El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 17
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 17
El Camaleon Golf Club's par-4 17th hole is a drivable but narrow hole with a canal guarding the left side. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
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El Camaleon G.C. - Jim McLean Golf School
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El Camaleon G.C. - Jim McLean Golf School
The Mayakoba Resort's El Camaleon Golf Club provides a new location for the Jim McLean Golf School. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - cenote
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - cenote
You'll discover several cenotes around El Camaleon Golf Club, including this one on the first hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 15
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 15
El Camaleon Golf Club's par-3 15th hole plays out to the beach and often demands a shot through a stiff wind. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 16
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 16
El Camaleon Golf Club's par-5 16th hole is guarded tightly by mangrove forest on each side of the fairway. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 18
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 18
El Camaleon Golf Club's par-4 18th hole is straightaway and guarded by bunkers and mangrove forest. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
El Camaleon golf course in Mexico
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El Camaleon golf course in Mexico
Greg Norman designed El Camaleon Golf Club, which hosts a PGA Tour event opposite of the World Golf Championships in February. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - mangrove
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - mangrove
El Camaleon Golf Club is cut through a mangrove forest at sea level on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 18
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El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico - hole 18
El Camaleon Golf Club's location just off the Gulf of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula makes it susceptible to strong coastal breezes. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
El Camaleon G.C. in Mexico - hole 7
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El Camaleon G.C. in Mexico - hole 7
No. 7 is a short par 3 that plays out to sea on El Camaleon Golf Club. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - beach
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Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - beach
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort features both canal and beachfront accommodations. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - Las Brisas
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Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - Las Brisas
Las Brisas is one of several dining options at the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort in Mexico
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Fairmont Mayakoba Resort in Mexico
Plans call for five resorts, including Fairmont Mayakoba, to surround the El Camaleon golf course and mangrove forest. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - canals
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Fairmont Mayakoba Resort - canals
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort winds through a collection of canals just off the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba
El Camaleon at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico
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El Camaleon at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico
El Camaleon Golf Club hosts the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the only PGA Tour stop in Mexico. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Fairmont Mayakoba Resort and El Camaleon Golf Club: One of Mexico's most high-profile vacation spots

The Fairmont Mayakoba Resort and El Camaleon Golf Club form one of Mexico's most high-profile vacation properties. The resort and golf course hosts the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic each winter, played opposite the World Golf Championships in Tucson, Ariz.

Just south of Cancun on the Riviera Maya near the beach town of Playa del Carmen, the Fairmont Mayakoba takes an approach different to the many high-rise properties on the Gulf of Mexico beaches. The property is set just off the coast and weaves around a series of canals and in thick mangrove forest. Units are offered on the beach. Walking and bike paths provide additional beach access.

On site is the El Camaleon Golf Club, designed by Greg Norman. It features many holes lined on both sides by the mangrove forest, while also playing around canals. Two par 3s, one on each side, play out to the gulf, which can cause some heavy coastal breezes and makes both short holes more difficult than the yardage might indicate. Another unique aspect of the course is the handful of cenotes - deep caverns that were discovered when the golf course was built.

A 2010 addition to the resort and golf club is the Jim McLean Golf School, the only Mexican location for the teacher based in Doral, Fla. It highlights a tour-worthy practice facility that includes a large driving range and numerous short-game greens.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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The Fairmont Mayakoba isn't like your common, Mexican beachfront high-rise resort. While there are some beachfront luxury villas, the majority of the 401 units are luxury casitas set along canals. They boast marble floors, both shower and bath and private balconies overlooking the canals. What's more, canals, thick mangrove forest, cenotes and two beachfront holes make for 18 holes with many faces at PGA-worthy El Camaleon Golf Club.
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