Several excellent golf courses populate the Los Cabos coast at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. All have unparalleled views of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding mountains. It’s truly a vacation paradise with warm water, white-sand beaches, energizing ocean breezes and magnificent, relatively new golf. The area’s courses offer stunning desert terrain, holes adjacent to the ocean, and lush green fairways. Some of golf’s finest architects have laid out groundwork here.
In fact, Jack Nicklaus and his design firm created five courses and 99 holes of golf in the region, in a 13-year span. That alone helped Cabo evolve from a sleepy fishing town into a golf vacation wonderland.
Palmilla Golf Club
Nicklaus’ first work in Cabo was Palmilla Golf Club, which opened in 1993. The 27-hole course in San Jose del Cabo has been rated among the 100 greatest golf resorts in the world. It features everything from towering cacti and deep arroyos to breathtaking views of the sea. This upscale layout is divided into the Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines. Four lakes and extreme elevation shifts make it a memorable experience.
Club Campestre is another Nicklaus masterpiece that opened in 2007. Positioned between rolling mountains and the sea, every hole on the course spotlights panoramic vistas. Large elevation changes and undulating greens make it a fantastic golf challenge that’s enjoyable for all skill levels. The trademark 7th hole boasts a peninsula green.
Meanwhile, Cabo Real is part of a 3,000-acre resort with major name hotels scattered along its 3.2 miles of pristine beach property. The Robert Trent Jones II-designed course has hosted a pair of PGA Senior Slams since opening in the mid-1990s. The striking course is known for being well-kept all throughout, as it meanders between the desert and water. The front nine is reputed to be Cabo’s toughest.
Cabo del Sol
At Cabo del Sol, the Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course stretches for more than a mile along a coastline of craggy rock outcroppings and sun-drenched shores. Nicklaus, himself, claims the course, which opened in 1994, boasts the three finest finishing holes in all of golf. Its sister layout, the Tom Weiskopf-sculpted Desert Course, offers ocean views from every hole while bringing into play natural desert-like surroundings. The course is ranked No. 2 in all of Mexico & Central America by Golf Digest.
Use this list to inspire your next Cabo San Lucas golf experience, and don’t forget that your Destination Concierge can help you find a tee time.