International Golf News
Golf Paradise... Los Cabos, Mexico
By Kirk Hulbert
DIVOT Director of Business Development
Los Cabos, Mexico is the home of beautiful golf courses with ocean views, beaches, cactus and desert scenery all in one. Questro Golf (www.questrogolf.com) is comprised of 3 fantastic and varying golf courses, Puerto Los Cabos, Club Compestre San Jose, and Cabo Real. Questro Golf offers 2-round and 3-round packages at a discount price and twilight rates are also available for afternoon play.
Puerto Los Cabos-BEGIN with the SHARK, FINISH with the BEAR!!! This course has been a 9-hole front nine designed by Greg Norman Signature golf, the Mission Course, and a 9-hole back nine designed by Jack Nicklaus Signature golf, the Marina Course. A recently completed additional 9-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus provides Puerto Los Cabos with 27 holes with another 9 holes planned in the future that will be designed by Greg Norman. The new Norman 9-hole course will provide all holes with vistas of the Sea of Cortez.
Norman’s Mission Course, a 3,590-yard, par 36 has over 400 feet of elevation change. With its large bunkers that serve as signposts for the fairways and defend the greens, the layout displays Norman’s fondness for Australia’s classic Sandbelt courses. Nicklaus’ original 9 holes of the Marina Course, a 3,871-yard, par 37 features undulating greens and rippling fairways. The Marina Course is intended to be the resort course and skirts the new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Resort with the beachside par-3 15th hole. The crashing waves tests one’s ability to focus on putting.
A distinct feature of Puerto Los Cabos is their on-course culinary palapas offering a full range of food and beverage that is included in the green fee, complete with bartenders and chefs! You will remember the Shark’s Cove on the Mission Course and the Bear’s Den on the Marina Course.
Club Compestre San Jose is a five-minute drive from downtown San Jose’s historic downtown and Marina at Puerto Los Cabos. Club Compestre San Jose is a Nicklaus Design golf course spread across the gently rolling foothills of the Sierra del la Laguna Mountains. The course has been recognized for being the best conditioned golf course in Los Cabos, the best value of all Resort Courses in Los Cabos and was voted the favorite golf course by Los Cabos locals.
The beautifully manicured and landscaped course (including waste areas) displays numerous Saguaro Cactus, ocean views from every hole. Its serenity provides a haven for many birds reminiscent of a sanctuary. Nicklaus’s design features Hole #7 that contains an amazing peninsula green with a magnificent view accenting the beautiful contrast between desert and ocean.
The restaurant/snack bar is a must either at the turn or before/after your round. The food is excellent, and the service goes above and beyond what you would expect. The servers are very friendly and even brought our food to us on the course!
Cabo Real Golf Club is the oldest of the 3 courses that comprise Questro Golf and opened 25 years ago in 1993. Cabo Real features a multi-themed, target-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Cabo Real is proud to have hosted 3 major televised golf events including the Sr. PGA Grand Slam. The recently reversal of the club’s nines have greatly enhanced the layout’s flow and drama.
The course provides fantastic ocean views, a scenic and gentle front nine with broad fairways tumbling down to the Sea of Cortez. Hole 5 is a short par-4 that plays across an arroyo in route to the beach. The par-3 6th hole is propped up along a seaside bluff. Looking back provides a scenic view of endless palm trees and beautiful white sand beach.
The back nine offers a test of golf skills with breathtaking holes chiseled into desert foothills at the foot of rugged mountain peaks. Many greens are elevated with fairways that play along ridge tops. The 14th hole plays 454 yards that run along the edge of a steep canyon to a green carved into a precipice at the layout’s highest point, nearly 500 feet above the sea. A classic finishing hole awaits as a brawny par-4 18th hole crossing an arroyo on the right and a large lake on the left.
A visit to Questro Golf in Los Cabos provides and excellent opportunity to challenge the beautiful golf courses for any level of ability. The beautiful views, beaches, arroyos, mountains and canyons, deserts will leave you with a fabulous golf experience in the Baja California desert. Whether you play only one or all three of the courses, you will be given an excellent memory of your golf outing! www.questrogolf.com.