Living the Dream Less Travelled – By: Tim Sullivan

Recent weather news from the United States and Canada regarding the Polar Vortex, which held the majority of both countries in an ice thong grip of sub-zero temperatures this winter, served nicely to reaffirm the correctness of my decision taken over a quarter century ago to flee the inclement northern climes and move to the tropical paradise of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, México where the winter nights are balmy and the days are a toasting 84° F.

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has been my permanent home ever since I arrived here in December of 1987. Upon arriving to this little slice of paradise I was enthralled by the awesome natural beauty of the countryside and, even more so, by the natural congeniality of the residents of La Costa Grande (the Long Coast) of which Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the principal population center. The Sierra Madre de Sur Mountains run down the Pacific coast of México and create a magnificent verdant backdrop to the vast expanse of the blue Pacific Ocean. It is here, wrapped in the embrace of mountains and sea, that I have lived a dream which I could hardly have had imagined while shoveling snow back in those Ohio Winters.

And, to add icing to the cake, my present position as General Manager of the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course ( allows me to enjoy one of the passions of my life: playing golf. (My other passion is sailing).

Among the many activities and attractions which Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has to offer to visitors and residents alike is the leisurely sport of Golf – the potentially addictive pursuit of a small, white ball across a mown field divided into 18 holes each of which peppered with hazards of varying danger and doom.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has two (2) championship golf courses both of which are located within the resort area of Ixtapa. The Campo de Golf Palma Real, opened in 1974, is the older of the two and is owned and operated by the Mexican Federal Government through the agency known as Fonatur. The Marina Ixtapa Golf Course was opened in 1994 and is privately owned. Both courses are open to the general public on a year-round basis. Green fees at either course are approximately $100 dollars in the Winter Season, but, multiple round packages at discounted prices are available directly from each course.




 The Marina Ixtapa Golf Course is located in Ixtapa and is open year-round. Green fees are approximately $100 dollars in the Winter Season, but, multiple round packages at discounted prices are available.

As I enter into my second year as the GM at Marina Ixtapa Golf Course, I am reminded of just how fortunate I am to not only have a job but to have a job which gives me so much satisfaction. It is a great blessing to have the opportunity to meet new people and receive old friends from all around México, Canada, The United States and other countries. And most of all I give great thanks for the gift of living a dream in the tropical paradise of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Come and visit me at the Marina Ixtapa Golf Course.   You can download the green fees on on the Local Attractions & Activities Page.

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