Bandon Preserve

Bandon, Oregon

Diamante (El Cardonal) (Cabo San Lucas, BCS)

Diamante (El Cardonal) logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  El Cardonal encourages swinging away off the tee with spacious driving widths that are countered with plenty of bunkers and death if you leave the short grass. The length and undulated greens will test the best of players while the ocean views deliver eye candy to every level of golfer. El Cardonal is one of the best courses in Cabo, but clearly second fiddle to its older sister, the Dunes course, at Diamante.  Grade B+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Tiger Woods in 2014

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  U.S. (866) 901-1456 or Mexico +52 (624) 172-5812

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Diamante (El Cardonal)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - Boulevard Diamante, Cabo San Lucas, BCS  23473

Photos:  See additional photos of Diamante (El Cardonal)

Accolades:  Ranked 5th in Baja California Sur and 5th in Mexico by Golf Course Gurus.

What to Expect:  Despite being commissioned to do other courses first, El Cardonal at Diamante is the first course that Tiger Woods completed. The second course at Diamante (world renowned Ocean course being first), El Cardonal is characterized by wide fairways, plenty of bunkers, and large undulated greens. Though there are some short par fours, you'll rarely be tempted to hit anything but driver on the non-par threes giving the width of the short grass and confidence it breeds. On a calm day you almost can't miss a fairway but when the wind is up, which it often is, then things get tough quick and leaving the fairway often results in a lost ball. The difficulty in the course comes from the overall length combined with the pin placements. There are some pins that could prove to be absolutely diabolical to contend with but enough real estate on the greens that would allow easy pins as well. The course is kept in good shape and you'll enjoy rolling your putts, taking note that balls tend to roll towards the water. In the end, El Cardonal is a solid track with good strategy but lacks the character and memorability of its sister course. There are few times you'll find yourself mesmerized by a hole while at the Dunes there are only few times you don't find yourself mesmerized. Caddies and carts are both available while the comfort stations will keep your appetite satisfied throughout the round. As a side note, the coconut balls are ridiculously good and I find myself wanting to go back just for those.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
I 72 7363 76.3 143
II 72 6876 73.8 137
III 72 6291 71.3 130
IV 72 5446 67.2 119
V (Women) 72 4827 67.5 112

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  11th Hole – 189 Yard Par 3

11th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (189 Yard Par 3)
11th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (189 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  9th Hole – 200 Yards

9th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (200 Yard Par 3)
9th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (200 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  15th Hole – 462 Yards

15th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (462 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (462 Yard Par 4)

15th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (462 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (462 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  18th Hole – 537 Yards

18th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (537 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (537 Yard Par 5)

18th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (537 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (537 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  1st Hole – 541 Yard Par 5

1st Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (541 Yard Par 5)
1st Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (541 Yard Par 5)

1st Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (541 Yard Par 5)
1st Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (541 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  4th Hole – 483 Yard Par 4

4th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (483 Yard Par 4)
4th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (483 Yard Par 4)

4th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (483 Yard Par 4)
4th Hole at Diamante (El Cardonal) (483 Yard Par 4)

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