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O U T D O O R S masterpiece upon opening in 2009. It’s currently ranked the No. 1 course in México by Golf Digest and No. 38 in the world by Golf magazine. Environment What makes golf in Los Cabos truly special, and completely unlike any other place in the world, is its singular combination of desert and mountain terrains featuring gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortés. The arid desert climate creates challenges, of course, but the vast majority of local courses provide high-quality course maintenance, and adhere to responsible environmental standards. This tricky “twofer” is primarily accomplished through the use of gray water and seashore paspalum. The former is repurposed effluent water. The latter, as Quivira director of golf Antonio Reynante says, is “a drought-tolerant, disease-resistant cultivar that can tolerate brackish water, and requires a fraction of the fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides of normal grasses.” Cabo San Lucas Although there are no courses in Cabo San Lucas proper, there are four world-class layouts within chipping distance. Nicklaus’s magnificent new cliffside Quivira Golf Club (www .quiviragolfclub.com) has been racking up awards and accolades since premiering in 2014. Beyond Quivira, on the Pacific coast, lies the upscale Diamante (www.diamantecabosanlu cas.com) development, home to Tiger Woods’s parkland-style El Cardonal and Love’s majestic Dunes. The Roy Dye-designed Cabo San Lucas Country Quivira (left) and Palmilla are two of the most popular golf destinations in Los Cabos. estrada Francisco Club (www.cabosanlucascountry Quivira;club.com), by contrast, is just east of the city, and it is the only course in Courtesy the area to boast views of the granite rock formations that extend to Land’s End. Best of all, its driving range is open at night, so visiting duffers can LEFT:tighten up their swings while simultaneously FROM working their way through buckets of ice-cold cervezas. Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 45 Tourist Corridor The greatest concentration of courses is found in the 20-mile coastal corridor that connects the cape cities. Nicklaus’s landmark layouts at Cabo del Sol (www.cabodelsol.com) and Palmilla (www.palmillagc.com) are mandatory stops for serious golfers. In an interview with Baja Explorer magazine in 1992, Nicklaus said of the 17th and 18th holes at the thennew Cabo del Sol Ocean Course: “I firmly believe that these are the two best finishing holes of any course in the world.” Renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio is the only true


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