The European Challenge Tour's first excursion into Latin America concludes this week with the American Express Los Encinos Open in Mexico, the last of three events jointly sanctioned with the Tour de las Americas. The event starts on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday.
The Los Encinos Golf Club is situated in Toluca's Lerma Valley, some 45 kilometers west of Mexico City. Opened in 1990, Los Encinos is a panoramic delight where the majestic Nevado de Toluca volcano provides an exotic texture to the scenery.
At 2,700 metres above sea-level one of the features of this 7,100 yard, par 72 tight parkland layout is simply how far the ball travels through the thin air. The five par fives, although two are close on 600 yards and one of 659, are all reachable by most of the field.
Mexico has, of course, hosted top level professional golf in the past, most recently with the World Golf Championships - The World Cup in December 2002, further emphasising the country's rise to prominence as a golfing destination.
Former European Tour winner Andrew Sherborne heads the European challenge as he seeks to regain his playing privileges on The European Tour.
Didier de Vooght of Belgium and Wolfgang Huget of Germany, both winners on the 2002 European Challenge Tour schedule are also in the starting line-up.