There are a number of reasons why this is the case, one is the weather, at least 350 sunny days, secondly the number and quality of the golf courses in the area, since the opening of the first championship golf course at Palmilla in the early 1990s.
Los Cabos' golf supply grows constantly too, as is the case with the newest additions, Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club in San José del Cabo (both Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman designed 9 holes each) and now Diamante Golf on the CSL side with the course designed by Tiger Woods.
Even the golf courses that are part of resorts in the Cabo area are of a very high level too, for example, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort appeared number 9 in a “Golf Digest” magazine ranking list of the "50 Best International Golf Hotels Outside of the United States”, this thanks to their partnership with Cabo del Sol.
So, the hype is not just spin, there are facts to back it up, Los Cabos is very close to Golf Heaven.
Below you'll find our directory of golf courses available in the area, as you'll find them when driving from Cabo San Lucas to San José del Cabo along the Carretera Transpeninsular (Transpeninsular Highway).
Cabo San Lucas Country Club
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club is a Roy Dye-designed, 745 acre, 18-hole golf masterpiece and lies just less than one mile outside of Cabo San Lucas.
The course is on sloping terrain facing the Sea of Cortez, with highlighted views of Land's End and Bahia San Lucas from each fairway and five tees for each hole (back, championship, member, forward, and front) for a variety of players levels.
At 600 yards, (par 5), the seventh hole is commonly known as the longest in all of Mexico. The front nine is 3,651 yards (par 36), and the back nine is slightly longer at 3,659 yards (par 36). This course also has a modern practice facility and one of the better club houses in Los Cabos.
Cabo del Sol is located approximately eight miles from Cabo San Lucas, along the Tourist Corridor and is the crown-jewel of the Koll Partners, Cabo del Sol Resort.
It is one of the highest rated among Los Cabos and even Golf Digest once rated it as one of the Top Ten courses in the world, it offers two 18-hole golf courses:
1- A famous Jack Nicklaus Signature design Ocean Course that stretches more than a mile along the coastline of craggy rock outcroppings and sun-washed shores.
This championship layout is praised by Nicklaus himself for having the "three finest finishing holes in all of golf." The 5th and signature 17th holes were ranked, according to Golf Magazine (January 2000), among "The 500 Best Holes in the World". Ranked #97 among "Top 100 Courses in the World" in 2013 by GOLF Magazine (2013). Details.
2- The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol is a masterful Tom Weiskopf design, created in an inland layout with 180-degree views of the sea from nearly every hole and offers impressive ocean panoramas from all 18 holes that have been sculpted into the natural surroundings.
The course varies in length from 5,300 to 7,100 yards, with five sets of tees making it comfortable for all levels of play.
The design takes advantage of natural river washes, subtle changes in elevation and dramatic bunkering, and spectacular peaks. Details.
Cabo Real Golf Club is one of the best world-class golf courses and is here for your enjoyment while you stay in Los Cabos.
Varying landscapes of cactus, desert, Bermuda grass, and distant ocean views make for the spectacular round and will surely impress.
The 18-hole, par 72 Cabo Real Golf Course stretches over more than 7,000 yards of verdant landscape. The first six holes are in somewhat mountainous terrain, while most of the others lie along the beach shoreline.
Some of the challenges are carved out of two picturesque canyons surrounded by trees, cacti and amazing rock formations that will leave you breathless at each tee. Certainly, one of the finest golf courses in all of Mexico.
Built and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1993, with three Ocean Front Holes. home to two PGA Senior Grand Slams, and a host of other prestigious golf tournaments, Cabo Real offers one of the toughest front nine holes in Los Cabos.
Its three spectacular ocean front holes put Cabo Real on the world map of golf in 1996, when whales put on a spectacular show breaching just yards off-shore during the Senior Slam golf tournament. Long considered the favorite of many pros, Jack Nicklaus has also shown up to play.
Golf Course Highlight: Sometimes called the Pebble Beach of Mexico, the Cabo Real golf course offers 9 impressive oceanfront holes along the three and a half miles bordering the sea; don’t miss this one. The best view of the golf course is from the 15th tee, right on the beach.
El Dorado is another stunning golf course creation designed by one of the greatest within golf, Jack Nicklaus. This famous designer spent many hours walking the coastline, the foothills and canyons of the area creating the golf course we can enjoy today, one that blends in with the surroundings bringing out the beauty of the landscape.
Golf Course Highlight: Even though it is not open to the public, this impressive golf course has various ocean front holes and 1 mile of coastline.
Palmilla Golf Club
2012: Condé Nast Traveler April 2012 - Top Golf Courses - Ranked 2nd in the Top 20 Foreign Golf Resorts.
2011: GolfWeek Magazine - #39 "Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico".
"One of the most spectacular golf courses I've seen", as stated by Jack Nicklaus who designed this course that was opened in 1992. Palmilla Golf is a championship course designed with 27 holes par 72 in all combinations of the 3 different nine-hole courses.
Palmilla, now known as One&Only Palmilla is the classic resort in the area, the one that started it all, these golf courses have just added color and value to this great resort on the Cabo Tourist Corridor.
Majestic desert terrain and breath-taking views inspired Jack Nicklaus to create one of the world's most spectacular golf championship courses on the grounds of the splendid and historical Palmilla properties.
The 27-hole One&Only Palmilla Golf Course is divided into three magnificent courses, each of which offer an original panoramic scene all of their own.
Choices are the "Mountain Nine," an "Ocean Nine," or the "Arrollo Nine" (Arrollo: creek) and any of the three are a "can't miss." Nearly each and every hole has splendid views of the Sea of Cortez, just off in the distance. The newest is the Ocean course and Nicklaus mentions it was like designing a mountain course along the edge of the sea, each hole has impressive views of the Sea of Cortez.
Palmilla Golf still holds well against all the newcomer golf courses in Cabo.
Golf Course Highlight: Querencia Golf Club is currently designing a second golf course and Gil Hanse was chosen to do so. Tom Fazio’s designed golf course offers impressive views from each and every hole. It has consistently been ranked as one of the world's top golf courses.
Club Campestre San José
A relatively new addition to the large list of great golf options in Los Cabos, Club Campestre is a Nicklaus Design creation that was built in 2005 and opened in June 2007.
It offers beautiful greens on the rolling foothills that are part of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains, each hole on the course offers incredible panoramic vistas.
There are large elevation changes and the undulating championship greens make it a challenge for experienced golfers too. Another masterpiece by one of the greatest masters in Golf history.
Km. 119 Libramiento Aeropuerto San José del Cabo
Golf Course Highlight: This is a challenging course designed by Jack Nicklaus with many sand traps that tests the skills of any golfer. It’s said to become a private golf course in a few years, so you must hurry if you want to enjoy it.
Hole 7 offers a spectacular peninsula green with a fabulous view that emphasize the impressive contrast of desert and the Mar de Cortez.
Punta Sur Golf Course Los Cabos (ex.
Fonatur Golf Course & ex. Grupo Mayan Golf)
A nine-hole golf course located in San Jose del Cabo is more challenging than many originally anticipate. It is the most affordable play in Los Cabos, offers great restaurant dining, and wonderful staff with bilingual personnel.
Golfers will definitely be pleased to see these future developments as the current 3,153 yard course possesses beautifully green Bermuda grass, has numerous bunkers, blue lakes throughout, and is surrounded by one of the most serene settings in all of San Jose del Cabo
Enjoy the club house, sushi bar, or a margarita on the deck after a great round of golf overlooking the San José side of the Sea of Cortez.
Golf Course Highlight: This 9-hole, 3,153-yard originally built by the Mexican government. It was then sold to Grupo Mayan in April 2004 and has changed administration since. It's a great course for beginners or intermediate golfers. The par-3 8th hole measures 203 yards and features a sand trap to the right and a lake to the left.
Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club
Paseo de los Pescadores, La Playita, San José del Cabo
Golf Course Highlight: It’s the newest golf course to open. Do not miss the Beautiful corner (La esquina Hermosa) which is one of Mexico's finest three-hole stretches.
Diamante Cabo San Lucas
On one of the most pristine beaches anywhere along the Pacific Ocean, you'll find one of the most spectacular golf courses and facilities anywhere on the planet. The Dunes Course at Diamante. Complete with an awe-inspiring, 14-acre practice and performance center.
El Cardonal Course (18 holes), Tiger Woods(under development)
Golf Course Highlight: The Dunes Course has received many accolades, including Top New International Golf Course in 2010, #52 World ranking by GOLF Magazine in 2013, and #1 ranked course in all of Mexico by Golf Digest (May 2012).