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by sam, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 09:36 (3177 days ago)

Now that I have booked for next January. Does anybody know if the golf courses are going to get more reasonable with their pricing? Or do I leave the clubs home for another year?

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by Bailey, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 17:32 (3176 days ago) @ sam

Just returned from Z. Palma Real sold a 20 ticket package which included a round of golf, a cart even if you are a single, and 25 practice balls for the equivalent of $70 US per round,. The 20 tickets can be split among friends or you could sell some of them to others. I split a 20 ticket package with a friend (10 each) and was able to buy four addtional tickets from another friend at the same price when I need some more.

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by sam, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 20:36 (3176 days ago) @ Bailey

Were there many players when you were there?
At these absurd prices that both courses (Marina & Palma Real) post for what one gets. Its somewhat of a wonder they can make enough money to recharge the carts.

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by Bailey, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 22:28 (3176 days ago) @ sam

Not as many players as last year, but I attribute that to the economy and fear factor of vacationing in Mexico. Hotel occupancy way down from 2010. Less tourists mean less golfers. I don't consider $70 per round excessive for a resort course. What do you think one should pay for around of golf?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 00:03 (3176 days ago) @ Bailey

I can play nicer courses in Florida with better facilities for under US$40 for 18 holes before 1:00 p.m. during high season. Could that be why they enjoy more tourist golfers at almost any similar size tourist destination in Florida than in Ixtapa?

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by jbmass ⌂ @, Mass,.. N.H...Zih., Sunday, March 13, 2011, 06:36 (3176 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob not any more,just got back from 3 months in Estero Naples is more, and with some friends and online bookings saved money but going rate for most good courses is $80 plus.I agree with Bailey it isn't out of line with resort courses.Saying that though, it used to be a golfers bargain when we played before.

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by JBinCT, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 07:38 (3176 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

$40 as a non-resident? Not in 2011 you can't. Maybe on a muni course as a resident but not as a tourist and certainly not at a resort course. $70 w/ cart and range balls is a very fair price, but unless your hotel buys the package it sounds as if you better be part of a large group or visiting for an extended time.

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by ldj, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 08:09 (3176 days ago) @ JBinCT

Was down for 6 weeks this year. Played a lot of golf and paid the over priced rates at Palma Real.Yes I paid more than a person should of on a course that conditions have gotten worse instead of better for the price of golf.Your option play or not to play. We are down for a vacation to enjoy do you pay the price or spend an unhappy time there????? But the sad part of paying the high rates is the golf course did about everything they could to make people noy play there. Mid December to April you would think you would sell a show case course for the price you pay. But no while we were there they verticut the greens and put so much sand on the greens that they were unplayable for a week. The sand traps are so bad that over half the area of the traps was just rocks and mud. At least once if not twice a week the mower that cuts the greens is broke down, and once or twice a week the sprinkler on the 13th green was stuck on so half of the green was unputtable. Oh and not to forget they are trying to improve the fairways by killing the undesirable grass they dont want, which is alright but why no grass during the high tourist season?? The reall sad part of all this is with the high cost of golf and not as many people playing, I think the course is still making the same money! Ixtapa/Zih has enough problems getting tourists to their destination already, without sending these negative thoughts about Palma Real which are true. We have talked to Ramon the manager and that is a dead end street!

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by Bob, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 16:35 (3175 days ago) @ ldj

Back in February 2006 I reported the same issues as ldj. Things have not changed at Palma Real. Sand Traps like mud, prices are ridiculous for what you are getting. Clubs stay home now. I rather remember the good times I had at Palma Real and not be aggravated with cost per round and lack of conditions of the golf course.

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by Bob, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 18:21 (3175 days ago) @ Bob

Forgot to mention, Palma Real is owned and managed by Fonatur which is a government agency. This course should be considered as a public golf course and not as a resort. It is over priced for the quality of play.

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by ldj, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 19:27 (3175 days ago) @ Bob

You ae right Bob about Fonatur. And the manager Ramon is as close to a dictator as you can get. We can never get a name above him to check if they are always going to charge high prices for playing at a "muni" course?

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by JBinCT, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 20:13 (3175 days ago) @ ldj

I have not played Palma or Marina in over a year but at that time the condition of both was more muni than resort which just highlights the fact that Ixtapa is not a golf destination. If golf is a high priority there are other, much better options in Mexico (one reason I would have trouble spending more than a few weeks a year in Zihuatanejo). I have found that the way to approach golf in Ixtapa is as an occasional, low-key event. Bring low expectations, cigars and plenty of beer money. Bet often, buy drinks for the caddies, let them play a couple holes with you and basically make the most of it. It isn't Cabo del Sol, Punta Mita or Mayakoba, and never will be, but at $70 or $80 it ain't a bad way to spend a few hours.

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by sam, Monday, March 14, 2011, 06:46 (3175 days ago) @ JBinCT

If I want to blow $80. I would much rather go to Lobos.

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by sam, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 06:06 (3176 days ago) @ Bailey

I have been coming and playing there since 1987. Palma Real was a place to go for golf and lunch. The place was packed all day. It was a thriving concern. Golf was roughly $20US. Then about 98ish things started to go south. It all had to do with a proposed sale of the Club to some Japanese group.(I was told). Fee's back around 2000 were $40-$50US and risen every year since. The Marina Course while tough; suffers from the same type of mismanagement. If these people were in charge of para sailing. People would be falling out of the sky like crap falling on Birds**t Island. (That's the Island straight out from the beach in Ixtapa)
The short answer. About $40US. Buying a $2000.00 package is just nuts.

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by Bailey, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 21:10 (3175 days ago) @ sam

I started playing golf in Zihua in 1990 and have returned every year but one since then. I do not go to Zihua just to play golf, but rather it's just one of many things that I do on while I'm in Zihua on vacation. My wife does not play, I like to spend time with her, and I wound up playing eleven rounds in four weeks.

The conditions were not great, but were not terrible either. The greens improved over the four weeks after they were sandedat the beginning of my vacation. Some sand traps were in terrible condition, but did see work being done on others. The fairways need to be improved. I did have problems with my cart on two rounds. I do know, however, that with several feet of snow on the ground at home while I was in Zihua, I would not be playing golf back home at this time of year.

To me it's a great way to spend about four hours outdoors, with great weather, a few days a week at a reasonable cost. Hopefully things will improve next year.