July 16, 2015 | By VACV |
Andrew Gilchrist, Director of Golf for IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Mexico has golf in his blood. He was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf, and has devoted his life to the sport. He takes us on a tour of the championship IBEROSTAR Playa Paraíso Golf Club.
What does it mean to you to have had P.B. Dye design this course?
This is the only P.B. Dye design in Mexico. For me it’s a great opportunity.
What’s the character of this course?
Most of the courses in the Mexican Caribbean are flat and wide open. But Dye likes to put a lot of movement in to his courses. You can’t just grip it and rip it.
What’s your favourite hole?
Definitely #9. There’s a rock river running alongside the tee boxes and a perfect replica of Chichen Itza.
How does golf complement the Grand Collection experience?
The Grand Collection is all about hassle-free luxury. Great golf is part of that.
What impact did the Golf Channel’s Big Break have?
It’s unbelievable the amount of people that come through the pro shop and mention Big Break. The show put the course on the map!
When you’re not on the course, how do you enjoy the Riviera Maya?
When I have a chance, I visit the Tulum archaeological site, it’s like going back in time. I prefer the late hours when the last visitors are leaving and you can enjoy the silence and the ocean.
Do you have a favourite local food we all need to try?
Cochinita Pibil. It’s a traditional Mayan pork dish wrapped in banana leaves and slow baked overnight. You can try it at our Mexican Restaurant “La Brisa” at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso.
Any tips for a great round of golf
Make sure you have fun! You're on vacation.