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IBEROSTAR Cancun Team Championship
04 Sep 2012
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: IBEROSTAR Golf Team Championship - Cancun, Mexico, IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso

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This Fall, Iberostar Golf Resorts is unveiling all-inclusive golf packages that dovetail off of the company's theme of one-price vacations. And in conjunction with a new golf marketing campaign, they have launched the Iberostar Team Championship.

I've experienced the Spanish company's hospitality first hand, and can't wait to do so again in a tournament setting. I can promise you that it's going to be an over-the-top affair, and at a price you can afford.

The tournament will be held from February 24 to 28 at Iberostar Cancun Resort, a unique property where each and every room has an ocean view. A spa, 7 infinity pools, kids club with water park, 4 specialty restaurants, swim-up bar, and more amenities than I could mention here are all part of Iberostar Cancun Resort, where you don't have to take out your wallet once you've arrived.

All-inclusive is a concept that was new to me. It actually took some getting used to. At the hotel's swim up bar, I made eye contact with the bartender after he handed me a mouth watering Margarita as if to ask "how much?" and he just smiled. (A tiny wristband having identified me as a hotel guest.)

And while it's dinners, drinks, included gratuities, and complimentary activities where you save the most money, it was on the golf course where I appreciated it most. During a round, it's inconvenient to reach into your golf bag and pay for beverages and snacks, and, after already shelling out over a $100 or $200 on a greens fee, it's a place where I've always felt a bit gouged.

Complimentary cocktails are just a small part of the overall golf experience, which starts and ends with a smile from the friendly staff. Here is something I hadn't seen in a long time. While we were waiting for our clubs to be loaded up after the round, I noticed that my clubs weren't being given the now-classic "courtesy wipe" while still in the bag. All of my irons were soaking and being hand brushed in the water. (All-inclusive or not, this guy received a well-earned "propina" -- Spanish for gratuity.)

Iberostar owns and operates two distinctly different layouts that will be used for the tournament, Iberostar Cancun Golf Club and Playa Paraiso Golf Club. The former, and Isao Aoki design, is adjacent to the host hotel, making it a "roll out of bed" experience for the tournament rounds that are played there. The latter, a P.B. Dye jungle layout, is a short ride away. Use the links below for course reviews:

Iberostar Cancun Golf Club review>
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club review>

THE TOURNAMENT: FEBRUARY 24-28, 2013

There are six competitions, which truly means there is something for everyone. Teams may choose to enter the tournament one of two ways. PRO-AM Teams will consist of a Host PGA Professional and three amateurs and will compete against other Pro-Am teams.  For those players who may not be members of a golf club or prefer to play with other amateur participants,  AM-AM Teams will be made up of two amateur players and will be paired with different twosomes each day.  The teams will compete in separate PRO-AM and AM-AM Divisions on a daily and overall basis. Additionally, both Host PGA Professionals and amateurs will have the option to compete in separate individual competitions which will be scored concurrently within the team tournament.  Like the wide array of dining and entertainment options afforded to guests at IBEROSTAR Resorts, the MEXICO Team Championship will offer participants the thrill of friendly competition and the chance to win fantastic prizes and awards every day.

Entries for this 54-hole event start at just $1425 per person, double occupancy. For a limited time, you can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a complimentary, tournament entry for two adults. Click on the following link to enter. www.iberostargolfresort s.com/ sweepstakes

To find out more about the tournament, visit: www.iberostargolfevent s.com

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