Reviews Are In for the First Annual Golf Kitchen Punta Mita – And They Are Fabulous!

Golf Kitchen Punta Mita featured specialty guest chefs from some of the most prestigious international golf clubs and resorts as well as a two-day golf tournament on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses Bahia and Pacifico, recently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 World’s Greatest Courses.”

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Punta Mita, Mexico, 2018-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — From April 26th to 29th, masterplan Punta Mita developer DINE, in collaboration with Golf Kitchen Magazine, hosted the first edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, a four-day special event that created a unique experience combining the best of golf with top gastronomic experiences.

“We were thrilled to collaborate with the highly-respected Golf Kitchen Magazine’s Diana DeLucia in creating the inaugural Golf Kitchen Punta Mita Gastronomic Extravaganza,” said Carl Emberson, Director of Marketing and Operations at Punta Mita. “This extraordinary event is in a class of its own in showcasing the very best cuisine the Golf Club industry offers.”

Pato Pérsico, Punta Mita’s own Executive Chef, welcomed guest chefs from some of the most prestigious Golf Clubs and Resorts in Mexico, Uruguay and the USA who shared their culinary skills at the unique event. They included:

  • Doug Blair, Executive Chef and José Carlos Fábregas, Sous Chef of Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, South Carolina
  • Chrissie Bennet, Sous Chef of Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaronek, New York
  • Joseph Klages, Sous Chef of Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, New York
  • Damian Gilchrist, Executive Chef of Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Lalo Palazuelos, Chef of Club de Golf Bosque Real, Huixquilucan, Mexico
  • Gastón Yelicih, Chef of Cantegrill Country Club, Punte Del Este, Uruguay
  • Eva Millán, Master Chef of El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Club, Mayakoba, Mexico

On April 26th, the guest chefs represented their golf clubs at a friendly four–hole tournament to celebrate the correlation between these two industries and kick-off the first Golf Kitchen Punta Mita. Doug Blair, Executive Chef at Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, scored his way to victory. Afterwards, Pato Pérsico alongside Damian Gilchrist, Joseph Klages, Lalo Palazuelos and Chrissie Bennett, hosted an exquisite opening dinner at Punta Mita’s Residents Beach Club.

“Punta Mita was a fabulous host for our third Golf Kitchen event and the first at Punta Mita,”said Diana DeLucia, Editor in Chief of Golf Kitchen Magazine. “Carl Emberson had the brilliant idea to add a golf tournament which turned out to be as big a hit as the culinary delights. Many special thanks to all the Golf Kitchen Chefs who worked tirelessly to make this a special event.” 

The following day, the Bahia Golf Course was the perfect setting to begin the tournament, offering amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay and a wavy terrain to show off players’ putting skills. Later guests were able to choose between two dinners at two breathtaking locations:

  • Sufito, the new on-the-water restaurant at Sufi Ocean Clubwith Chef Gastón Yelichich, who created a delicious three-course Uruguayan menu.
  • The famous Carolina restaurant at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, with Executive Chef Jesús Durón, joined by Doug Blair, created a South-Carolina-meets-Mexico fusion menu.

The second and last day of the tournament, participants played at the Pacifico Golf Course, best known for its famous island green, “The Tale of the Whale,” the world’s only natural ocean island green. Congratulationsto: First Place, Dermott and Martina O’Flanagan; Second Place, Juan Carlos and David Rosales; and Third Place, Fernando José Arrangoiz and Eduardo Palazuelos. The tournament ended with lunch at the 18thhole, offered by talented Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita chefs Esther Sánchez and Héctor Leyva with guest chefs Eva Millán and Chrissie Bennett.

The closing gala was celebrated at the Kupuri Beach Club, with an innovative concept in which Pato Pérsico, Lalo Palazuelos and Gastón Yelicich, born in Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay respectively, created a gastronomic tour of their countries with traditional dishes to transport diners to a whole new flavor dimension.

To wrap up the first edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, Sunday Brunch took place at the unique Kupuri Beach Club, overlooking the gorgeous white sand beach. Well-known chefs Doug Blair, Damian Gilchrist and Joseph Klages offered the perfect mix between sweet and savory to conclude this exceptional event.

An enormous thank you to our sponsors Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, Las Marietas Punta Mita and Pambuck for the unforgettable culinary and sporting experience.

Golf Kitchen Punta Mita is the latest addition to Punta Mita’s offerings. This ultra-luxurious destination at Riviera Nayarit proves its expertise in hosting events that create unique experiences in a majestic setting with spectacular views of the Mexican Pacific.  We look forward to welcoming you soon. 

About Punta Mita

Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas and residences, two 5-Diamond rated Resorts (The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita), a Tennis Center, four unique Resident’s Beach Clubs, and two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses. Pacifico Golf Course is best known for its famous island green, “The Tale of the Whale”, the world’s only natural ocean island green. The Bahia Golf Course in Punta Mita offers more slopes around the greens and heavy contours to create more movement on the fairways and greens.

DINE, Mexico’s premier real estate development company, is the owner and developer of Punta Mita. DINE’s real estate portfolio includes commercial, residential and master planned communities throughout Mexico. DINE was founded in 1978 to serve the specific needs of the most affluent sectors in Mexico, establishing unprecedented design quality in residential, commercial, leisure and corporate real estate development. 


Mexico: Emma Perez, Punta Mita                              or 329-291-6620

US and Canada: Karen Argow, The Argow Agency or 415-602-7836