Described by course designer Jack Nicklaus as occupying “the best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen,” the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol has risen to the pinnacle of Latin American golf since its debut in 1994.
Stretching for more than a mile across a stunning desert landscape backdropped by rugged 6,000-foot mountains, the layout, often described as the ‘Pebble Beach of the Baja,’ has seven holes touching a coastline marked by craggy granite outcrops and golden, sun-drenched beaches washed by the turquoise-blue sea. Broad sandy arroyos weave through the interior holes, while giant cardon cacti stand sentinel beside the well-groomed fairways.
The layout’s ebb-and-flow routing delivers players to the sea on both nines and brilliantly weaves together the region’s unique mountain-desert-ocean environment. The three opening holes, carved into mountain foothills, present a high desert experience. The downhill fourth hole, a long par 5, marks the transition from desert to sea, building anticipation for the layout’s dazzling trio of ocean holes at Nos. 5, 6 and 7.
The back nine explores the resort community’s desert interior before tumbling down the side of a mountain for a spectacular seaside finale. Nicklaus has praised the Ocean Course, the top-rated international venue on his design resume, for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.”0