December 23, 2014
After a long combination of flights 2 days before and playing Club Campestre San José just after landing, the round at Puerto Los Cabos was the first “official” round of golf of the 2014 Fam Trip. Although we were playing a fun tournament of 4 rounds, the most important part of the trip was to experience the course in order to be able to tell potential customers what they can expect of a trip to Unstoppable Los Cabos. And it is a great beginning to play a course which has 9 holes by Greg Norman and another 9 by JackNicklaus. In the future they expect to have all 18 from each designer, but I really loved the experience of playing a course designed by my 2 youth heroes. I need to add that the transition from one half to the other is so smooth that if you are very focused on the game you do not feel that you have changed the designer in the middle of the layout. The front 9 (Norman) start with an uphill short par 4 where second shot is tough to hold the ball. Second and third (par 3 & 4) are downhill and you get the first nice views of the sea. Four has nothing special but fifth is a strong dog leg to the right short par 4 with a blind tee shot where long hitters will get home with the driver. And then 6-7 are two of the most spectacular holes on the property: 6th is a downhill 200yds par 3 with fabulous views of the Sea and Cabo San José while 7 is a downhill par 5 towards the Ocean although it is not by the shore. The last 2 holes on the front 9 are 2 uphill par 4s where tee shot is very demanding, specially 8th. Back 9 start start with a very uphill 3 shot par 5, which is a typical hole you see in Sotogrande. 11th is a short and tricky par 3 with a huge green (Imade a 50 footer for birdie) and 12th is a long downhill par 5 only reachable for very long ones. 13th is a nice short par 4 with a tough approach shot and 14th in my opinion is the best hole on the course: a mid par 5 dog leg to the right with serious damage on the right for the tee shot, while second shot is to a green that ends on the beach, really breathtaking! If you lay up, then the view of that 80yds wedge is maybe the best on the course. 15th by the Ocean is a very nice short par 3, then 16-17-18 are 3 very strategic par 4s, where tee shot at 18th is maybe the most demanding shot on the course. One in all, it is a course I would always play: well maintained, greens rolling pretty fast, variety in design, the Comfort Stations every 4 holes give you the chance of some tequila, tacos, bloody Mary and a lot more. The course suffered with Hurricane Odile on 15.09.2014 and 2 months later it was almost perfect, where only Club House needed some more time to complete the restoring. A very well operated course which will be always a pleasure to play. If you are not used to play paspalum grass, remember it is sticky and you need to be very sharp with the short game!