If golf is your number one priority and money is no obstacle, then Acapulco is probably not the place for you. More likely (and this is purely subjective) Los Cabos would be your top choice, then the Riviera Maya, then Puerto Vallarta, and then either Ixtapa or Acapulco. However, if you’re a fan of Acapulco or if you just would just like to visit to get to know the resort of legend, and at the same time get in some golf time, then there are options; four to be precise.
The fact that you aren’t mollycoddled golfing-wise is made up for by the fantastic bay views and mountain landscape, the vibrant nightlife, and lower prices. If you’re not staying at a resort the best golfing deal in Acapulco is definitely the Fairmount Acapulco Princess Course where you can play as a resort guest or as a visitor paying a daily fee. Twelve of the eighteen holes at the Ted Robinson-designed Princess have water hazards and an unintended hazard on the 18th hole where you may lose the trajectory of the ball as it passes the impressive pyramid-shaped hotel.
The 18th also features a definitely intended dogleg and lake. The same resort operates the Turtle Dunes Country Club, designed by Tripp Davis. Turtle Dunes caters to guests, members, and residents, with the upside being that, just like guests at the Fairmont, you get full access to all the excellent amenities at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess resort, including the golf academy, spas, pools, restaurants, and concierge service. Tres Vidas Golf Course runs along the Pacific Ocean and was designed by Robert Van Hagge.
Tres Vidas is a residential resort and golf course; the good news is that guests at the hotel have access to the course while the bad news is that there are only ten suites. Still if you can get in, the private beach, lovely clubhouse, pool, and charming walkways make it worthwhile. Finally, the course at the Mayan Palace Acapulco is run by Vidanta Golf and is exclusively for guests. The course at Mayan Palace is a little shorter than other courses but its myriad sand traps make it just as challenging, if not more so. If you fancy playing the Mayan Palace course stay at the resort and enjoy the restaurants, spa, discotheques, tennis courts, and views across the famous ‘La Quebrada’ cliffs from where intrepid locals dive into the depths below.