Director of Golf: Kim Anders
Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Head Golf Professional:
Cesar G. De La Pena
18 Holes of Championship Golf
Par 72 – 7015 yards from the tips
Slope/Rating: 73.4/125; 71.7/121
KM-10 Camino Isla de la Peldra
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico 82280
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By by Nancy Howard
Following a short 2 hours and 10 minutes of flying time from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and located within ten minutes of the Mazatlan Airport, is the spectacular Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort appearing like a sparkling oasis. From the moment you enter the gated entrance into this golf and beach community, you can physically feel yourself relax with the visuals of the Pacific Ocean and the Estrella del Mar Golf Club winding throughout the community. It’s one of those places that, “You have to see to believe!”
Built in 1996, and designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Estrella del Mar Golf Club is one of the top golf courses in Mexico. The course layout is parallel to the 3.5 miles of pristine beach in the golf community. Six of the holes and fairways accord the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Trent did his usual expertise in challenge with this design offering plenty of bunkering, clusters of palm trees, water hazards, undulating fairways, and greens that test your eyesight for the reads. It’s a pure pleasure to play and the course changes constantly with the ocean breezes. This is definitely a thinking man’s course, as well as very woman friendly.
Estrella del Mar’s clubhouse sits on the south edge of the three complexes of condos, private homes, and Wyndam Resort Hotel community on the Pacific Ocean. It houses the well-appointed pro shop, fine or casual dining in the restaurant or open air patio and the sports bar and lounge. The facility offers a large driving range and two putting areas.
The entire staff gives you impeccable service with the friendliest and most helpful group any golf community could wish to have representing them. They enhance your golfing experience beyond expectations and cater to your every need.
Kim Anders, Director of Golf and Cesar De La Pena, Head Golf Professional run a relaxed, friendly, smooth and efficient golf operation. It’s always a pleasure to return over and over again to this outstanding golf community. You just become part of the family community, immediately upon arrival.
You’ll thoroughly enjoy every hole on this course and yes, there will be many that truly test your ability, yet you can’t wait to try again with a better approach. It offers such pure pleasure in the ‘Game’ that you absolutely cannot get enough rounds in during your visit to quince your thirst for victory on this course. Arizona Golfer has rated this track on the “Top” of their list for “Favorite Courses to Play” and continues to do so each year upon returning over the past eight years. It just keeps getting better!
Hole #7, par 5, 558 yards from the tips: Think!! That’s what this hole says to you each time you play it. Begins with a straightaway tee shot that turns left with large bunkers on your left and right. Stay to the left with your second shot with fairway bunker on your right and to avoid problems with your approach shot to a green which is protected by two bunkers in front and one on the center left. Best to describe the fairway is a zig zag shape, in my opinion. It sure can ruin a good score on the front nine with so many obstacles for trouble.
Hole #15, par 4, 421 yards: This visual totally blows your mind when you see it the first time. All you can say is, “Whoaaaa”. As always, trust your swing and you’ll be amazed at the result. You are hitting over a large lagoon to an elevated, left slanted undulating and semi-narrow fairway with bunker that runs the entire length, and doglegs left on your second shot. Aim just center right and you’ll be in good shape for your second shot. The lagoon embraces the fairway all the way to the green, so second shot needs to stay center right to the green. There are two fairway bunkers on the right and the elongated green has a large bunker on the right and left back. This hole takes you to the Pacific and how you play it and your score depends a lot on the breeze. It’s just the BEST as far as visually shocking with your first encounter, however think your way to the green and you’ll learn to love this hole, albeit most likely NOT on your first effort at it.
Too many wonderful and challenging holes to describe on this course and of course, the 18th hole is a fabulous finishing hole to the clubhouse. You just have to get there to understand how this property grabs your heart and keeps your mind on the next available time to return, over and over again.
Estrella del Mar…a “MUST PLAY” and a “MUST DESTINATION”!