If a picture is worth a thousand words, then images of the golf holes at Quivira, a growing luxury real estate development on the Pacific Ocean side of Los Cabos, are worth a book or two. After a benign opening of four holes on this Jack Nicklaus-designed course, a five-minute uphill cart ride takes you to a 310-yard par-4, sharp dogleg left that plunges downhill to a green overlooking the Pacific. Two par 3s (the 180-yard 6th and 140-yard 13th) are other coastal stunners, while the 12th hole is a 635-yard par 5 that tumbles downward from an elevated tee to a green overlooking the beach. The course debuted in December of 2014 and is open to members and guests at the nearby Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort and the Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas. Guests of both Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort also have access to tee times at Quivira.
The layout is also the centerpiece of a 1,800-acre community, which features a variety of real estate options, including Copala, with seven residential towers, condos and homes; and Coronado, a collection of single-level hacienda-style homes starting at $1.6 million. The Towers at Pacifica—part of the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort—have recently opened and feature three new structures with distinct accommodations and enhanced amenities (including personalized 24-hour British Butler Institute-certified butler service). There’s also elevated dining experiences and exclusive access to a new VIP Towers Lounge, all overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Just north of Quivira is Diamante Cabo San Lucas, a luxury real estate development with two private courses: the Dunes Course by Davis Love III, ranked 38th in the world by Golf Magazine, and El Cardonal, the first course ever designed by Tiger Woods. The Dunes Course recently opened a new par-3 10th hole. The course now ends on the signature former 17th hole while the former 18th hole has been taken out of play. Perhaps more notable is the recent opening of Cabo’s first par-3 course—The Oasis Short Course by TGR Design. There will be 12 holes ranging from 41 yards to 143 yards, plus an alternative three-hole loop within that routing that includes a par 3, par 4 and par 5.
In addition to the several residence club and real estate communities already under development at Diamante, additional future plans at Diamante call for a 10-acre beachfront resort and real estate development, a 90-acre luxury branded beachfront hotel and real estate development, an expansion of the sport and recreation facility, and a “Village” boutique shopping center.
El Dorado Golf & Beach Club
El Dorado Golf & Beach Club is a private members club loaded with high-end amenities. The 7,322-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed course debuted in 1999, but the Discovery Land Company’s 2005 purchase of the property raised both the golf and real estate options to a new level. Comfort stations loaded with food and drink—a hallmark of every Discovery Land Company course, including Estancia in Arizona, The Madison Club in Palm Springs and Bakers Bay in the Bahamas—are essentially mini-restaurants. At El Dorado that means access to local tuna jerky, world-famous chicken salad, an old-fashioned candy store, root beer floats, strawberry “Goose Juice,” homemade fresh fruit ice pops, homemade beef jerky, chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, chocolate-covered frozen bananas and a supply of Casamigos tequila.
Cabo Del Sol
When Cabo Del Sol opened in 1994, the Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course set a new standard for golf in the area. Multiple holes along the ocean on both nines—but especially the spectacular par-3 17th—garner plenty of attention. In 2001, the Ocean Course was joined by Tom Weiskopf’s Desert Course, creating a very memorable 36-hole experience.
Palmilla Golf Club
Palmilla Golf Club found a silver lining when Hurricane Odile hit the area in 2014, motivation for a $3.5-million makeover of the golf course that includes the renovation of three of the four lakes over the past two years with the fourth lake being completed in 2017. Nearby is the lavish One & Only Palmilla Resort, whose origins date back to the 1950’s when the area was a getaway for Hollywood stars and deep-sea fishing aficionados.
Puerto Los Cabos
A second nine holes designed by Jack Nicklaus have recently debuted and are located adjacent to the existing Marina Course nine, forming an all-Nicklaus course. A new clubhouse is scheduled to debut in 2018, while a second nine holes by Greg Norman are planned for 2019. A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hotel with 120 oceanfront and ocean-view villas is scheduled to open in early 2018. On the residential side, only 12 out of 27 West Enclave, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences remain (at the time of publication), ranging from four- to five-bedrooms and priced between $4.1 and $4.9 million dollars. The next phase of Reserve Residences in The Enclaves was released in the second quarter of 2017 consisting of three-bedroom condominiums and four-bedroom penthouses.
Rancho San Lucas Golf Club
Rancho San Lucas Golf Club: This new Greg Norman design located 30 minutes south of the Los Cabos Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas is expected to open in late 2017 and features seven holes set in dunes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The community itself will include The Villas at Rancho San Lucas, two-story single-family residences with golf-, ocean- and desert-views and The Estates at Rancho San Lucas, exclusive single-story beachfront estate homes and expansive luxury condominiums.
Chileno Bay Golf & Beach Club
Discovery Land Company, owners of El Dorado, are injecting new life into Chileno Bay, a 1,200-acre private club and community located a short drive from the company’s El Dorado Golf & Beach Club. A Tom Fazio-designed golf course officially opened on Dec. 30, 2016, while the property will also include Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. Plans call for 425 residential units, including custom home sites and developer-built luxury single-family homes and villas. “My family and I have a tremendous love for this area and the people of Los Cabos,” says Michael Meldman, chairman and CEO of Discovery Land Company. “El Dorado has been incredibly successful and has become a vital part of the larger Los Cabos community. With it nearing build out, we look forward to helping make Chileno Bay one of the most sought-after communities and clubs in North America. It is an ideal location and it has a truly spectacular master-plan under development.”
Updated October 5, 2017