Golf en la Riviera Maya
In the widely speculated world of pre-Hispanic, Mesoamerican sports, it is thought that the
Maya civilizations on the Yucatan peninsula played a sport simply known as “ball game”
which included two teams trying to win by hitting a ball through a small hole protruding from
a stone wall. The thoughts on how they got the ball into the hole has differed with some
believing it was by striking the ball with a player’s hips, arms or sticks and rackets.
by Randy Dodson
Human sacrifice of the losing team’s captain or team members is depicted on the stone
walls of the ball court at Chichen Itza; a harsh penalty indeed for missing the hole.
There is no speculation that the game of golf has come from this ancient “ball game” of
the Maya people. But without a doubt the game now being played on the vibrant grass
of the Riviera Maya is being played on the golf courses of Playa Paraiso, El Camaleon at
Mayakoba, El Manglar and the Riviera Maya (pictured) golf clubs.
Today, luckily, even the most competitive playing partners won’t be asking for your head if
you miss a putt for the win.
To learn more about this stay and play getaway please visit www.rivieramaya.com
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