Cabo San Lucas – Birdies, Marlins and Eagles Oh My
Cabo San Lucas was once a sleepy fishing village at the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula. This amazing place, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, became the “hidden” playground for wealthy adventurers and now has grown to become one of the worlds finest all around resort destinations. World class fishing and partying have been joined by some of the finest golf courses you will ever see.
Cabo San Lucas is actually two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. They are separated by a short drive and the area between them, “The Corridor”, is where the majority of the newest world class resorts, spas and golf courses can be found. The closest comparison I can make is to the high desert areas of north Scottsdale, Arizona. Imagine taking the rolling cactus strewn desert mountains of Arizona and shoving them up against the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. It forms and unbeatable combination found few places in the world.
The corridor area golf courses are many and varied. At the One & Only Palmilla Resort Jack Nicklaus has crafted 27 holes made up of three very different nines. The Mountain, the Arroyo and the Ocean make up a true test of golf each with a different personality.
The Cabo del Sol resort community features a Tom Weiskopf layout and a Jack Nicklaus course as well. The Weiskopf course, called the Desert Course, offers amazing ocean views from nearly hole. Its varied terrain includes arroyos, desert and mountains. The Ocean Course, a Nicklaus masterpiece, had been called the Pebble Beach of Mexico with seven holes fronting the ocean. This is a “don’t miss” course if there ever was one.
El Dorado is another Nicklaus layout along the corridor and along with the Tom Fazio Querencia course make up two of the finest, yet private, layouts in the area.
Puerto Los Cabos will be the home to two more championship courses and a new Ritz Carlton property just outside the town of San Jose del Cabo. A Greg Norman Course will be private with a Nicklaus Signature course open to resort play. San Jose also offers a nice 9 hole municipal course for public play.
Just outside of the town of Cabo San Lucas lies the Cabo San Lucas Country Club. The Pete Dye designed track is just another shining example of the world class golf available in this exciting mountain meets ocean mecca.
While the golf and fishing are world class so are the myriad of top rated resorts. A seemingly endless array of communities and properties abound including the Westin, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Hilton Los Cabos and Fiesta Americana as well as those mentioned earlier. These are just the tip of the iceberg in a place where sand, sun, mountains, fishing and golf come together like few places on earth.