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Dont Forget to Pack Your 7 Iron

A guide to the best golf courses in 15 of the most frequented cities in the world (for AA, anyway). So, whatever you do, don't leave home without those clubs - or this article.


The Jockey Club
Why Play It? Designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie, this must-play is typically the highest-rated course in South America.
Your Chances of Getting On: Fair. All the top courses in Buenos Aires are private, but most make accommodations for visitors, especially through concierges at top hotels. Alternatively, specialty tour operator Golf in Argentina (www.golfinargentina.com) can arrange one-day packages to the top courses, with transportation, club rentals, greens fees, and a bilingual escort. Peak Greens Fees: Under $100. 
Contact:  Avenue Marquez 1702, San Isidro; 011-54-11-4815-0561

Olivos Golf Club
Why Play It? Known as an extremely challenging test, this world-class course has hosted the Argentine Open many times. Your Chances of Getting On: See Jockey Club, above. Peak Greens Fees: Under $100. 
Contact: Ruta Panamericana Km. 32, Pilar; 011-54-11-4463-1076


El Cameleòn at Mayakoba
Why Play It? Greg Norman's design, the first to ever host a PGA Tour event in Mexico, is named the Chameleon for the way it changes character as it moves through desert, canals, beachfront, canyons, and jungle.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good; very good if you're a guest at the onsite Fairmont Mayakoba hotel.
Peak Greens Fees: $180.
Contact: 298 Playa del Carmen; 011-52-90-4206-3088; www.fairmont.com/mayakoba  

Moon Palace
Why Play It? Any combination of the three signature nines by Jack Nicklaus makes this one of the top courses in the fast-booming Mayan Riviera.

Your Chances of Getting On: Excellent for Palace Resorts guests; good for outside players.
Peak Greens Fees: $260 (includes round-trip transportation from anywhere in Cancún).
Contact: Carretera Chetumal-Cancún Km. 340, Cancún; 011-52-99-8881-6088; www.palaceresorts.com  

Playa Paraiso
Why Play It? This recent design from P.B. Dye, carved from thick jungle and limestone ledge, is great fun from beginning to end.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good. You need to stay at one of the Iberostar hotels to get a tee time, but with a whopping six sharing the layout, that shouldn't be difficult. Peak Greens Fees: $182.
Contact: Carretera Chetumal-Cancún Km. 309, Playa Paraíso; 011-52-98-4877-2847; www.iberostar.com