January 07, 2008

Hit the Links

Morelia is not what I would consider a golfer’s haven. I know of 2 courses that are open to the public: Campestre Morelia and Tres Marias. Both courses require a caddy, who will charge MXN$70-240 for 18 holes, depending on their experience. Caddy fees are paid each and every time you play. Both courses are closed on Monday's.

Since my arrival, I have been a member at Campestre. It’s a tree-lined 9 hole course that's been around since the 60's. It's well manicured, fairly flat & plays at a lightning fast pace. I play 18 alone and usually finish in just over 3 hours. Oh, and did I mention there are trees on it? Hundreds of trees to keep a round interesting. A monthly membership will run you MXN$1410 & entitles you the use of all club facilities. This includes a gym, pool, tennis & squash courts & soccer field. The club also has a hair dresser and a restaurant. If you wish to pay by the round, the cost of 9 or 18 holes will range from MXN$340-560. The course is located south of Plaza Las Americas on Del Campestre.

Tres Marias, located in the eastern hills of Morelia , is a Jack Nicklaus designed championship 27 hole facility that hosts the LPGA’s Corona Championship and the Nationwide Tour's 2008 Mexico Open. This course is quite a bit more expensive than Campestre and is of a very different style. There’s basically no trees, lots of forced carries over gorges and water & is extremely hilly. I feel so bad for the caddies who have to walk that course! Monthly membership is roughly MXN$4700 (which includes cart), while the cost of an individual round will range from MXN$1500-2000 depending on the day of the week.

There are two other courses that are under construction. Montana Monarca is a new facility and currently has 3 holes finished while Erandeni has been under construction for 15 years.

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