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When it comes to playing Cabo golf courses, you have a lot of choices. Regardless of the course you choose, you’re sure to have stunning views and challenging play. Kelly Stilwell from Food, Fun & Faraway Places recently spent ten days in Cabo and was astonished at the beauty of this west coast resort city in Mexico.
Thinking about a Cabo golf getaway? There aren’t many courses in the world as beautiful as those you’ll find in this picturesque part of Mexico. Many people think of Cabo as a beach and nightlife destination. Though you can certainly find both in abundance, you’ll also find impressive golf courses, many of them considered to be world-class.
Complete Guide to Cabo Golf Courses
Regardless of which course you choose, you will want to try to schedule your tee times as far in advance as possible. You may be able to get on some courses at the last minute, but why risk it? Take the time to book online or call in advance.
Note: We’ve listed the 100% private courses at the end, though some courses you must either be with a member or staying on property in order to play. Some of these courses can be pricey, but many offer discounts if you’re staying on property or play during non-peak hours.
Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas
Ranked number 36 in the world by Golf Magazine in 2017, the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas is all about those Pacific Ocean views. This extraordinary course, designed by Davis Love III, boasts some of the most impressive sand dunes in the world. Playing the Dunes Course is an experience, from the views to the Diamante signature comfort stations featuring small plates and other refreshments.
El Cardonal Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas
The first golf course designed by Tiger Woods, El Cardonal Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas is meant to be enjoyed by almost every golfer. Tiger says, “I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices. Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf.”
As a beginner golfer, I appreciate when a course is designed for every player. This course will truly be enjoyed by golfers at every level. The complimentary food and drink on the driving ranges and comfort stations are an added bonus.
The Oasis Short Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas
The latest course to open at Diamante, the Oasis Short Course, also designed by Tiger Woods, is a 12-hole par 3 course featuring a practice green, palapa bar (comfort station), event lawn, and is surrounded by a mile-long hiking and jogging trail. Nestled among more than 400 palm trees, the course was meant for fun for everyone. The Oasis Short Course is a great golf course for beginners and even families, as well as a perfect practice course for the more experienced golfer.
Quivira Golf Club
Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, looks over the Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. With gorgeous steep granite cliffs and perfectly placed sand dunes, this is one of the most breathtaking courses in the world. There’s a reason Quivira Golf Club is listed in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Mexico and Central America. This is what Cabo golf is all about, with panoramic views from every hole.
Be prepared to lose at least a few balls, but golf is meant to be a challenge, right? You’ll also enjoy an extensive double-ended practice facility with the ocean as a backdrop and delicious complimentary snacks at the comfort stations. You must be a resident or guest of one of the Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Los Cabos in order to play Quivira Golf Club.
Cabo San Lucas Country Club
Where can you play a round of golf with the Land’s End arch as a backdrop? Cabo San Lucas Country Club is just minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, but a world apart. Designed by two generations of golf course architects, Roy Dye designed the first nine holes, and his son Matt completed the course. Perfect for players of all ability, this course will still challenge experienced golfers, with holes 12 and 14 both extending more than 500 yards.
Cabo del Sol Desert Course
Opened in 2001, Cabo del Sol Desert Course is another Cabo golf course listed in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Mexico and Central America. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the views of desert and ocean create an incredible golf experience. With deep bunkers and Pacific headwinds to challenge even the most experienced golfers, it’s a good idea to take a look at the hole descriptions beforehand.
Cabo del Sol Ocean Course
Another Jack Nicklaus designed course, Cabo del Sol Ocean boasts a landscape of desert, mountains, and the Sea of Cortés. Nicklaus said, “This is the best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen.” There’s a reason why this course is number 70 on the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses as well as listed in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Mexico and Central America. A challenging course, especially if you’re distracted by whales out in the ocean. Don’t miss the killer taco bar.
Twin Dolphin Golf Club
Designed by Fred Couples, one of the most accomplished golfers in the world, Twin Dolphin Golf Club is a work of art. In fact, Couples said, “Designing a course is like being an artist.” Twin Dolphin is his first course in Mexico, and it’s a remarkable property. Couples said playability was important is his design, and that he wanted all handicaps to be able to enjoy the course.
The refreshment stations are called the Red Doors, offering hot and cold foods in a relaxing environment. For those who want to stay and play, the course is part of a 1,400-acre master community, including a paintball area, perfect for families. Twin Dolphin Golf Club is open to residents of the community, but guests staying at the Montage Resort also have limited access.
Part of the Chileno Bay Golf & Beach Club, the Chileno Bay course has impressive views of both the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and the coastline. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course is challenging even for the experienced golfer. Fortunately, the wide fairways also make it playable for those less experienced. With the driving range facing the Sea of Cortéz, the views are spectacular, so it never hurts to hit a few extra practice balls. An unusual bonus, each golfer receives a solid ice shot glass and is offered a shot of tequila before they tee off. Hotel guests have access to the Chileno Bay Golf Course.
Cabo Real Golf Club
Views of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains frame the Cabo Real Golf Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Cabo Real has hosted several prestigious golf events, including two Senior Slams. With both seaside and mountain holes, the views are phenomenal from every location. The back nine is more challenging, so an extra sleeve of balls may be in order. The course is located next to the Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Resort.
Palmilla Golf Club
Recognized as the Grand Dame of Los Cabos Golf, Palmilla Golf Club is famous for its 27 holes of memorable golf. Listed in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Mexico and Central America, Palmilla was the first signature course in Latin America designed by Jack Nicklaus. Travel & Leisure named it the Best Course in Mexico, with views of the Sea of Cortéz from every hole. The third hole of the Mountain Course is said to be one of the greatest par fours of the world. Palmilla Golf Club is located at the One & Only Resort.
Club Campestre San Jose
The Jack Nicklaus designed Club Campestre San Jose opened in 2007. Located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, Golfweek called it one of the best layouts in the region. The challenging undulating greens with many bunkers will keep the most experienced golfers on their toes. Views of the Sea of Cortéz on almost every hole make up for the difficulty. This is the first course to use Paspalum grass as it’s saltwater resistant, which seems to be working extremely well. Reviews say the course is always in great shape.
Vidanta Golf Los Cabos
Vidanta Golf Los Cabos, a nine-hole course nestled between the Sea of Cortéz and the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains, is considered to be one of the most affordable courses in Cabo. Designed by Mario Schjetnam in 1987, it’s the oldest course in Los Cabos. On the 19th hole, you’ll find The La Laguna Social House, a perfect spot for dinner or drinks after your round. The course is located close to the Vidanta Los Cabos Resort, offering family-friendly activities for everyone.
Puerto Los Cabos
With 27 holes in three very different nines, Puerto Los Cabos is s treat for any golf enthusiast. All holes have views of the Sea of Cortéz, which is a feat in itself. Two of the courses were designed by Greg Norman, and the other by Jack Nicklaus. Golfers can play any 18-hole combination, making Puerto Los Cabos a must play of Cabo golf courses. Each course has a culinary palapa staffed with a bartender and chef.
Completely Private Cabo Golf Courses
These courses are completely private, so you must be with a member when playing.
A Jack Nicklaus designed world-class golf course, El Dorado features 18 holes, six with views of the Sea of Cortéz and the other 12 among magnificent canyons, trees, and cactus. Six holes will be challenged by the four lakes. Nicklaus is said to have spent many hours walking the coast as he designed exactly what he wanted El Dorado to be, and it shows. If you’re lucky enough to play El Dorado, you’re lucky enough. The comfort stations offer food, drink, and even entertainment.
Querencia was Tom Fazio’s first golf course in Cabo. The course was designed so golfers would have views of downtown San Jose del Cabo as well as the Sea of Cortéz. Named the Best Golf Course in Mexico by Golfweek Magazine as well as in the Top 100 by Golf Digest, this 18-hole course spreads over 300 acres. Querencia is one of the few courses who offer a Golf Board instead of a cart for those who prefer a more active round. Though this is a private course, you can request an invitation on the website.
So there you have it, all the golf courses currently available in Cabo. If you’re heading to this beautiful part of the world with a group of golfers, the other amenities may not be as important to you. But if you’re going with a more diverse group or significant other who doesn’t play, Cabo offers amazing food and a plethora of activities to keep everyone happy.
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