Golf PARa Todos (Golf FORE Everyone) strives to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program for children that promotes the game of golf and its ideals. Golf PARa Todos is a program of the Mayakoba resort and the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Founded in 2007 by the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Golf PARa Todos was originally created to share the sport of golf with the Riviera Maya and Cancun communities at large.
The program’s initial concept featured introductory golf clinics at El Camaleón’s practice facility once a month which were open and free of charge to community members of all ages and backgrounds.
The clinics were designed to provide a broad introduction to the sport and featured volunteer instructors offering complimentary instruction with borrowed golf equipment.
Quite simply, Golf PARa Todos sought to give people their first-ever golf experience.
In the program’s first 10 years, more than 20,000 people participated—many of whom set foot on a golf course for the very first time in their lives at a GPT event.
Today, Golf PARa Todos focuses on children and sharing the sport with the younger generation. Through regular golf clinics and a more formal instructional program, the program’s introductory reach stretches widely but also provides powerful impact to children interested in making a commitment to taking up golf and eventually competing.
In 2019, Golf PARa Todos entered a new era as the program pivoted to focus solely on young people of ages 10 to 18. The educational program branched into three distinct efforts each focused on sharing the game of golf with children of the Riviera Maya and Cancun region in a different way.
Following years of successfully providing opportunities for people to simply experience golf for the very first time, the program now attempts to reach those young people who have never been exposed to the sport as well as those who already actively play and practice golf.
Introduce the Sport of Golf to Young People
Stage 1 of Golf PARa Todos focuses on simply introducing young people ages 10-18 to the sport of golf through fun and dynamic one-day clinics and classes designed to be a youngster’s first-ever experience on a golf course.
Our objective is to merely share the sport of golf so young people can break through and develop an initial understanding and familiarity with it—and discover that golf is fun and truly is FOR EVERYONE.
Stage 1 events are scheduled periodically and are open to all children who are interested in participating and learning the basics of golf.
Among the activities which take place
- Introductory clinics
- The basics of playing golf and understanding golf
- Fun contests
- Meet people and make new friends
- Opportunities to continue on to stage 2 of GPT
Integrate golf into young people’s lives as a part of their regular recreational activities
Stage 2 of Golf PARa Todos strives to turn interested young people into keen golfers and help them make golf a part of their lives. Through education on the ideals of golf and instruction on the fundamentals of playing the game, GPT participants are immersed in golf over a months-long period and truly afforded the opportunity to become a “golfer.”
Program participants gather at Mayakoba twice a week every week during the season where they receive professional and passionate instruction from our certified instructors from Mayakoba’s Jim McLean Golf Academy as well as education on the values inherent in the game of golf like honesty, responsibility, integrity and more.
The objective of GPT’s second stage is to foster active participation playing golf but also to instill these important values and help young people grow into mature young adults.
- Participation in GPT is free of charge to participants
- Complimentary access to Mayakoba’s practice facilities
- Professional instruction to help participants advance from beginners to proficient players
- Uniforms and special gifts, including equipment
- Access to special events and unique experiences
- Fun competitions
- Support in seeking and identifying competitive opportunities
Invest in the support of talented competitive junior golfers
Stage 3 of Golf PARa Todos aims to support talented participants as they look to move on and play tournament golf. As participants demonstrate success in stage 2 and a desire to advance as competitive players, Golf PARa Todos will provide scholarship and sponsorship support to assist in covering expenses such as tournament entry fees, travel or other costs associated with competing.
But beyond simply providing financial support, GPT helps participants to identify their proper path forward and find appropriate tournaments for their age and skill level. Additionally, the program facilitates premium instruction and coaching for these talented players to help them as they strive to reach their goals.
Our ultimate objective is to support competitive junior golfers as they strive to earn college golf scholarships, represent Mexico in international competition and eventually compete as professionals.
- Enhanced Instruction
- Tournament Golf
- Premium Equipment
Connectivity to a world-class PGA TOUR event
As the founder of Golf PARa Todos, the Mayakoba Golf Classic plays a key role in making the program special and creating unique opportunities for all program participants.
Thanks to the annual presence of the world’s best golfers in Riviera Maya for our PGA TOUR event, GPT young people are afforded the chance to meet and learn from famous professionals as well as play an integral role in the successful implementation of the event and gain experience with an event of the world’s premier golf tour.
- Champion’s Clinic with Matt Kuchar
- Inside-the-ropes volunteer opportunities as standard bearers
- Meet-and-Greets with PGA TOUR pros, including Mexico’s own Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer
- Pro-Am Caddie Experience
- “Playing Lessons with the Pros” during practice rounds
- Autographs and selfie sessions
- Up-close-and-personal access to watch the pros practice and prepare
- Photo with the new champion