Golf is rudimentary in the Chapala area. If you’re a true golfer, you’re going to have to drive 40 minutes to the outskirts of Guadalajara where they have world-class golf courses. They’re fairly pricey and I personally don’t like spending all that time on the highway. Plus I would ride a golf cart in Guadalajara because they have them, so it’s better for me to play on my beautiful little Chula Vista course here. It has 400-year-old trees and a valley with a little stream running through it. It’s like a walk in the park. It’s beautifully landscaped with lots of trees and flowers. We have flowers that bloom here year round, and it’s just a gorgeous place.
Chula Vista an executive course. There are no par 5s. It is 3 or 3 and a half miles to walk around it. It’s a 9-hole course so you do it twice from different tee boxes. Most of the greens are elevated. Playing a round is equivalent to about 20 flights of stairs.
The fairways are narrow and you have to be really precise. For instance, in Texas my friends have to give me a stroke a hole so I can compete with them, but the golf course here is so narrow that we play heads up because when my Texas friends hit the ball, it will often veer off course, and they get penalty strokes, and I play straight right down the middle. I’m used to controlling the ball rather than going for distance.
The other local 9 hole course at the Chapala Country Club is more wide open, but it is a 30 min. drive away.
(Chula Vista Golf Course, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)