The Arizona Golf Association (AGA) puts on some great events in state and out of the country! This past weekend we traveled down to Mexico along with five other couples for the 2023 Arizona Golf Association Mayan Palace Oktoberfest Weekend. Nicknamed “Arizona’s Beach”, Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) in Sonora, Mexico is the closest beach to Phoenix and perfect for short getaways.
We learned that the AGA has been putting on this event in one form or another for over 20 years! This annual event has become a favorite among members and is hosted several times a year, starting in March to celebrate Spring and then in October for Oktoberfest. Called “The Greatest Golf Tournament in the World” by our good friend Chad, the event is 36-holes of stroke play Four-Person Shamble and an awesome deal with a welcome reception, two rounds of golf, buffet lunches, free beer on the course (remember Chad?), team awards and lots prizes.
The crew all traveled down on Friday for a practice round and an amazing welcome reception put on by the AGA. Saturday was a jam packed day! Starting with the chipping contest at the clubhouse, we had a great first round on a calm beautiful day and ended the day tied for 2nd in our flight and 6th overall (net). The Mayan Palace put on a great lunch buffet which fueled us for a fun afternoon and evening by the pool and beach. The night was topped off with the Diamondbacks winning game 2 of the World Series. Sunday morning greeted us with 20+mph winds, which made it really interesting for the second round. Perhaps a little tired from playing Spikeball on the beach and winning the beach volleyball ‘tournament’ on Saturday night (Go Team Chicharrón!) so we ended up 5th for the tournament. Finishing off the event was another epic lunch, awards, and a lot of great raffle prizes!
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this event! The AGA puts on a great event! All the staff at the Mayan Palace and Vidanta Golf Puerto Peñasco were so nice and great to be around. The chef and his team filled our bellies with delicious meals all weekend and the rooms and accommodations at the Mayan Palace offered so much value.
Thank you so much to our great friends, we had so much fun with you all this weekend! Next up is our Couples Putting Clinic.
Here are a few things we recommend for a Mexico golf trip
The par-fect cover for Mexico! (mallet and driver available too)
Thanks Kim for introducing us to this, we had a blast on the beach!
For the things Mrs said on the course haha
One of the best golf balls to play in the wind.
Arizona Golf Association
ARIZONA GOLF: MORE THAN A GAME. IT’S A LIFESTYLE.
Arizona is a golf lover’s paradise. Good weather makes for good times, and with almost 300 days of dry, sunny conditions it’s likely that you’ll find yourself on one of the 300+ courses spread across the state. Whether you’re a lifelong golfer who wants to compete in championships or you’re just getting into the sport or looking to socialize, the Arizona Golf Association has something for you.
For more information about the AGA Mayan Palace Member Weekends check out the 2023 Oktoberfest Event Link or for other AGA trips including Whistling Straits in Kohler or Southwest Ireland visit the AGA Travel website at https://azgolf.org/travel
Vidanta Puerto Peñasco
Discover A World Like No Other. Enter a land of magic and fascination. Seated between the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert, Puerto Peñasco is a unique environment made for stargazing, adventure, and exploration. With two resorts, The Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco is perfect for families or couples on an intimate get-away—spend your vacation the way you deserve. The Grand Mayan Puerto Peñasco provides guests with a luxurious resort environment to match the spectacular natural one.
The Nicklaus Design Course at Puerto Peñasco cuts an emerald channel between rolling sand dunes and brilliant desert flora. Bordered on one side by the Sea of Cortez and on the other by a vast tidal estuary, the course is a unique beauty, and its challenging intensity equals the richness of its surroundings. The course is a true treasure for golfers, a chance to say they’ve played on “one of the 20 best and most fascinating courses in the world,” or what Golfweek Magazine named as one of the Best Golf Courses in the Caribbean or Mexico. Browse the pro shop after your game, or stop for a drink at our 19th hole restaurant. You’ll want a moment to reflect on the magnificence of the course you just played.