The Takeaway: Despite extinguishing its photogenic signature hole on the ocean in favor of erecting a beach club in its place, the Ocean course at Cabo del Sol is a fantastic offering and easily one of best courses in Mexico. The Nicklaus design feels like Jack’s handiwork with deep bunkers, challenging approach shots, and exhilarating tee balls complimented by pristine conditioning. Don’t leave this course off your Cabo itinerary. Grade A
Designer: Jack Nicklaus in 1994
Cost: $195.00 - $395.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: +52 624 145 6300 or US 1-866-231-4677
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Cabo del Sol (Ocean)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Cabo del Sol Km 10.3 Carretera Transpeninsular, Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Accolades: Ranked 3rd in Baja California Sur and 3rd in Mexico by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: The Ocean course at Cabo del Sol enjoyed a 15 year run as the undisputed best course in Mexico. With the additions of the Dunes course at Diamante and Nicklaus' Quivira design, the Ocean course suddenly found itself in a dogfight for the number one spot in Cabo let alone all of Mexico. The setting of desert meeting ocean is a welcome one with players being taken down to the water on each nine. The course features plenty of elevated tees, beautiful ocean views, excellent conditioning, and memorable hole designs. The back to back par threes on the front nine along the Sea of Cortez quickly highlight the front nine routing with a member of the staff waiting to take a photo of your foursome. The signature hole was formerly the 17th which was a stunning one-shotter over ocean water along a white sand beach to a peninsula green. In late 2018 the hole was removed and a beach house began construction to take advantage of the beautiful setting. While it was surely an unfortunate blow to the golf course, there are still plenty of great holes to enjoy including the incredible finishing hole that contends as one of the best closers in the country. Ultimately the course feels like a typical Nicklaus design with plenty of forced carries, deep bunkers, and challenging hole designs that require you to be on your 'A' game to score well on. It may no longer be the king of Cabo, but it should absolutely be played on your visit to Mexico. On a side note, players will enjoy complimentary tacos at the turn as well as drinks during their round.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 430 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 6th Hole – 184 Yards
Best Par 4: 17th Hole – 447 Yards
Best Par 5: 4th Hole – 555 Yards
Birdie Time: 7th Hole – 139 Yard Par 3
Bogey Beware: 5th Hole – 490 Yard Par 4