only about 500,000 of them do so in Mexico. This troubled Carlos Kviat, the President of Discover Golf Mexico, a new website (www.discovergolfmexico.com) devoted to making travel south of the border efficient and worry-free. "We [Kviat and founders Marcelino Barrenechea and Luis Velazquez] detected the five most important destinations that attract the most international golfers." In doing so, Kviat created what he calls the "first premier Mexican golf tour operator."
Discover Golf Mexico works directly with the Mexican Tourism office and allows users to book accommodations, tee times and other activities. "We want you to come down here with everything scheduled and confirmed," he says. By the looks of Discover Golf Mexico's website, that shouldn't be too difficult._Ê
Mexico's Best Golf With more than twenty golf courses to choose from in five premier locations, Discover Golf Mexico offers many of the country's finest layouts designed by the game's best architects, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Weiskopf. West Coast favorites like Palmilla (Los Cabos), Vista Vallarta (Puerta Vallarta) and El Tigre (Riviera Nayarit) can be booked through the website as well as beloved East Coast courses like Moon Palace (Cancun) and El Camaleon (Riviera Maya)._Ê_Ê_Ê
One-Stop Shopping Discover Golf Mexico boasts relationships with 60 hotels and more than 20 golf courses. While navigating the site, users can book their entire vacation, including length of stay, party size and desired activities. "We're inviting golfers to come through our site, but our service doesn't stop there," says Kviat. "We'll receive them here as well." Meaning simply that once you land in Mexico, you'll be taken care of.
Discovering Mexico "We want people to come to Mexico," says Kviat, "to enjoy the golf, the food, the people, the archaeology—everything." Activities off the links abound in the areas served by Discover Golf Mexico, from canopy tours and jeep safaris to sailing and snorkeling excursions.
Visitors can even spend the day as a dolphin trainer. Each activity affords members of your party the opportunity to discover another side of Mexico. And they're easy to book. After you've selected your region and the length of your stay, the Discover Golf Mexico site lists available "off-site" opportunities that you can add to your package.
"A confirmation comes back to you in 48 hours, and if something isn't available, you can choose something else," says Kviat. Clearly, Discover Golf Mexico's motto, "Come Feel the Warmth of Mexico," applies to both the country's golf and its varied culture.
Money-Saving Packages Discover Golf Mexico makes it easy to create your own vacation or save money via three package options: 4 days/3 nights, 7 days/6 nights and 10 days/9 nights. "As long as you desire," says Kviat. Simply select your destination (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerta Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit or Los Cabos), date of check-in, number of travelers in your party, who'll be playing golf and how many rooms you need. Then click on your preferred package. Discover Golf Mexico does the rest, giving you a list of hotels, golf courses and other activities to choose from. www.discovergolfmexico.com _Ê