Marina Ixtapa Golf Club
Marina Ixtapa Golf Club
3.5
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Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is a Robert Von Hagge designed links style track which opened in January, 1994. It is characterized by narrow fairways bordered by numerous dunes of grass, large traps guarding undulating greens and water on 14 of the 18 holes.The course is a challenging yet fair experience with 4 sets of tees to accommodate all ranges of experience and abilities. The staff is friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable.The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is open from 7 am until dusk 365 days per year.
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thehman1
vancouver, b.c. canada4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Contrary to the two other reviews the Marina is the far better course.
I was there Jan.9-23/04, the Marina was in far better shape than Palma the package was $360.00us for six rounds anytime of the day. We golfed at 1:30 and no tee times were required which is a big relief because it saves all the hassle, we just showed up and away we went it was almost deserted. The green fee includes cart and they were like new. They cut the greens and fairways everyday. If you go to Ixtapa try both courses but you will go back to the Marina.
Written 16 February 2004
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Dreamer17862
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There are two courses just behind the beach in Ixtapa. The Marina is the better of the two, more interesting and more challenging. There are multiplay packages which make the fees around 75-80 US dollars per round, not bad for resort areas in Mexico. Last year it was $125 at Las Hadas and hardly an adequate course compared to the Marina. We stayed in Zihuatanejo, a short $12 cab ride away, leaving our clubs and shoes at the Marina, which were cleaned and stored for us. I am looking forward to going back this December and playing there again.
Written 8 June 2003
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Extraordinary31977
St. Louis, MO4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited Ixtapa February, 2005. We played golf at Marina Golf Club. Short cab ride or about 1 mile walk from Hotel Krystal. We left our bags at the course for multiple play. No charge. We purchased a multiple-play package. 4 rounds including cart cost 250 Dollars. One catch was that the charge was made in pesos at a premium conversion rate of 13peso/$, thus costing in dollars about 10% more, but still a good deal versus single play price of about $92 (before conversion). With exception of one or two holes the course was in good condition. Challenging, with many traps, rolls on greens, lagoons, etc.. Overall enjoyed it and would return.
Written 23 March 2005
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mark b
New Rochelle, NY5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The tee boxes were mowed to about 2" high-- could barely tee up the ball.
The sand is non existent. The traps are now 4" thick unplayable rough. Most of the fairways are browned out and many are just dirt. The greens are so slow and many have burned out areas. you lose balls in the middle of the fairways because there is so much dirt. I will not play there next year.
Written 3 March 2023
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Tourist36405
Lake Villa, IL.1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I printed out their web page quoting $47.00 for 18 holes of golf after 1:30. When I got to the course, they refused to honor the price. I asked to talk to the manager and he also refused to honor the price. He said the prices were old, but if you look at the "update date" on their web page, it says it was updated 4 months ago and has not been changed.
If they are going to quote a price, they should honor it. Rather than $47.00 they charged us $64.00 each. Nice honest way to run a business!
Written 7 March 2004
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
After playing the Marina course I came to two conclusions. First the course was a little out of shape but nice. Second ALL old carts from the states end up at this course. I thought our axle was going to break and the cart lost about 80% of its power after eight holes. On the positive side we got our 25 USD back for the cart since we pushed it up inclines for 10 holes. The Palma Real is a much better course for an extra 5-10 bucks. Make sure you check with your hotel about any discount they may have available. Happy golfing!
Written 6 March 2002
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bff7y15
maryland148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You probably read my review of Palma Real and should now post about the Marina course. The prices here are better. When you are quoted a price, the price includes a cart. Palma Real cart is extra. The package rate gives you the best price. Overall the course layout is nice. They do have some challenging holes. Hole 1 is a Par 5. Easy hole to par if you stay out of the traps that are in front of green. Hole 2 is a short Par 3. You do want to be long and in the trap behind the right of the green. The 3rd Hole is a dog left up the hill. If the pin is in the back use an extra club. It is a 2 tier green. The 4th hole aim for the 150 marker. Do not try to go any further. Right is water and any thing much further the fairway narrows. The 5th is slight dog leg left, aim to the right of the fairway trap. Green has traps in front. The sixth hole is fairly simple. Keep it right and let the ball roll back to the fairway. The 7th hole is a Par 3. Depending upon the tee and pin placement you may have a 180 yard carry over sand. The 8th hole long Par 5. Long hitters, beware you can reach the lagoon with your drive. Critical third shot into the green is needed. The ninth hole is guarded by the lagoon on your left and a fairway trap on your right. Your second shot is over water. The 10th hole a dog leg right. If you push your drive right you are in the driving range. Beware of the traps on your left with your second shot. The 11th hole a short par 3. Green can be tricky. The 12th hole is a dog leg right. Hit the ball straight, stay out the touble on the right and behind the green. The 13th hole is a long Par 4. Aim for the traps on the right and draw the ball back to the fairway. Green slopes normally right to left. The 14th hole - short Par 4. I believe ther are 10+ traps on this hole. Aim fir the 100 yard marker and hope your short game good. The 15th hole, you have an option to fade your tee shot over the lagoon , if you are long hitter to begin with. Distance off the tee is not as important than keeping the ball right and out of the lagoon. The 16th hole, is a dog leg left. Aim for the 150 marker. You do not want to be left of the marker. The 17th hole a short par 3 over water. Accuracy counts here. The 18th hole, is unreal. Long Par 5. Hit your drive safe up the middle. Stay away from the lagoon on the left and the fairway mounds on the right. 2 of the mounds have traps also. The second shot aim for the 150 marker. Accurate 3rd shot is required to the green. My only complaint about the Marina course are the cart paths and 2 or 3 fairways. Some tender loving care would make this course a gem. Though the course may not have the scenery of Palma Real, I enjoy the course and the challenges it offers. When you are there, say hello to Paco, one of the the beverage cart guys. He used to caddy for me at Palma Real and would appreciate the opportunity to swing a club if offered.
Written 7 February 2006
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txlerch
Houston, Tx4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
I have made four different trips to Zihua and each time I checked the trusty Tripadvisor site for the recommendation to either play Marina or Palma Real. Each time the reviews have applauded Marina and slammed Palma Real. So I had always played only Marina but always thought what I could see of Palma Real from the street looked far superior. This trip I took the time to play both.

I am fully convinced that the positive reviews on this site for Marina Golf have to be coming from folks with a financial stake in the Marina course.

Let's start with the Marina course:
"Goat pasture minus the goats" pretty much sums it up. There are barren patches in the middle of most fairways, weeds thick in the "sand" traps, more like rock traps, the greens are very coarse and slow. The carts are likely third generation hand me downs. It is still a viable golf course though. It has 18 full size golf holes but they are crammed in behind and across the street from the hotels on the beach. You are actually playing along the mangroves and stinky ditches that hold brackish water and alligators (those I don't mind, they add local flavor).

The staff:
If you are lucky enough to find someone in the golf shop, they will likely make you feel like you have just been taken advantage of by the time you walk out. They quote you in US dollars but then convert everything in to Pesos using a ridiculous exchange rate then MAKE YOU pay in Pesos. Nevermind if you wish to purchase a souvenir. Nothing, NADA, ZILCH is for sale in the Pro shop.

If you play Marina, you are basically getting in 18 holes and paying for the longitude and lattitude.

Like I said, I played Palma Real as well on this trip. It was in very good, not exceptional shape. A local told me later that it had recently been mowed or we would not have been able to find our balls outside of the fairway. This was not the case when we played. It was beautiful. It was challenging. The carts were well maintaned. The caddies were very helpful. The beer cart came around on a regular basis and even ran a tab for us rather than demand payment for each round of drinks. Lots of alligators. Let the caddy look for your ball! The Pro shop did not have any merchandise either but the staff was actually helpful in trying to save us money by proactively demonstrating that we could pay less if we combine our rounds in to a package and pay up front. This proved to save us quite a bit and coming back 2 days later even without our proof of purchase was not an issue.
Written 5 November 2012
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txlerch, Thank you for your visit to the Marina Ixtapa Golf Club back in October and especially for your TA post dated 5 November, 2012. It pains me to admit it but your comments were right on target regarding the condition of the course and the unprofessional attitude of the staff. But since I have been here we have made great strides towards improving all aspects of the MArina Ixtapa Golf Club experience. My name is Tim Sullivan. I am the new general manager of the golf club. I took over the job last 15 December, 2012. My #1 priority is to provide a satisfying golfing experience at a reasonable price for all of our visitors. I invite you to come back and give us another try. When you do return I will comp your round of golf. Tim Sullivan General MAnager
Written 21 February 2013
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trianon3
Calgary, Canada34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I am being kind. The layout isn't bad but what a dump!. I will struggle not to use the word dump too often. Crappy clubhouse. Indifferent staff. Old carts with no brakes so you have to plan how to stop. Bridges, of which there are many, that you fear to cross as the skinny planks are broken and could give way at any moment. Absolutely no sand in any bunkers, just hard pan crud. And they wanted a $100 US! . The place is devoid of golfers so what part of the golf business don't they understand. All of it. Still, in spite of all this, an interesting golf adventure
Written 9 January 2015
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emilio800
Milwaukee, WI18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
I played this course three times last week. There are two strong positives. First, the course has a very interesting layout that's very beautiful in its way. There are doglegs, hazards and forced carries. Lies in the fairways are very tight with sparse grass overlying mud near the watered greens. Second, the greens roll well. They have considerable interest, many are large allowing for a number of interesting hole locations. The greens will hold shots. Another positive is that you can always get on the course. It appears to me they have maybe 20 people a day play the course, so you feel like you have it to yourself. Carts are inconsistently maintained. Test the brakes.

As for negatives, much of the course is brown and dusty. It's not only from lack of water, because the course is watered. It's more of a drainage problem. Some areas are muddy. There are no rakes in bunkers. There are no ball washers.

The pro-shop contains about 6 hats, no shirts and little equipment. It looked like they had a few gloves. Don't ask for a clean, dry towel. People will always be around to handle and clean your clubs.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is if this is worth the price, which was $97 US plus $33 for a cart, but there are packages available for less and it's less for seniors. Practice balls cost extra and are ancient. Range is not maintained at all. This is clearly not a $130 golf course. I'd say $80 including the cart would be reasonable for the experience here.
Written 22 January 2012
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