Bahia at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 17
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Bahia at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 17
The par-4 17th hole on Bahia at the Punta Mita Golf Club sweeps along the shore of the Pacific. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Litibu Golf Club - hole 18
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Litibu Golf Club - hole 18
The Litibu Golf Club in Nayarit, Mexico finishes in grand fashion with a par 5 that rolls to the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Palmilla Golf Club - Ocean nine - 4th
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Palmilla Golf Club - Ocean nine - 4th
The par-3 fourth on the Ocean nine at Palmilla Golf Club in Baja California Sur plays downhill to a green cut from the desert. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean golf course at Cabo del Sol
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Ocean golf course at Cabo del Sol
Seaside views are the hallmark of the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Moon Palace resort - Dunes golf course - 4th
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Moon Palace resort - Dunes golf course - 4th
The approach shot must carry water to reach the fourth green on the Dunes nine at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 9
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Pacifico at Punta Mita Golf Club - hole 9
The 522-yard ninth is the third par 5 on the front nine of Pacifico at the Punta Mita Golf Club in Nayarit, Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Puerto Los Cabos golf course
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Puerto Los Cabos golf course
The views at the Puerto Los Cabos golf course in Baja California Sur, Mexico can be spectacular. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
El Camaleon Golf Club - hole 13
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El Camaleon Golf Club - hole 13
Once players reach the 13th green at the El Camaleon Golf Club, the views of the beach and Caribbean Sea are revealed. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cabo Real Golf Club - hole 12
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Cabo Real Golf Club - hole 12
The 12th hole at Cabo Real Golf Club overlooks the Hilton hotel and the Sea of Cortez. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club - hole 9
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Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club - hole 9
A replica of a Mayan palace sits in the background of the ninth green at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club south of Cancun. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Playa Mujeres Golf Club - hole 15
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Playa Mujeres Golf Club - hole 15
The dramatic par-3 15th hole at the Playa Mujeres Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico plays to a table-top green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 9th
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 9th
It takes guts to fire at the pin tucked in the corner of the green at the par-5 ninth hole at the El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Nayar golf course - caddie
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Nayar golf course - caddie
Caddies are available on the Nayar golf course in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Flamingos Golf - hole 13
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Flamingos Golf - hole 13
Six bunkers ring the beautiful, par-3 13th green at Flamingos Golf in Nayarit, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Estrella Del Mar - aerial
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Estrella Del Mar - aerial
In Mazatlan, Mexico, Estrella Del Mar features resort and condo accommodations as well as a Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course. Courtesy of Estrella Del Mar
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Picturesque: A photogenic tour of the best public and resort golf courses in Mexico

Some people think of Mexico as a third-world country with major crime and safety issues. Golfers should think of Mexico as one of the premier destinations for oceanside/seaside golf in the world.

Los Cabos, Punta Mita and Cancun/Riviera Maya all feature scenic shoreline moments. I've made seven golf trips to Mexico the past seven years, playing 20 golf courses from coast to coast. Snapping good photos seems easy with such beautiful backdrops where the jungle, mountains and the desert contrast so well with the beach, the water and sunny skies.

My @WorldGolfer Twitter backdrop is a stunning image of the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. Enjoy the rest of these shots from my favorite public/resort golf courses in Mexico.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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