Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is a Cabo Cliffhanger
In a dramatic setting at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, marked by windswept dunes, sheer cliffs and desert foothills 10 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Jack Nicklaus has crafted a golf course that may indeed redefine the Cabo golf experience.
Quivira Golf Club is the centerpiece of Quivira (pronounced kee-vee-ra), the newest luxury development in Los Cabos that encompasses two resorts—Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa—and three high-end real estate communities including Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas by Pueblo Bonito, Copala and Novaispania Residences.
The $40 million golf facility, which represents more than eight years of planning and construction, commences at sea level near the rolling surf before climbing to a highest point of more than 350 feet above sea level. All 18 holes feature outstanding vistas of the Pacific and, in the winter months, views of breaching whales.
“Our team has worked with the canvas Mother Nature provided to create what we hope is one of the most spectacular courses in the world,” Nicklaus said of Nicklaus Design’s sixth course in Los Cabos. “This property afforded us a rare opportunity because of its topographic diversity and natural environment.”
The October opening of the 7,224-yard, par-72 layout will mark a watershed moment in the history of golf development in Los Cabos, a destination revered for its consistently sunny weather and unique mountain-desert-ocean ecosystem. In addition to its stunning panoramas and breathtaking drops from tee to fairway, Quivira offers more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos.
Quivira’s first three holes head inland before reversing direction at the par-5 fourth hole, which plays over a pond to a broad fairway framed by rolling dunes and raw desert.
The three-quarter mile drive to the fifth hole, which crosses arroyo-spanning bridges and traces a switchback route up the side of a mountain, has already been dubbed the “Greatest Drive in Golf.” At more than 200 feet above sea level, the tee at the short par-4 fifth hole offers splendid views of the beach and crashing waves far below.
Pictured Above: A spectacular ocean view from the 5th hole
The par-3 sixth, its concave cliff-top green carved from the base of a massive dune, is equally dramatic.
Pictured Above: The 6th hole's cliff-top green
A halfway house situated near the eighth green will showcase the culinary talents of the resort’s chefs, with tuna sliders, fish tacos and Mexican specialties. The comfort station is one of four interspersed throughout the all-inclusive facility.
The layout then weaves through dunes, returns to the cliffs at the dazzling par-3 13th, proceeds inland through the desert toward distant mountain peaks, and drops sharply from a set of elevated tees at Nos. 16 and 17, a pair of thrilling par 4s. Quivira’s par-4 18th hole, stretching to 469 yards, is a classic links-style creation that plays to an infinity-edge green overlooking the sea.
Pictured Above: #13
Pictured Above: #14
Completing the experience at Quivira Golf Club is a stylish, thatched-roof clubhouse between the first tee and 18th green that offers a large rectangular bar, casual steakhouse, and outdoor seating overlooking the sea. Beside the clubhouse is a spacious double-ended practice facility that includes an elongated practice putting green and an expanded short-game practice area.
Quivira Golf Club is accessible to guests of the four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Los Cabos, and to owners of properties in Copala, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas and Novaispania Residences. Each of the Pueblo Bonito Resorts welcomes guests with upscale accommodations and service, fine dining and a host of on-site amenities.
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Quivira Golf Club will be included within the Quivira development. For information go online to www.pueblobonito.com or call 800-990-8250.
Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.