Cabo del Sol Ocean Course
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Completed: 1994; renovated 2019
Distinguishing characteristics: Often called the “Pebble Beach of the Baja,” the course occupies more than a mile across rugged desert, dramatic coastline, and steep mountains. Nicklaus has called it “the best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen.”
Why now: Jack Nicklaus has returned to oversee the update of the course, which closed in May and will reopen in November 2019. Plans include moving and redesigning two of the ocean holes, but without compromising the quality of play or beauty of the surroundings. To lead the development, Steve Adelson has joined the project as CEO. He is the former managing partner in Discovery Land Company, which developed nearby El Dorado and Chileno Bay.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Completed: 1993; renovated in 2014
Distinguishing characteristics: The front nine meanders down to the Gulf of California, while the back nine has dramatic holes set up on the ridgelines of stunning arroyos. When it hosted the PGA Senior Grand Slam, the course became instantly famous as contestants had to step away from their putts to watch the whales breach offshore.
Why now: This is where the locals play in the summer.
Designer: Tom Fazio
Distinguishing characteristics: Every hole offers a view of the Gulf of California. Chileno Bay is also the only Discovery Land Company golf course that non-homeowners can play by staying at the resort.
Why now: Starting this summer, the resort’s El Molino coffee shop will sell cigars to take golfing. Additionally, the spa is the place for golfers to relax post-play, with the “Hole in One Golfer’s Massage,” which includes a deep massage using golf balls, focusing on arms and shoulders.
Diamante Dunes Course
Designer: Davis Love III
Distinguishing characteristics: With its rolling hills and dramatic sand dunes, the links-style course feels like it’s in Scotland—but with much better accessibility and weather. It hosted the World Club Championship in 2012, and is adjacent to two courses designed by Tiger Woods.
Why now: Diamante’s new head of golf, Juan Pablo Guinand, is just 30 years old but brings 24 years of experience to the game. Come learn from him, and then relax and unwind at the brand-new Nobu Los Cabos, located adjacent to Diamante, all of it about 35 minutes north of Cabo’s main developments.
Quivira Golf Club
Designer: Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
Distinguishing characteristics: Marked by links-style dunes, sheer cliffs, and rolling foothills, this remarkable layout stretches more than 7,000 yards, challenging even the best golfers. Four tee placements range from 4,766 to 7,085 yards, and while the course begins at sea level, it climbs more than 275 feet above the ocean, taking players through surf, canyons, arroyos, dunes, and desert before finishing back at the sea. While many of the region’s top courses claim to have amazing sea views, no other course has quite the expanse of outlooks from every single one of its holes.
Why now: Much development is in store for this 1,850-acre community. Phase-one construction begins at the Quivira Beach Club in August; sales for the Old Lighthouse Club homesites (from $2M) start this fall; and construction on the new St. Regis (opening early 2021) begins later this year.