The Takeaway: The Dunes course is special. You aren’t there long before a smile emerges on your face as you know you’ve discovered one of the best courses in the world. The commanding dunes and sparkling ocean views combine with top shelf architecture to create an experience superior to any other in Mexico. Not including the Dunes on a golf trip Cabo trip is a nearly unforgivable mistake. Grade A+
Designer: Davis Love III in 2009
Phone Number: U.S. (866) 901-1456 or Mexico +52 (624) 172-5812
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Diamante (Dunes)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Boulevard Diamante, Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23473
Accolades: Ranked 1st in Baja California Sur and 1st in Mexico by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: The Dunes at Diamante is the prime example of how good golf in Mexico can be. The Davis Love III design does a brilliant job of embracing the undulated terrain, ocean views, and sand dunes to create a golf experience that is as pure and natural feeling as you'll find. The large dunes on the property give the course a different look and feel compared to what you'd typically find in a desert setting and feels like a European links in a warm location. Every hole at The Dunes is engaging is its design and compelling in the way it plays. In fact, I kept finding myself excited to see what was coming up next but thoroughly enjoying the hole I was currently on. While El Cardonal gets a lot of attention for the width of its fairways, the short grass at Dunes is only slightly narrower and offers plenty of room off the tee which helps accommodate the wind when it picks up. From a conditioning standpoint, you won't be disappointed as the course is maintained in excellent shape and is a pleasure to play from. Really the only downside to the course is the newly constructed Hard Rock and Nobu hotels that have taken away from the views and atmosphere of the course and are a quick dash of reality that you haven't actually made it to heaven. Unrelated to the golf course design and play, the comfort stations on the course are a nice perk from an experience standpoint where you can find snacks, drinks, and homemade tamales. Carts and caddies are also available for players to take on the course. In the end, the Dunes at Diamante is deserving of its spot on Top 100 World lists and its designation as the best course in Mexico. It is the type of course where time flies by way too fast and you can hardly wait to tee it up there again for another crack at playing such good hole designs.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 175 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 2nd Hole – 252 Yards
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 507 Yards
Best Par 5: 13th Hole – 516 Yards
Birdie Time: 6th Hole – 488 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 7th Hole – 292 Yard Par 3