Los Cabos has become one of the world’s greatest golfing destinations, with a superb collection of courses that boast stunning seaside views, as well as challenging layouts from legends like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. The following five are a few of the area’s best and most beloved loops.
1. Cabo Del Sol – “This was my chance to design a Pebble Beach,” said Jack Nicklaus when asked about his design of Cabo Del Sol’s Ocean Course, which opened in 1994. “The best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen.” The comparisons with Pebble Beach are valid. This stunning world-class course features seven holes that border the Sea of Cortez, and is currently ranked as one of the 100 best courses in the world by Golf Magazine. The 7,091 yard layout features a magnificent mix of dramatic elevation changes, tough bunkers, challenging greens, and spectacular views. The Tom Weiskopf designed Desert Course is sometimes overshadowed by its famous neighbor, but is excellent in its own right, and has been ranked as the sixth best course in Mexico by Golf Digest.
Image: Cabo Del Sol.
2. Cabo Real – Like Cabo Del Sol’s Ocean Course, Cabo Real opened in 1994 to rave reviews from the international golfing community. Twice chosen to host PGA Senior Grand Slam events, this 7,037 yard design from Robert Trent Jones II fuses sublime natural beauty – the verdant greens of palm trees and cactus offset against the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez – with some charming back-nine eccentricities: pool-deck bikini views, a forced beach carry, and whales occasionally breaching while you’re trying to putt. This is certainly one of Mexico’s most memorable, not to mention challenging, courses.
3. Puerto Los Cabos – What do you get when you combine golfing legends like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman? The answer is Puerto Los Cabos, with the front-nine Mission Course designed by Norman, and the back-nine Ocean Course laid out by Nicklaus. It is expected that the individual designs will eventually be expanded to 18 holes each, but for now, at least, visiting golfers have the chance to sample the contrasting philosophies of two all-time greats in one great round.
4. Cabo San Lucas Country Club – This stately old course features a lengthy 7,220 yard design from Roy Dye, with graceful fairways bordered by bougainvillea, cardon cacti, and palo blanco trees. But despite the colorful trimmings, and the beautiful desert and mountain vistas, the most breathtaking views are those of El Arco and The Sea of Cortez.
5. Club Campestre – Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, Club Campestre is a relative newcomer to the Los Cabos golfing scene, but has quickly become a popular play due to the stellar sea and desert views, as well as the challenging nature of the layout. Like other Nicklaus designed courses in the area, it features plenty of nerve-wracking greens, as well as numerous elevation changes and uneven stances.