Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 12
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 12
The 219-yard par-3 12th at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort near Antigua, Guatemala is well protected by bunkers and a canyon on the right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 10
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 10
The uphill par-4 10th at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort near Antigua, Guatemala is where the real fun begins. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 14
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 14
Wildflowers set off the fairway on the par-4 14th at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort near Antigua, Guatemala. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 15
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 15
The tee shot on the 15th hole at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort near Antigua, Guatemala, is one of the most picturesque on the course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 16
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 16
The downhill par-5 16th at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort plays shorter than its yardage, which is nearly 700 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 18
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 18
A pair of bunkers to the left of the 18th green at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion can catch wayward approach shots. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 1
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 1
Pete Dye eases you into Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion with a downhill par-4 first hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 2
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 2
The 200-yard par-3 second at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort plays at least a club or two shorter than the yardage. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 3
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 3
The short par-4 third at Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort works around a lake. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 4
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 4
The green on the par-3 fourth at Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort can present some tricky pin placements. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 5
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 5
The long uphill par-4 fifth hole at Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort is the No. 1 handicap hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 8
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - hole 8
Getting it close is difficult on the downhill approach to the eighth hole at Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort in Guatemala. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - practice green
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion - practice green
The practice green at Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort is behind the clubhouse. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort in Guatemala
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort in Guatemala
A waterfall separates the 16th and 17th greens at Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort in Guatemala. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort near Antigua, Guatemala

ANTIGUA, Guatemala - Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort is the first design project for Pete Dye and son Perry in Central America, and it may be one of their most interesting, scenic and challenging.

Built on the side of the Fuego volcano, Fuego Maya (which means Mayan Fire in Spanish) features steep slopes with terrific scenery of the mountains and resort. On a clear day, the top of Fuego is visible from almost everywhere on the golf course.

This is the land of "eternal spring." Because the elevation of nearly 4,000 feet keeps it cool at night, the Dyes were able to install bentgrass greens and fairways and bluegrass rough.

The holes on this 7,300-yard par 72 meander up and down Fuego, providing an interesting array of blind tee shots and approaches as well as holes that are framed by water hazards and wildflowers.

By the time you get to the 10th, a dogleg right that plays around a canyon to an uphill green with a false front, you need to be hitting the ball solid and on target.

With several sets of tees, there are many different configurations, although none of them are easy. Even from the forward tees, you still have to be able to hit crisp approach shots.

The golf course ends with a terrific stretch: a par 5 that's almost 700 yards, a scenic par 3 with a waterfall to the right, and a downhill finishing hole in which you will almost surely have an uneven lie to a challenging approach.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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When the investors in La Reunion Resort were looking for someone to carve out a course on the side of the Fuego volcano, it was a short list. They wound up going with Pete Dye and son Perry, which pretty much meant the golf course here would not only be beautiful and imaginative, but fairly challenging as well. Perry Dye says he and his father are "very proud" of Fuego Maya Golf Course at La Reunion Resort and believe that it will be recognized as one of the great courses of the world.
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