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  • Writer's pictureTerri Lynn Manna

Discover Golf Paradise: Top Three Courses in Cabo San Lucas

If you're an avid golfer and seeking a golfing destination that combines stunning landscapes with challenging courses, look no further than Cabo San Lucas.

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This picturesque Mexican paradise boasts a collection of world-class golf courses that will leave golf enthusiasts mesmerized.

In this blog post, we'll be recommending the top three golf courses in Cabo San Lucas, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

1. Cove Club Golf Course (formerly the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol)

  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus in 1994 and Phase 1 renovations completed under his supervision in 2019.

  • Notable Holes: One signature hole at Cove Club is the par-4 18th hole, which plays 100 feet down the side of a mountain, offering panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. This challenging hole requires precision and a fearless swing to navigate the prevailing winds and avoid the U-shaped bunker guarding the green.

  • Course notes: Food and drink stations offer impeccable service every 3 or 4 holes, views of the ocean from nearly every hole offer a bucolic day of play, and difficulty level is high but fair.

  • Cost of 18 Holes: **This course recently changed from allowing limited visitors to members and their guests only. These are member costs** Playing a round of 18 holes at Cove Club typically costs around $300 to $400 USD, depending on the season. The breathtaking scenery and world-class design make it worth every penny.

Club Facilities:

Cabo del Sol provides top-notch amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable experience for its guests. The clubhouse offers elegant dining options with a wide selection of local and international cuisine. After a challenging round, golfers can unwind at the well-appointed spa or take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

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2. Cabo Del Sol Golf Course (formerly the Desert Course at Cabo del Sol)

  • Designed by: Tom Weiskopf in 2001, with renovations underway by Dana Fry and Jason Straka.

  • Notable Holes: One of the most memorable holes at Cabo del Sol is the par-5 4th hole. Stretching over 600 yards, this double-dogleg hole demands precise shot placement and strategic thinking. The green is nestled between natural sand dunes, adding a touch of rugged beauty to the course.

  • Course notes: slightly more forgiving than Cove Club, with wider fairways and less penal bunkering, and free food and drink are offered at one of the comfort stations.

  • Cost of 18 Holes: **At the time of writing only 12 holes are open for play, as renovations are underway** Playing 18 holes at Cabo del Sol generally costs between $150 to $250 USD, making it an excellent value for the exceptional golfing experience it offers. Word is that upon completion of the current renovations, this course will join the Cove Club in becoming a members-only course, so now is the time to get in and play it while you can!

Club Facilities:

Cabo del Sol boasts first-class facilities catering to golfers of all levels. The pro shop is well-stocked with premium golf gear, and the practice area allows players to hone their skills before heading out onto the course. After a satisfying round, golfers can relax at the clubhouse terrace, savoring breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape.

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3. Cabo Real Golf Club:

  • Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1995

  • Notable Holes: The par-3 16th hole at Cabo Real Golf Club, known as "The Viaduct," is an iconic masterpiece. This hole requires a tee shot over a deep arroyo, creating a dramatic and visually striking experience. The combination of natural beauty and strategic design makes it a memorable highlight of the course.

  • Course notes: Cabo Real doesn’t offer the comfort stations of the previous courses, very few homes on the course allow for undisturbed views of the ocean and desert mountains, and being on the Sea of Cortez makes this course generally less windy than the other courses on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula.

  • Cost of 18 Holes: The cost of playing 18 holes at Cabo Real Golf Club ranges from $150 to $250, depending on the time of year. This course is home to two Senior Slam Tournaments - come play where the pros do!

Club Facilities:

Cabo Real offers public practice areas, a pro shop stocked with top-notch equipment, and experienced instructors available for lessons. Additionally, visitors can indulge in the club's luxurious clubhouse, complete with elegant dining options, a well-stocked bar, and inviting lounges, providing the perfect setting to relax and relish in the post-game camaraderie.

In conclusion, Cabo San Lucas stands as a golfer's paradise, boasting some of the most stunning and challenging golf courses designed by legends of the sport.

Whether you're a seasoned golfer or just starting, a trip to Cabo San Lucas will undoubtedly leave you with lifelong memories of world-class golfing experiences amid the beauty of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

So, pack your clubs, book your tee times, and get ready to tee off in golfing bliss!

- By the Trip&homes Team


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