Scottsdale, Arizona, United States: Troon has announced new partnerships with Mexico’s PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club and PGA Oceans 4 Golf Club located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.
Both facilities are owned by Grupo Piñero, a Spanish tourism group founded by Pablo Piñero in 1977 and headquartered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
As part of the relationships, Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee management division of Troon, will provide agronomy, operations and sales and marketing support for the two 27-hole facilities.
PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club and PGA Oceans 4 Golf Club are the PGA of America’s first (and only) facilities partnership in Latin America to support golfer development and tourism experiences.
“PGA Riviera Maya and PGA Oceans 4 are both outstanding properties in popular and easy-to-get-to locations,” said Ricardo Catarino, Vice President, Operations at Troon, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“We look forward to further developing the guest experience at each property and implementing Troon service, operations and agronomy standards,” added Catarino.
PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club, a resort property located on the Mexican Caribbean in Akumal, Quintana Roo, features an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed course that has been ranked as one of the top five golf courses in Mexico.
Open since 2010, the course is carved from a limestone quarry, winding its way through the lush Mayan jungle. The par-72, 7,272-yard course is dotted with natural lakes and cenotes (large sinkholes or caves).
The course hosted July’s PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Bupa Championship presented by Volvo. In addition to its championship layout, PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club also includes a nine-hole par-three course.
PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club is integrated into the Tulum Country Club complex, about 15 miles from the trendy tourist town of Tulum. Four Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort partners are located on property or within minutes of PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club, including Luxury Sian Ka’an, Luxury Akumal, the Grand Tulum and the Grand Coba.
PGA Oceans 4 Golf Club opened for play in 2017 and was previously known as La Romana Golf Club. The club’s 18-hole, par-72 layout, a Jack Lund design, extends to 7,334 yards and presents golfers with four unique landscapes – tropical forest, lakes and waterfalls amid a parkland-style setting, desert with rocks and sand, and seaside as four holes run along the Caribbean Sea with coconut palms and white sand beaches.
Named after the number of ocean-side holes, PGA Ocean’s 4 is available to guests staying at nearby resorts, including Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville and Bahia Principe Grand La Romana.
In addition to its 18-hole course, PGA Oceans 4 also offers a nine-hole, par-27 short course that is ideal for children, beginners or those looking to work on their short game.
Jesús Durán, CEO of Grupo Piñero in the Dominican Republic, said: “The alliance with Troon means for PGA Riviera Maya and PGA Ocean’s 4 an opportunity to implement the best standards in the golf business that will allow us to deliver a quality product for US golfers to experience.”