by Thomas Hawk
You have to hand it to the Cabo del Sol Golf Courses in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for two of the most brilliant and dramatic golf courses in the world – the Ocean and Desert Golf Courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf respectively. They’ve gone and taken golf to another dimension, where sun, surf, and golf have come together under the heavens to create the most vivid and memorable play.
Golf Magazine is right on the money by listing the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course as the #1 golf course in Mexico and a spot on its “Top 100 Courses in the World”. You will be absolutely dazzled with marvelous views of the Sea of Cortez, but only after starting away from the water on the desert plateau. Your patience of playing in the desert will be greatly rewarded once you get the sixth hole as the course earns it’s ‘Ocean Course’ name. Keep in mind, this is no easy course with a par-72 and 137-slope and the impeccable course is exceptional.
The Cabo del Sol Ocean Course features typical Nicklaus challenges with sand, strategy, and lengthy challenges. Check this quote out from the greatest golfer of all time (and one of the most accomplished architects), Jack Nicklaus: “(The Ocean Course has) the three finest finishing holes in golf”. Wow.
The 11th hole is a 328 yard par-4 doozy. Risk the shot over the desert area on the left and you’ll have a short shot to the green. If you miss it, say hello to the sand. The 12th is a par-5, 473 yard hole with an elevated and well-bunkered green. The finishing stretch starts with the 16th, a 342 yard par-4 playing downhill towards the jagged shoreline. The gem of the finishing holes is the picturesque 17th, a 178 yard par-3 playing parallel to the Sea of Cortez. The beautiful track finishes with the stunning 18th, a par-4 that hugs the Sea of Cortez all the way to your last putt on the sloping green.
The Desert Course (ranked #5 in Mexico by Golf Digest), is another par-72, is 7,053 yards idyllically set between the mountains, desert, and the ocean. You’ll experience spacious greens, wide fairways, traditional type bunkering, and astonishing views. Since opening in 2002, Tom Weiskopf has impressed golfers with his clever design of incorporating ocean views from just about every hole, with five sets of tees to make any golfer at ease.
Services abound at the Cabo San Lucas Golf Resort. Before or after a round enjoy the 40,000 square foot Clubhouse offering a full service snack bar, indoor/outdoor fine dining, and separate men and women’s lounges. There are private meeting and event rooms available for groups and a fine golf shop with the latest in golf wear, equipment, and accessories. If you’re in need of a golf lesson, the excellent professional staff at Cabo del Sol can sharpen your game while on vacation.
Do check ahead for course maintenance schedules during the summer. One course will always remain open but Cabo del Sol typicaly shuts down one of the courses for extended maintainance during the summer.
For superb accommodations while golfing, a solid choice is the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa. You’ll enjoy great views of the Sea of Cortez from your balconied room. All rooms include wireless internet access, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker, and in-room safes. For excellent dining, there’s a variety of restaurants including Rosato, with terrace seating overlooking the beach, a wine bar, and live piano music.
When the golf courses aren’t keeping you busy, there’s a plethora of activities available including a full service spa, including the chance to recharge at the beach-side massage huts. Since whales come to winter in Cabo, treat yourself to a whale watching tour. There’s scuba diving, parasailing (quite fun if you’re not afraid of heights), and fishing nearby to complement your beach stay (additional fees apply).
Another great hotel in the Cabo del Sol development is the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. Picture cobblestone walkways, winding paths, and a genuine Old Mexico feel. This hotel offers 5-star accommodation, four pools, five restaurants, 2 bars, and all 270 rooms offer balconies, and in-room Jacuzzis.
First-class condo accommodations are also available with shuttle service to and from the Cabo del Sol golf courses. There are three infinity-edge swimming pools and three 6-person spa tubs. The fitness center includes free weights and cardio machines. In these non-smoking condos and villas, you’ll have fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, and a DVD & CD player, all with a patio or balcony viewing the Sea of Cortez.
For the most enjoyable golf, excellent accommodations, exquisite beaches, make your trip soon to visit Cabo San Lucas and the enchanting Cabo Del Sol Golf Course. Viva la Mexico!
Trent Ricker is the Senior Editor at Golf Tours Online (http://www.golftoursonline.com), a golf travel website with golf course and golf resort reviews as well as golf travel discounts. Trent also writes for Golf Over 50 (http://www.golfover50.com), the online magazine for Baby Boomer Golfers featuring golf tips, articles, and travel info for golfers over 50. Trent is the co-author of Fairways to Heaven: The Journeyman’s Guide to American Golf, a book on the top public-access golf courses in the United States.