Putter Up: New Latin Links

Just as Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, Latin courses are getting notice. Golf Magazine's latest list of the top 100 includes courses from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New courses are also sprouting across Mexico, with $100 billion in golf-related development. The roster of names who've designed courses there reads like a who's who of the sport. The star attraction of La Loma Club de Golf in San Luis Potosí is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened last year (www.lalomagolf.com.mx). At the Greg Norman-designed, 7,000-yard El Camaleón near Cancún, guests can choose from four five-star resort hotels nestled in the mangrove jungles of the Riviera Maya region (mayakobagolf.com). And the venerable La Paz Golf Club in Bolivia (lapazgolfclub.com) remains splendid. Its groundskeepers are indigenous women who take breaks to hone their putting skills.