I am visiting during Christmas from the Great Northwest (Seattle) . i say this because perhaps i have become jaded when it comes to views. In Washington nothing is completely flat. We have snow-capped mountains and water views everywhere. Green is everywhere. Okay that is out of the way.
i booked a great rate of $85 on Golfnow. im staying at the Grand Venetian located a mile south of the Cruise Ship terminal and got a taxi for 200 pesos. the driver was asking 240. on the way the driver wanted to stop at a OXXO convenience store for a coca cola. no problem since i needed a little agua for the round. Feeling good karma offered to pick up the driver's coca cola.
the drive is about 20 minutes thru a very different part of the town. I was struck by the conditions the locals live in. i imagined this is what Syria looked like after the regime's bombing attack. Rocky dirt streets the norm, crumbling buildings and dust everywhere. I guessed there is no infrastructure to take care of what our taxes buy. Next time when you find yourself thinking you pay to much in tax visualize Los Mojoneras!
arrived at the golf course to a nice Spanish themed clubhouse. My bags were hoisted out of the cab by a gentleman who told me they would be placed on a cart around back.
checking in was not a problem. Fyi bring your confirmation or email on your phone just in case. I didn't but they found me anyway.
Headed out to the range. Ahh real grass to hit off of. A little adjustment from field turf but not bad since bermuda is spongy and divots aren't heavy.
Decided to play the whites since the gold and blue were rated at 136 and i'm on vacation.
First hole slight dog right i can see the hole. Par after that lotsa tee shots where you can see landing areas but know flag. Bring a laser finder for yardage. Hazards that cross the fairways on many holes. Hit away from the bunkers. Like the greenside bunkers at Snoqualmie TPC deep 5 ft. plus. Bermuda greens that roll very slow. Never quite adjusted and three jacked half a dozen. I brought a camera and photographed the holes but kept waiting for a vista view which never came. In retrospect this course is a 3.5 out of 5. Try to get a discount or if money doesn't matter pay the 165 but not worth that imho.
Hope this helps.