Schmidt-Curley Heads Up Projects in Mexico

Schmidt-Curley Design has announced it will begin construction of a four-course project at Maravia Golf Club in La Paz, Mexico, and is partnering with golf great Nick Faldo on a design at the Kanay Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Construction of the first course at Maravia Golf Club begins in April. It will be named "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, the par-71, 7,068-yard layout will combine desert-style "target golf" with spectacular ocean vistas. The track will feature rugged, sandy waste areas with backdrops of the sea and mountains, with saltwater-tolerant Seashore Paspalum grass used on the tees, greens, fairways and roughs.

The Kanay Resort course, Schmidt-Curley's seventh joint effort with Faldo, is 45 minutes south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera and will run through a lush jungle. Plans call for an 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."

Mexico is a key market in Schmidt-Curley's global business model. The Maravia and Kanay Resort ventures join Amanali Golf Club in Tepeji and Ventanas de San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende as current Schmidt-Curley projects in the country, and other Mexico-based projects have been targeted by the firm's Arizona headquarters.

"The sites we're working in Mexico are quite varied," says Curley, a 30-year industry veteran. "They range from the rugged coastline of the Sea of Cortez to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and will allow us to fully capitalize on the creativity that's a hallmark of our firm."

Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 100 courses in 24 countries on four continents. The firm's credits include the largest golf club in the world, Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China; four-time Skins Game host Terra Lago Golf Club in Indio, California; and Chonburi, Thailand's Amata Spring Golf Club, host of the PGA European Tour's Royal Trophy andAsian Golf Monthly's "Best New Course in Asia" for 2006.

Previous Schmidt-Curley/Faldo collaborations are Mission Hills' Faldo Course (Shenzhen, China), Marriott's Shadow Ridge (Palm Desert, California), Marriott's Desert Ridge (Phoenix, Arizona), The Wilderness Club (Eureka, Montana), Katemaya Dunes (Cairo, Egypt) and Ventanas de San Miguel Golf Club (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).

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