Schmidt and Curley move into Mexico


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Schmidt-Curley Design is constructing a four-course project at the Maravia Golf Club in La Paz, Mexico. The company is also to partner with Nick Faldo on a design at the Kanay Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The first course at Maravia Golf Club is called Comillo de Coyote (Fang of the Coyote) and is part of a planned golf residential community overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Located 15 minutes north of La Paz in Mexico's Baja California, it's a 7,068-yard par 71, based around desert-style target golf. The layout will feature extensive sandy waste areas and Seashore Paspalum grass on its tees, greens, fairways and roughs.

The Kanay Resort course, Schmidt- Curley's seventh joint effort with Nick Faldo Design, lies 45 minutes south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera. Plans include a 847-room hotel, as well as a residential component.

"Our work in Mexico highlights how active we are throughout the world," said Brian Curley. "We've been able to leverage our significant international experience to seamlessly enter the promising Mexican market." The Maravia and Kanay Resort ventures join other Schmidt-Curley projects in Mexico including the Amanali Golf Club in Tepeji and the Ventanas de San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende.

"The sites we're working on in Mexico are quite varied," said Curley. "They range from the rugged coastline of the Sea of Cortez to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and will allow us to fully capitalise on the creativity that's a hallmark of our firm."