Play Los Cabos: One of North America’s Top Golf Destinations
Just over 30 years ago, golf was practically unheard of in Los Cabos. That all changed in 1987, when the 20-mile, sun-kissed stretch between the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo got its first golf course, the 9-hole Punta Sur, now known as the Course at Vidanta Los Cabos. While partially flat with modest views, it foreshadowed the future: a boom in Los Cabos golf resorts and the region’s emergence as a premier destination for golf, with more than a dozen championship courses and even more on the way.
Chileno Bay Club Golf Course: A Tom Fazio golf course with sea views from every hole
Conceived by world-renowned course designer Tom Fazio in late 2013, his private 18-hole championship course is only open to members and guests of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Nearly 7,300 yards of play take advantage of the stunning desert terrain, with native bunkers blending into undisturbed vegetation and contours. Wide-open vistas of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains certainly compete for attention with the dramatic sea views.
Cabo del Sol: The Pebble Beach of Baja
Jack Nicklaus has called his 18-hole Ocean Course here, opened in 1994, the “best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen” with “the finest three finishing holes in all of golf.” Plenty of others agree, earning Cabo del Sol its well-deserved nickname, the “Pebble Beach of Baja.”
Cabo San Lucas Country Club: A Roy Dye golf course with views all the way to Land’s End
Cabo San Lucas Country Club opened in 1994, with nine holes initially designed by famed golf-course architect Roy Dye, and finished by his son Matt. The expansive fairways are stunning, bordered by colorful bougainvillea, groves of magnificent Palo Blanco trees and giant cordon cacti. But what really sets it apart from other Cabo San Lucas golf courses is its sweeping Sea of Cortez views all the way to Land’s End and its iconic Arch. An added bonus: it’s the only course in Los Cabos to have a lighted driving range for playing at night.
Cabo Real: The Los Cabos golf course known for hosting the famous PGA Senior Grand Slam with whales breaching in the background
1994 also saw the unveiling of Cabo Real, an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, with extensive valleys that stretch into the surrounding Sierras, and holes nestled up to the Sea of Cortez coast. But if 1994 was a big year for Cabo San Lucas golf, 1996 was an even bigger year. That’s when Cabo Real hosted the PGA Senior Grand Slam. The televised sight of whales breaching just off the green catapulted Los Cabos into a bucket list golf destination.
Palmilla: The Golden Bear’s first golf course in Los Cabos
Punta Sur may have whetted the appetite for Cabo San Lucas golf. But it wasn’t until the arrival of Palmilla, Jack Nicklaus’s first course in Los Cabos in 1992, that the region made it onto the radar for serious golfers. The 27-hole layout consists of three nines: Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean. Each has its own distinctive appeal, but if there’s only time for one, aficionados say it’s Ocean Course, with its 600-foot elevation change from holes one to six, all with the Sea of Cortez as the phenomenal backdrop.