The sport of golf in Los Cabos dates back to the mid '80s, when numerous business groups started to explore the untapped sporting potential of Baja California, to take it beyond recreational fishing, and decided to create a golfing paradise for lovers of the sport worldwide. The first challenge was to make an 18-hole course, and so these business people started to work the arid Californian land to lay the foundations for their projects. Today there are more than ten courses in the Los Cabos area, with even more currently being developed.
A master development plan was created for Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo with the support of FONATUR, the government agency in charge of the creation and supervision of tourism related megaprojects in Mexico. This plan started to materialize in June of 1988, when the golf course "Campestre San Jose del Cabo" (today known as The Mayan Golf Club) opened for business.
In addition to this, construction began on a golf course for the hotel One and Only Palmilla in 1986, and was opened to the public in 1992. The man behind this project was Don Koll, an American businessman who bought the hotel in 1986 after having stayed there in the '60s; he also acquired a great deal of land around the property, both by the ocean and in the mountains. This was how the Palmilla Golf Course became the only course with 27 holes in Los Cabos, nine of which feature an impressive ocean front location.
The arid terrain at the halfway point between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas was where numerous business men, in particular Eduardo Sanchez Navarro, heir of the Mexican company Grupo Corona, placed their hopes. In 1982 work began on a project called Cabo Real Beach and Golf Resort, which now houses golf courses that have played host to world championships. The spectacular El Dorado golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1999, was also built here. Six of the 18 holes at El Dorado are located by the ocean, featuring stunning views, with the Sea of Cortez serving as a beautiful backdrop to a wonderful day's golf.
The second project in Los Cabos, Cabo del Sol, was also a Don Koll creation. The course opened in 1994, and just one year later it played host to the Senior Slam, before having the honor of doing so once more in 1998. This course was partly designed and approved by golf professional Jack Nicklaus, who stated that it has the best final three holes. Cabo del Sol was voted in at number 70 on a list by the publication Golf Digest.
Featuring a breathtaking location, that includes the desert, the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Ocean, and the mountains, both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer lovers of this sophisticated sport an experience they will never forget. The spectacular golf courses set on the tourist corridor between these two traditional cities can be counted among the best in the world, and have repeatedly hosted major Mexican and international tournaments.Written by César Lozano Díaz