domingo, abril 21, 2024

Golfing in Los Cabos

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It is abundantly clear that the success of the WWT Championship at Diamante Cardonal solidifies Los Cabos as the most important and exciting golf destination in Mexico, period. The recent showcase of the sport in town will without a doubt encourage golfers from around the world to come and have a taste of the most challenging and beautiful courses in Mexico, in the southern Baja region.

Los Cabos now offers a diverse array of options, ranging from public and resort public to semi-private and private courses. It has become a benchmark for playing award-winning designs by prolific architects such as Jack Nicklaus’ Quivira, Cabo del Sol Cove Club, Puerto Los Cabos II, Campestre San Jose, Palmilla, El Dorado, to Tom Fazio’s Querencia, Tiger Woods’ Diamante Cardonal, Davis Love’s Diamante Dunes, Greg Norman’s Solmar Golf Links, Puerto Los Cabos I, Fred Couples’ Twin Dolphin, Robert Trent Jones’ Cabo Real, Tom Weiskopf’s Cabo del Sol Desert, among a few others.

Each course possesses its very own personality, catering to experienced scratch golfers as well as average amateurs and casual players of all levels. Most courses offer five different tee boxes to make them enjoyable and challenging, regardless of your handicap.

For your next visit, let’s provide you with some tips, starting with some of the Nicklaus-designed courses, given the rich history and evolution of golf over the last three decades. Courses designed in the early 90s, like Palmilla, offer three 9-hole courses in three distinct Baja scenarios. The Ocean Course provides breathtaking views descending to the sea, featuring a challenging, long, usually wind-influenced, par-four 3rd hole with a green right next to the beach. The Arroyo Course is set amidst sand creeks formed by the desert over centuries, with most holes surrounded by extensive sand areas, testing your sand skills if your shots are not straight. And finally, The Mountain Course showcases stunning desert-mountain landscapes with dynamic fairways and occasional water hazards, accompanied by birdwatching and occasional deer crossings.

Fast forward 20+ years, and we arrive at another Nicklaus gem, Quivira Golf Club,  which features one of the most impressive sightseeing golfing experiences. This delightful journey by the ocean features spectacular holes reminiscent of the world’s most beautiful links. Despite some holes appearing short and wide, the ever-present wind adds complexity, so be ready to get out all the shots you have in your bag.

The iconic dogleg-left, signature par-four 5th hole ascends and descends a cliff, providing the bold with an opportunity to reach the green in one. Noteworthy are the par-3s at the 6th and 14th holes, where you must hit the greens carved into the hills by the sea. The stunning finishing hole, 18th, guides you through the dunes, leaving you hopeful for another round once you’ve mastered the course.

So, whether you’re a seasoned pro seeking a new conquest or a casual golfer eager for a memorable round, Los Cabos stands ready to exceed your expectations. The next chapter of our golfing adventure awaits, promising even more breathtaking holes, iconic challenges, and the timeless beauty that defines golf in this remarkable destination. To be continued…

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