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To a Tee A guide to golf in Los Cabos 44 Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 Francisco Estrada Los Cabos is an unparalleled region for golf. Three of its 14 courses are currently ranked among the 100 best in the world—Cabo del Sol’s Ocean Course, Querencia, and the Dunes Course at Diamante—an achievement that places it among a handful of the top golfing meccas around the globe. The other regions with this sort of pedigree, however, are steeped in tradition, with legendary lore, and a history of hosting famous tournaments. All of Los Cabos’ sculpted seaside masterpieces, on the other hand, debuted in the last 25 years. History The first golf course in Los Cabos was Punta Sur (www.vidanta .com) in San José del Cabo, which opened in 1987. Now officially a part of the Grand Mayan, this little nine-hole layout is still a favorite of beginners and budget conscious visitors. The big golfing boom, however, began in the early 1990s, when three ambitious developers—Don Koll, Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, and Ed Reisdorf—brought in respected designers to craft world-class courses at Palmilla, Cabo del Sol, Cabo Real, and Campo de Carlos (now the Cabo San Lucas Country Club). The 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus designed the first two, and he has since designed four more, making him the unofficial godfather of golf in Los Cabos. Other big names quickly followed. Major champion Tom Weiskopf designed the Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, and Davis Love III and Tiger Woods have each designed courses at Diamante on the Pacific coast of Cabo San Lucas. Love’s Dunes Course was the first true links–style layout locally, and it was immediately acclaimed as a By Chris Sands


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