Golfing in Los Cabos
Lush and manicured, the courses range from 9 to 27 holes and represent some of the finest courses ever designed by the top bold-faced names in golf history—Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Robert Trent Jones II, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. Public and Private Courses in Los Cabos are continually rated among the premier courses anywhere. Unparalleled views of the desert and ocean, the whales jumping from the Sea are striking details that make a round even more satisfying here. With so many exceptional courses, it’s nearly impossible to play them all in a single visit. And that challenge is what makes golfers return often to Los Cabos. Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course Holes: 18, par 72 Yards: 7,103 Design: Jack Nicklaus Signature The course offers several holes with difficult to judge carries over arroyos, which is typical of desert golf. But it also offers five holes with exceptional exposure to the Sea of Cortez and the excitement of spying a whale breaching during the height of the season, which is not typical of desert golf. Holes 5 and 17 are ranked among the top 500 holes in the world. Jack Nicklaus describes the three finishing holes as “the best three finishing holes along the ocean in the world.” Cabo Del Sol Desert Course Holes: 18, par 72 Yards: 7,100 Design: Tom Weiskopf This inland layout has 180-degree views of the Sea of Cortez from almost every hole; Tom Weiskopf calls it one of the most scenic courses he has designed. In addition to great golf, the Cabo San Lucas Country Club features panoramic views, including a spectacular view of Los Cabos’ Land’s End Arch. Varying in length from 4,810 to 7,097 yards with five sets of tees, this course takes advantage of natural river washes, changes in elevations and dramatic bunkering. It offers challenges for every level of golfer with meandering water courses, changes in elevation and arroyo carries enhancing the game. The large clubhouse offers a welcome respite for golfers after a challenging round. Cabo Real Golf Course Holes: 18, par 72 Yards: 7,037 Design: Robert Trent Jones II Robert Trent Jones II designed two nines that play so differently that you wonder if you are still on the same course. The front nine is long and tough, challenging the best golfer. The second nine is more strategic and can be played well by all levels. Magnificent yet intimate beachside communities such as Las Mananitas in San Jose del Cabo blend in beautifully with the coastline. It opened in 1994 and has three beautiful oceanfront holes. Cabo San Lucas Country Club - Los Cabos Golf Resort Holes: 18 Design: Dye Corporation While the view is spectacular from every golf course in Los Cabos, this is the only club with a view of Land’s End, that great stone arch that appears in every story about Los Cabos. While the course is playable for beginners through professionals, it is especially course-friendly for beginners and intermediate golfers. Club Campestre San Jose Golf Course Holes: 18, par 71 Yards: 2,900 Design: Jack Nicklaus The newest golf course to open in Los Cabos, Club Campestre, is centrally located in San Jose del Cabo. Offering panoramic views of the San Jose bay and the mountains, this 18-hole par 71 Nicklaus- designed course boasts dramatic elevation changes and large greens. Club Campestre’s USGA course rating is 74.3, while the slope is 139. According to head professional Fernando Ortiz, “This is a demanding course that promises to get better with age.” Club Campestre Golf Course is currently open to the public and community members. But don’t wait too long to experience this course, for it will become a private facility in about three years. Palmilla Golf Club Holes: 27, par 72 Yards: over 7,000 Design: Jack Nicklaus Signature The 27 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus offer varying degrees of challenge. These three nines offer a great selection of golf holes and plenty of challenge for all levels of play. Palmilla Ocean: The Ocean nine has one hole along the ocean and several with difficult-to-judge carries over arroyos. It offers the prettiest hole in Lob Cabos, the par three fourth, with multi-colored bougainvillea surrounding the green and tee areas. Palmilla Desert: The Arroyo nine is the shortest and most strategic. An excellent golfer can try to drive two of the par fours and can hit a second shot to the greens of the par fives. The Mountain nine is the toughest with the signature fifth hole that requires two arroyo carries with changes in elevation each time. This is one of the best holes in golf. Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club Holes: 36, par 72 Yards: 7,465 Design: Greg Norman Signature Course, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course Until these two courses are completed, the public is invited to play the first nine holes of each course of this world-class beach and desert golf course combination. Once the full 27 holes are completed, the Norman course will be private. Players on these courses are raving about the differences between the two. "They are as different as night and day," is often heard. The courses are becoming famous for their undisciplined nature, which keeps golfers at their best game. “The views are marvelous,” exclaimed and avid Los Cabos golfer, adding that "all the courses in Cabo offer something different but the links at Puerto Los Cabos are so overwhelming that it is worth playing just to experience its environment." Punta Sur Golf Course Los Cabos Holes: 9, par 35 Yards: 2,900 Design: Mario Schjetnan/Joe Finger The Punta Sur Golf Course is a 9-hole par 35 course with its own club house, pool, tennis court and restaurant. It was designed by M. Shedjnan and built by FONATUR, the National Foundation for Tourism in Mexico. The stunning entrance to the course and the panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez and the headland that includes San Jose del Cabo, are the perfect welcome for visitors. On the first hole you'll find a large lake at the bottom left of the green and a lateral sand trap at the back, challenging the game of all players. The ninth is a good finishing hole with a wide sloping fairway with sand traps to the top, right and bottom of the green. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club (private course) Holes: 18, par 72 Yards: 7,322 Design: Jack Nicklaus Signature This spectacularly designed Jack Nicklaus Signature course has changed from a public to private course. Two of the six holes along the ocean are right on the beach. A rugged course that goes from the beach through the mountains, it has about 90 bunkers, and the course is rather tricky. Accuracy is the key not only to a successful game but also to having a ball left to finish the game. Six holes are close to the Sea of Cortez and the final 12 are desert holes. In addition, four lakes dot the fairways. Querencia Golf Course (private course) Holes: 18, par 72 Yards: 7,070 Design: Tom Fazio This 18-hole golf course is the centerpiece of the Querencia development. Players are challenged to the extreme on the cliff-top, 320-acre masterpiece that offers a 12-acre practice facility with 11 target greens, putting green and also has a 9-hole short course plus a practice facility and a 26,000-square-foot clubhouse. It sits on 840-acres on the other side of the highway from the Sea of Cortez. The course is sadistically challenging with elevation changes, rolling fairways and sculpted bunkers. While the course incorporates the rugged desert, palms and garden areas surround the 18 holes giving the illusion of suddenly coming upon an oasis in the desert.
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