May 31, 2017 7:01 pm

The Islands of Loreto Fishing and Golf Tournament Returns This July, with up to $10,000 in Prizes Anglers looking to catch their next big adventure and golf enthusiasts looking to better their par can do so in paradise during the second annual Islands of Loreto Fishing and Golf Tournament hosted by Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, from July 27 to 29. World-class sport fishing for Marlin in the “Aquarium of the World” and a round of golf at Danzante Bay Golf Course’s famed Hole 17 are in store, combining competition on both land and sea. “With nearly a thousand of species of fish in our ‘backyard’ and calm nationally protected waters, it’s no surprise that sport fishing in the Sea of Cortez is the best of the best,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. “Combine that with a golf course designed by famous architect Rees Jones that brings together mountain, desert and ocean views, and you have the perfect elements for an exciting weekend of sports.” The nearly 800-square-mile Loreto National Marine Park is a protected World Heritage Site that is home nearly 1,000 species of fish, including Swordfish, Roosterfish, Grouper, Cabrera, Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and many more, making for the ultimate fishing “bucket list.” This year, guests of all fishing levels will have the chance to reel in the tournament’s prized Marlin, which is considered by many game fishermen to be a pinnacle of sport fishing, due to the size, power, and rareness of the species. Anglers who hook Marlin weighing over 200 pounds have the best shot at luring in the ultimate prize. To kick things off, participants can share cocktails with Bisbee’s fishing tournament expert Clicerio Mercado and resident Dazante Bay Golf Pro Danny Garcia at the resort’s welcome reception on Thursday, July 27, where guests can register for the tournament and go over rules of the competition. After a shotgun start, on Friday anglers can take in the pristine beauty of more than 100 miles of coastline as they lure in Marlin to compete for up to $10,000 USD in cash prizes, including two jackpots. The action-packed weekend will wrap up on Saturday with a second day of fishing and a weigh-in at Puerto Escondido, followed by an awards celebration dinner at the resort’s Danzante Bay Golf Course Club House, which boasts stunning panoramic views of the course, resort and indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez. Prior to the fishing festivities, contestants will have an opportunity to play a round of “scramble” golf at the 7,107-yard, par-72 Danzante Bay Golf Course that features an unusual topographic blend of desert, mountain and dunes, with a 250-foot elevation change from start to finish. The course pays homage to how golf originated – at the place where the land meets the sea. Participants will have a chance to tee-off from the jaw-dropping Hole 17, which has been praised as one of the “best in the golf.” Call 877-217-2682 to make a reservation for this special event, or e-mail carlos.velasco@vgloreto.com. Additional details are available at www.tournament.danzantebay.com and www.villadelpalmarloreto.com. ]]>