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Quivira Golf Club: An Experience Unlike Any Other
Situated at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, at the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos boasts a unique mountain-desert-ocean environment where the game’s top designers have crafted some of the world’s finest golf courses.
Of the six courses built in Los Cabos by Jack Nicklaus, Quivira Golf Club, opened to acclaim in 2014, is by far the least traditional and most spectacular. An aesthetic tour de force and an unforgettable test from any set of tees, this 7,085-yard, par-72 showstopper may be the most daring and eclectic course Jack has ever built. On Golf Digest’s roster of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” Quivira offers more oceanfront exposure—and more unforgettable thrills—than any other course in Los Cabos.
Grafted onto a stunning Land’s End site marked by sheer granite cliffs, massive windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills, Quivira resembles one of those fantasy golf calendars with mind-boggling holes airbrushed onto canyon walls lapped by surging seas. It has the usual tees, greens and fairways, but it also has twisting arroyos, acres of cactus, lots of rock, Sahara-like expanses of sand…in sum, a little bit of everything that Cabo has to offer.
The drive to the fifth hole, which traces a switchback route up the side of a mountain, climbs to a vertigo-inducing tee perched 275 feet above the foaming surf. At under 300 yards from the forward tees, this downhill par 4 can be driven, but it’s ‘hasta la vista’ if you miss the rock-walled, cliff-hanging green. The par-3 sixth, its concave green carved from the base of huge stippled dune, is equally dramatic.
After swinging near an historic lighthouse, the layout weaves through the dunes and returns to the cliffs at No. 13, a tiny par 3 that plays over a yawning abyss to a miniscule green set atop a pinnacle of fissured granite rising 100 feet from the surf. The course then proceeds inland through the desert, dropping abruptly from a set of elevated tees at Nos. 16 and 17, each a magnificent par 4. The par-4 18th hole, a links-style creation, plays to an infinity-edge green that appears to float on the ocean.
A note to first-timers: Quivira is a breathtaking layout, but it can be visually intimidating. Nicklaus, to his credit, built kicker slopes and containment mounds that tend to gather the ball to safety and feed the ball to the hole. Because of the setting, each risk-reward scenario must be weighed very carefully on this off-the-charts design. When in doubt, the conservative route and the high-percentage shot are usually the best options.
Completing the experience at Quivira is a thatched-roof, beachfront clubhouse that offers a large rectangular bar, a casual steakhouse and ample outdoor seating overlooking the surging sea and Land’s End. Players can fine-tune their games at a double-ended practice facility located a mere wedge shot away from the rolling surf.
For additional information please visit www.quiviraloscabos.com.