There was a time—1992, in fact—when “one and only” described Palmilla Golf Club (pictured above), the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Latin America. Since then, others have come online, but the Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines that make up the 27-hole, Troon-managed One&Only Palmilla Golf Club remain some of the peninsula’s most spellbinding.
Architecturally, the 12th at the private El Dorado Golf Club may be Cabo’s only “cape hole.” But “cabo” translates to “cape,” and at least 200 golf holes form a necklace along the coast—from Puerto Los Cabos on the Sea of Cortez around to Diamante on the Pacific. They embrace elements of desert, ocean, mountains, forest and sand and all carry the signatures of the best architects in the business.
The buzz at Diamante has centered around Tiger Woods (see our Winter issue cover story), but Davis Love III’s Dunes Course has bucket list written all over it. The course rocketed onto Golf’s Top 100 in the World shortly after opening. Play this private gem if you can.
Cabo Real opened in 1994 and many still consider its front nine—a combination of mountain and ocean holes—the most challenging in Los Cabos. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design hosted the 1996 and 1999 Senior PGA Grand Slams.
Cabo Del Sol’s aptly named Ocean and Desert courses, designed respectively by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, make for a memorable 36-hole experience that’s one part Pebble Beach, one part Troon North—and all Cabo.
Puerto Los Cabos in San José del Cabo currently combines a Greg Norman Signature front nine and a Jack Nicklaus Signature back nine. Each nine will eventually belong to its own 18-hole course but for now it’s a one-of-a-kind routing.
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Cabo Del Sol
Club Campestre San Jose
One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos Golf Resort
Puerto De Los Cabos