USA vs. Mexico Match Play Challenge

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Imagine being able to play in a tournament similar to the Ryder Cup, playing for your country against our neighbors to the south, Mexico. Now you can in the Uniting Nations Cup amateur series' USA vs. Mexico Match Play Challenge.

In 2018, the USA vs. Mexico Match Play Challenge will be played in the Riviera Maya Oct. 25 - 28. Men and women amateur golfers from the United States and Canada with a verifiable Handicap Index are now invited to register for the 2017 tournament to be played at IBEROSTAR's Playa Paraiso Golf Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico. 

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A look at the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya, which extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico, with expansive stretches of powdery white sand lapped by the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

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It's a location where history meets the best of modern luxury. Spend the day at a luxury beach resort where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, spa services, delicious cuisine and a variety of modern amenities. Or visit ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba and El Rey.  Adventurous travelers should venture off the beaten path to visit traditional Maya villages where you will witness the traditions and culture of this fascinating region and sample the local cuisine. A few hours inland, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are arguably the best restored and most impressive of the Yucatan Maya archaeological sites.

The Riviera Maya is also one of the world’s top destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. An expansive coral reef system extending just off the coast is home to a dizzying array of marine life including colorful tropical fish, manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks. Or go snorkeling or cave diving in the many cenotes (underground sink holes) which are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula.

And of course there are top-notch golf courses, most notably the Playa Paraiso Golf Club, home to the Uniting Nations Cup.

Playa Paraiso Golf Club

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In the proud tradition of the world renowned Dye family golf courses, architect P.B. Dye’s masterpiece, IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf Club, is truly unique.

On a landscape that is relatively flat rises a golf course like no other in the Mexican Caribbean. Carved out of the ancient Mayan jungle, IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf Club has many of the traits of a typical Dye Design--narrow fairways, deep bunkers, extreme vertical movement and nontraditional hazards such as a rock riverbed--are facts that make the course distinctively different from others in the area.

The course is as inviting and challenging as anyone would want, having recently hosted the Big Break Mexico. Plenty of tees allow players of all skill levels to enjoy the layout that  weaves through a mangrove forest complete with the cacophony of parakeets, bright blue Yucatan jays, orioles and tanagers. In its many lakes, you will pass by cormorants looking for a second breakfast, “golden slipper” egrets, and colorful lizards.

Design-wise, IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf Club is one of a kind. The course undoubtedly features the most dramatic elevation changes along with very unusual obstacles. It is extraordinary!

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