Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are considered by most to be the only two real contenders for the title of “best golfer of all time” and as of late last month,Cabo San Lucas is now home to newest Nicklaus-designed course at the Quivira Golf Club,as well as Tiger’s very first course,El Cardonal.
“There is more than a touch of irony that the “Golden Bear’s” latest in a long list of projects opened a mere 12 days before Woods christened El Cardonal at Diamante,” writes Bob Harig for ESPN.
It’s a fitting locale,considering Cabo has inspired legends from other realms,including Jacques Cousteau and Nobel Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck,not to mention that the U.N. has dubbed 244 islands and surrounding areas in the nearby Sea of Cortez to be a World Heritage Site.
“The Baja setting is a fitting spot for legends to face-off,” writes the Toronto Star. “It is a mystical place,he spot where the cresting waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez slip together,where jagged rock arches erupt from the sea and whales breach in the warm Pacific waters.”
Of course,the area known collectively as Los Cabos – which includes Cabo San Lucas and the adjacent town of San Jose del Cabo – is also famous worldwide for it’s world-class shopping,the many beachside bars lining the waterfront and its many fine restaurants.
Quivira Golf Club
The Nicklaus-designed course at the Quivira Golf Club is the “Golden Bear’s” sixth course in the Cabo San Lucas area and his 23rd in Mexico. It winds through a magnificent stretch of coastal property that begins near the edge of the Pacific and climbs up through the cliffs,canyons and desert terrain that make this area so unforgettable.
“Of all the Nicklaus tracks I have played,Quivira has to be near the top for smashing scenery and memorable holes,” writes Katharine Dyson for TravelGolf.com,who was there the day it officially opened. “I was distracted more than once searching out to sea for breaching whales.”
The fifth and sixth holes are reportedly quite remarkable,rising from the rocks with greens that seem to be perched precariously above the ocean below. There is a castle perched on the edge of the sand below the seventh,while overall the course is characterized by wide fairways and elevated trees with sandy bunkers and tall rocks stacked in the landing area,with greens seemingly carved out of the rocky cliffs.
“The accolades for Quivira have already begun,” writes the Toronto Star. “Golf Magazine has named Quivira as the Best New International Course of 2014 and has voted Nicklaus as the Architect of the Year.”
Backed by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and boasting breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean,with fairways angled through the naturally shaggy sand dunes and crisp arroyos,Tiger Woods’ El Cardonal is located within Cabo’s luxurious Diamante community,which is also home to an award-winning seaside course designed by Davis Love III.
“The [El Cardonal] course stretches to more than 7,300 yards,so it is challenging for the heavy-hitters,but is very playable for mere mortals,with five sets of tee boxes,wide fairways and greens that are mostly open at the fronts so golfers can run the ball up to the flag,” writes the Toronto Star.
According to the Chicago Tribune,Woods didn’t design the course to challenge players of his or Nicklaus’ caliber,but instead thought of the high handicappers. Still,the course is bound to keep your interest,with its many carefully placed dunes and arroyos.
“I want people to come back and play this course again instead of getting beat up because it was brutally difficult,” Woods shared.
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