Rounds at Quivira Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, aren’t setting speed records. In fact, it’s rare anyone finishes 18 holes in less than five hours at this stunning Jack Nicklaus designed course on the tip of the Baja Peninsula.
Offering to-die-for ocean views on every hole, Quivira starts at sea level, scales cliffs, spans canyons and arroyos and meanders through dunes and desert. With four “comfort stations” strategically sprinkled around the course, Quivira gives players a compelling reason to pause or reset their round several times.
The most remote, and striking, comfort station is perched atop a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the fifth tee. The nearly one-mile, 10-minute climb from the fourth green winds up the side of a mountain along a narrow cart path.
“You’re driving up this huge hill, a mile or so in a golf cart and you’re wondering, ‘Am I going to the right hole?’” Johnson said. “And then you get there, and it’s just incredible. What awaits golfers who need a break from the Cabo heat is a small restaurant packed with croissant sandwiches, fresh fruit and brownies. The bar is stocked with high-end Tequila, an assortment of Mexican beers and bottled waters. And while sipping an ice-cold cerveza, golfers can check out the jumping manta rays show in the Pacific, some 300 feet below.
While caddies aren’t part of the overall experience at Quivira, the course graciously supplies one on the fifth hole for golfers needing distance and direction tips on the dogleg oceanfront par 4. The caddy doubles as a cameraman for those wishing to capture the moment on the green, which looks back onto a secluded beach and the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort, one of several excellent lodging options for Quivira players.
The semi-private Quivira course, available only to Pueblo Bonito resort guests and homeowners in the Quivira Los Cabos Community, opened in 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the elite courses in Mexico and the world. Golf Digest recently included Quivira in its list of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” three other Los Cabos courses also made the list.
The New Mecca for an Amazing Golf Experience
It wasn’t long ago that San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas were known more for sport fishing than golf. But thanks to an abundance of prime real estate along the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean, and imaginative layouts by legendary golfers-turned architects such as Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, Cabo is now clearly a golfer’s paradise.
If you go…
Getting there: Most major airlines all fly there from Delta to Southwest airlines offer nonstop flights from Chicago, Altanta, Los Angeles direct to Los Cabos with a flight time of about 2 to 4 hours.
Where to play: Quivira Golf Club green fees start at $233 and peak at $380, depending on the season and time of day, Reach out to Los Cabos Golf Vacations as they can arrange your accommodations, tee time, and ground transfers for small to large groups. Visit www.loscabosgolfvacations.com or call 844.444.4455
Where to stay: Fronting a 2.5-mile stretch of pristine ocean beach and just 10 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf Spa & Resort is a full-service, all-inclusive resort that offers beachside pools and an array of restaurants, featuring the elegant LaFrida. All-inclusive rates start at $387 for two persons; www.pueblobonito.com. The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is a full-service, all-inclusive, adults-only resort adjacent to Sunset, every room has a view of the sea, all-inclusive rates for two start at $480. Two additional Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos are located on Medano Beach within walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa & Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort.