Golf, tennis, fishing, shopping, exploring, sitting poolside,...or even surfing
It you would rather have a traditional vacation chilling poolside, shopping, and enjoying the tourist attractions of Ixtapa, Corky's got you covered there too. He just bought a gorgeous new Villa that sleeps up to four and has beautiful sweeping panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding hills. Two golf courses, tennis courts, shopping, hotel row, and restaurants are all a five minute cab ride away.. There are some awesome local attractions like Crocodile Lagoon, a natural habitat loaded with giant crocodiles and iguanas, on the side of the road on the way to Playa Linda Beach.
Of course, should you want to grab a morning surf at one of the longest and funnest point breaks in the world, just let Corky know ahead of time and he'll personally arrange a personal surf excursion for you. The villa is ready to rent and we will be posting more information, and pictures. To book a stay with Corky or get further information, please email him directly.
Ixtapa’s two world-class, 18-hole courses make this tropical destination a haven for golf enthusiasts. The courses are located at opposite ends of Ixtapa’s main hotel strip, just five minutes apart by taxi. Zihuatanejo is just 10 minutes away.
Palma Real Golf Course (Campo de Golf Palma Real) was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1977 as a key element in the Master Plan of FONATUR (National Fund for Tourism Development) which conceived and developed Ixtapa as a modern resort destination, and created this golf course from a coconut plantation.
Marina Ixtapa Golf Club (Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa), designed by Robert von Hagge, opened in January 1994 as part of the multi-million-dollar Marina Ixtapa project. The two courses are located at opposite ends of Ixtapa’s main hotel strip, just five minutes apart by taxi (Zihuatanejo is just 15 minutes away). Both are both known for their expert and personalized caddy service which is also traditional throughout Mexico.
Palma Real Golf Course
A superb example of original Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, this par 72, 6,898-yard Palma Real Golf Course harmonizes with its environment which, in fact, is a former coconut plantation that retains its natural lakes, lagoons, and lush tropical vegetation alongside the scenic Pacific coastline. The Sierra Madre Sur provides a panoramic mountainous backdrop.
Players enjoy not only some of the world's best golfing, but also a feeling of closeness to Nature. Surrounding the course are coconut and other species of palms, and trees abundant with mangoes, guavas, limes, oranges and almonds. Brilliantly-colored flowers accent the verdant vegetation.
Mexican and international ecologists consider these grounds a wildlife preserve. Golfers see and hear a variety of exotic birds such as parrots, macaws, cardinals, and a rare and peculiar species of eagle called pescador (“fisherman”) because it feeds exclusively on fish from the lakes. Seen but not heard are rabbits and “giant" iguanas.
Do not attempt to retrieve balls from the water hazards because crocodiles live in some of them! They usually repose submerged and out of sight, however they do stroll around at dawn. According to our expert golf colleagues, the Campo de Golf Palma Real is a serious world class golf course and well maintained. The word is the Marina Ixtapa Golf Club apparently has apparently not been as well maintained, For those who want to play leisurely without being rushed, this may be the place as it's nowhere near as busy as the Palma Real course. In both cases`, there are alligators, crocodiles and other interesting "hazards" not usually found at most courses in the states.
Marina Ixtapa Golf Club
Marina Ixtapa Golf Club (Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa) Robert von Hagge, famed for creating some of the world's most outstanding courses, designed this par 72, 6793-yard course with meandering canals, 12 bridges, and a dunes-style topography.
Rolling terrain covers 136 acres, with expansive sand traps and water hazards guarding 14 of the 18 holes. No wonder Golf Digest Magazine ranked it as one of Mexico’s best.
The Clubhouse, in Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, features and airy restaurant and lounge areas with picture windows and balconies overlooking the yacht marina and golf course. Facilities include a full-service pro-shop, men's and women's locker rooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and, of course, the "19th hole for that extra round".
Fishing and Boating
Aside from the world class surfing, the fishing in this region is also noteworthy. Go for Sailfish, Marlin, YellowFin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and more on the all day Zihuatanejo Harbor Charters. Choose a local half Day Panga from Mahajua or Playa La Saladita for as low as $150 for all five people. Near shore fish species include mahi mahi, bonito, sierra, jack, and roosterfish.
Take one of Benitos Water Taxis and get the best of both worlds. Surf some amazing spots that require boating in access then fish on the way home to catch your lunch. If you catch anything tasty, Benito will even prepare ceviche or cook it when you return in his restaurant. These Pangas are nothing fancy but they are efficient and these Captains know these waters and are the best. Ixtapa Villa guests will need to taxi over or try to talk Corky into an early pickup. Guests of his Playa La Saladita Surf Adventure can simply walk 500 yards on the beach to get to the boats. The rivers are also full of snook (robalo) so that's another great option.