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Gringo Classic Signup, U.S. Team

Note: Our membership database does not identify nationality, so I cannot send this to only American players. Canadians can simply disregard, with my apologies.

Signups for the Gringo Classic are showing the usual trend, with 17 Canadians and 9 Americans signed up to date, and we’d like to have equal numbers. We may have opportunities to recruit non-members from the States to come down and play, but I don’t want to do so until I know how many American members intend to sign up. So although you have until January 21st to sign up, I would encourage you to do so sooner than later. The later we wait to begin trying to recruit non-members to play, the harder it will be.

Signing up requires two actions. You need to sign up on the website calendar, just as you normally do for our league events, and you must pay in the golf shop ($1000 pesos for members, $3000 pesos for non-members). Please sign up on the calendar ASAP; you can pay any time prior to the event on February 16th.

As Alan Bayliss explained before, here are the steps necessary to sign up on the calendar:

  • Log in to as normal
  • Click Calendar
  • Above the calendar, click Leagues
  • Check the box next to “Gringo Classic 2022 – USA
  • Click “Save leagues in my calendar” at the bottom of the page
  • Click “My Calendar” on the top menu
  • Go forward to February, and you should see the event on February 16th
  • Click the box and save the month, just as you do for our weekly league events

Thanks for your help, and let me know if you have problems signing up.

Duane Bender

News Article About Hector

The publication El Capitalino published the following article after interviewing Hector during the recent PGA LatinoAmerica tournament at El Tigre. It’s a poor Google translation, but here is the link to the original article.

Héctor Rodríguez, 33 years of his life teaching golf

by Tesalia Alonso García | Oct 8, 2021


Since the age of 11, Héctor Rodríguez has been fond of golf, a sport that is not popular in our country, but that for some is a passion, from walking through its landscapes, to exercising trying to hit a small ball.

Héctor, an accountant by profession, decided to dedicate his life to teaching this discipline, he has been teaching classes to young people, children, adults and anyone who wants to know how golf is played for 33 years, on the El Tigre course, located on the Riviera Nayarit, where for a class it is charged at 870 pesos and lasts 50 minutes.

“The main steps, as number one is the way to wield the stick, number two is the posture, the position of your body, number three is the alignment of your body and start to form your swing, but basically it is the most important. By working with this you will start to hit the ball, you will be more consistent, as long as you take care of those details.”

From a young age, when he earned 12 dollars for being Caddie, carrying two heavy bags full of golf clubs, Héctor decided that this would be part of his life.

“We started since 1988, I love the truth, it’s my life, it’s my sports, this I live from and I love teaching. I’m an accountant, but my office is a golf course, my office is more relaxed, it’s what I like, and I love the truth.”

The love for this sport was born when he was invited to a course and from there he no longer let go of this passion: “It was something curious because I have an aunt that her husband worked as a starter on a golf course and because of the relationship with them, he invited me one day, I began to like it and from there I continued.”

Héctor, considers that practicing golf is healthy, it is not only a sport for old people or for you to relax: “the best thing that golf has left me is health, happiness, this is not bought with anything and many people have the idea that it is a game of old people who go after the ball, but already analyzing it, it is a very good exercise to work your whole body

But mentally it also has its benefits: “and it is very satisfying when you hit well you get excited and satisfied, but when you miss a shot you want to break the sticks, but you have to learn to control your emotions and that helps golf to control yourself, your emotions, your weaknesses, little by little it teaches you.”

St Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney

Bring your lucky Shamrock Golf Balls!!! St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament on Wednesday, March 17, at the Litibu Golf Club. Open to all golfers. We will strive to keep all players within their own golf bubble foursome. Please reply ASAP to register; contact Chris Rhodes ( or James White (

  • Green fee is $1,250.00, buy in is $250.00, for a total $1500.00 pesos, which includes cart, range balls and practice green.
  • 18 hole stroke event (foursomes). If you don’t have a foursome, enter as individual and we will fit you in
  • Registration will start at 9:30 am, shotgun start at 11:00 am
  • Maximum handicap for men is 18, maximum handicap for women is 20.
  • Cash Prizes will be paid out as follows:
    • Low net score front nine
    • Low net score back nine
    • Low net total score
    • Low gross score front nine
    • Low gross score back nine
    • Low gross total score
    • Closest to pin on all par threes
    • Skins
  • Food and drinks are available for purchase at club restaurant

Total cash prizes will depend on how many entries we receive. All prizes will be paid out that day after the tournament. This will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and test your game against a large field of players at all levels. Wear something Green!

New Scorecard, Ratings and Slopes, and Stroke Indices

The Mexican Golf Federation has rerated El Tigre, and new scorecards reflecting the changes are currently being printed. Hopefully they will arrive in the next week or so. You will notice that the slopes and ratings of all tees have increased, and that the stroke indices (aka “hole handicaps”) have changed significantly.

This website’s Handicap calculator has also been updated with the new slopes and ratings, so they will be used in calculating the “differentials” for scores you enter from now on.

Punta Mita Golf Passes

A friend of Rod Spence is helping the La Cruz Kids Club Education Program. They have a fundraiser and have a gift certificate donated to them for 2 rounds of golf at Punta Mita Golf Course. It is valid until December 6th 2020. The cost is $350 US. Contact Rod ( if you are interested.

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