by Blake Harrignton
Sure, Golf is a four letter word and we’ve all heard the other four letter words that go along with the game. But, you know what else is a four letter word? Cabo!
Los Cabos is quickly becoming a destination for the dedicated golfer. As a mid-handicapper myself, as a player continues to get better and better through the good and bad of the game, the game also has its way of rewarding the player with its landscapes, experiences, and comradery. Cabo has it all!
So what is the ULTIMATE GOLF TRIP to Cabo? I’ve outlined some of my thoughts here in an effort to help you and your friends enjoy the best possible experience when it comes to beautiful Baja and its golf courses.
DIAMANTE – EL CARDONAL & DUNES COURSE
When the most dominant golfer the world has ever seen designs and opens his first golf course, people take notice. All the buzz is about Tiger Wood’s “El Cardonal” at Diamante, on the pacific side of Cabo San Lucas. A stunning masterpiece with rolling fairways and challenging greens, El Cardonal can test any golfer. Bring your short game as the golfer can experience undulated greens and encourages risk versus reward decision-making on each hole.
Diamante is also home to Davis Love III’s spectacular “Dunes Course”, currently ranking #38 in the top 100 courses in the world according to www.Golf.com. With links-style attributes, this challenging design reminds the golfer he’s only competing against himself. The course was designed with the wind in mind and rewards you when going with the wind and challenges you when going against it.
DANZANTE BAY AT THE ISLANDS OF LORETO
North of Cabo is Baja’s newest gem and it might just outshine the rest. Just opened in 2016, Rees Jones’ the architect and designer of Danzante Bay calls the elevated, island-like 17th hole par 3 “I have no doubt that number 17 will be one of the best holes in the world”. The course winds you through stunning vistas of the Sea of Cortez, dubbed by Jacques Cousteau as the “Aquarium of the World” as well as the beautiful mountain range of the Sierra’s. A stunner to say the least and a must-do for the avid golfer.
Welcome to the private side of Cabo. Owned and operated by Discovery Land Corporation, El Dorado is where the rich and famous play. If you are lucky enough to be invited by a member, you are in for a treat. Not only is the golf course always in great shape with oceanfront holes, El Dorado puts an emphasis on “The Experience” for the members and guests of members. Fun around every turn and the staff is always there to help with anything…from tacos to tequila, you’ll be pampered from the second you enter the prestigious gates of El Dorado.
PUERTO LOS CABOS
This 18 hole composite course made up of 9 Greg Norman designed and 9 Jack Nicklaus designed holes is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. With both challenging and forgiving holes, the average golfer can get around the course comfortably and enjoy the numerous oceanfront holes and elevated vistas. Not to mention, comfort stations with food and booze every 4-5 holes make the experience fun for all levels of players and all types of groups.
Did you know?– Cabo will benefit from 2 new Courses Coming Soon, Rancho San Lucas by Greg Norman & Fred Couples at Maravilla (Montage). Stay tuned for more information on each course, respectively. *