The Takeaway: Like Coeur d’Alene Resort and its floating green in Northern Idaho, TPC Danzante Bay hangs its reputation on a single hole; and a great one it is. And while there are some other good holes to enjoy, the course as a whole doesn’t quite live up to the hype that the marketing can lead on. The surrounding mountain range, Sea of Cortez views, great conditioning, and 15 minutes tee times add to the experience but in the end TPC Danzante Bay isn’t quite a top 10 course in Mexico. Grade B+
Designer: Rees Jones in 2017
Cost: $99.00 - $210.00 Click for current rates
Phone Number: U.S. (800) 790-4187 or Mexico 01 (800) 838-2662
Course Website: Official Website - Visit TPC Danzante Bay's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Carretera Transpeninsular Km 84, Danzante Bay, Loreto, BCS 23880
Accolades: Ranked 4th in Baja California Sur and 4th in Mexico by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: Located 5 ½ hours north of the golf rich community of Cabo San Lucas, TPC Danzante Bay is giving golfers another reason to take a trip to Mexico's desert peninsula. The course is set outside the fishing town of Loreto where the La Giganta (The Gigantic) mountain range, an extension of the Sierra Mountains, compliments the setting where desert meets ocean. This Rees Jones layout, like Cascata outside of Las Vegas, has holes going up and down canyons while also featuring a few holes on the flat land. The feature that stands out most is how flat and true the greens are. You feel like you can roll in a putt from anywhere and if PGA Tour players ever converged on Danzante Bay I’m totally convinced they would have record weeks in total length of putts made and fewest putts for a tournament. The start of each nine is a bit lackluster while the middle set of holes for each nine ramps things up with elevation changes, exciting design features, and risk/reward opportunities. The hole that everyone comes to play is the world class 17th which is a gettable par three perched on a cliff edge with sparkling salt water and rock formations creating the impressive backdrop. This hole rounds out a great collection of one-shotters with the 3rd and 13th being the pro’s two favorite holes on the course when quizzed on the subject. The course is kept in great shape which is assisted by the fact that tee times are spaced out every 15 minutes with Monday - Wednesday being busier than the weekends. Ultimately TPC Danzante Bay is a good course and worth playing, although it came in slightly under expectations for the amount of hype the facility has received.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 178 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 3rd Hole – 207 Yards
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 520 Yards
Best Par 5: 5th Hole – 611 Yards
Birdie Time: 2nd Hole – 546 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 16th Hole – 345 Yard Par 4