Situated at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula and home to Mexico’s most top-shelf golf offerings, Los Cabos has established itself as a coveted, world-class golf getaway over the past two decades; and now with the announcement of three new courses on the horizon it continues its rise above the rest.
Boasting nearly a dozen courses designed by the game’s leading architects, Los Cabos commands a unique ocean-mountain-desert ecosystem found nowhere else in the hemisphere. This unusual combination of environments has sparked the imagination of developers – and resulted in the creation of the ‘Next Great Place’ for international golf travelers.
Home to four of the top five courses in Mexico according to Golf Digest’s current ‘Planet Golf’ rankings, Los Cabos plans to raise the stakes in 2014, when the two best-known figures in the sport, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, will unveil new creations at Diamante and Quivira, respectively.
Eduardo Segura, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, said: “We could not be happier to welcome these three courses – designed by some of the best in the industry – to our destination.”
“Already home to some of the best golf offerings in the world, the addition of these courses will truly raise the bar of excellence and take the Los Cabos’ golf scene to the next level” – Eduardo Segura, MD of the Los Cabos Tourism Board
Closer at hand, Chileno Bay, a long-awaited resort development fronting one of the most desirable beaches in Los Cabos, will debut its dazzling Tom Fazio-designed course on December 31 this year. Routed in desert foothills high above the Sea of Cortes, each hole on this beautiful newcomer has graceful, flowing landforms intended to simulate rolling ocean waves. Framed by sculpted bunkers, broad arroyos and feathery ‘champagne grass’, Chileno Bay builds to a climax at the long par-4 18th, which tumbles downhill to a sprawling green back dropped by the sea.
Diamante, a timeshare development built on massive sand dunes above the Pacific Ocean a few miles north of Cabo San Lucas, simulates the sensation of playing a treeless, windswept, Scottish-style links. As an added attraction, golfers can view whales breaching close to shore during the winter months. Diamante’s top-rated Dunes Course, designed by Davis Love III, offers tee times to prospective property buyers. Love and his design team recently returned to Diamante to replace the inland 12th and 13th holes with a new pair of holes routed in enormous dunes nearer the sea. These holes will debut in mid-2014. Later next year the Dunes Course will be joined by El Cardonal, an inland layout with an ‘Old California’ design motif that will mark the architectural debut of superstar Tiger Woods.
Adjacent to Diamante at the Pueblo Bonito development is Quivira, a breathtaking layout by Jack Nicklaus that starts at sea level near the pounding surf before climbing to higher ground, where the panoramic views and topographical diversity are unsurpassed. “Our team is working with the canvas mother nature has provided to create one of the most spectacular courses in the world,” Nicklaus said of his sixth and perhaps final course in Los Cabos.
Marked by windswept dunes, steep cliffs and raw desert, Quivira has the potential to redefine the Cabo golf experience and is expected to rank among Nicklaus’s most memorable creations. The $40 million golf development at Quivira is tentatively scheduled to open summer 2014.
With its consistently sunny weather, low humidity and cooling sea breezes, the climate in Cabo is perfect for golf. The corridor’s scalloped coastline, washed by the Sea of Cortes, is home to more multi-starred, ‘gran turismo’ hotels than any other destination in Mexico. In addition, the plethora of activities favored by golfers and non-golfers alike includes fishing (deep-sea and in-shore), surfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, whale watching cruises, desert jeep tours, exceptional shopping, eclectic dining, and dawn-to-dusk nightlife.