If you could play golf anywhere in the world, where would you go? A lot of people would say Baja. In the last decade or so, the number of championship courses on the skinny Mexican peninsula have exploded. Courses now stretch the entire length of Baja, with more than a dozen courses in Cabo and nearby East Cape.
An estimated 8.2 million golfers travel to destination courses each year. If you’re ready to try out a golf resort East Cape, we have a list of the top five resorts to consider:
1. Costa Palmas Golf Course
One of the newest golf courses in Baja is the Costa Palmas Golf Course. This crisp, elegant course is an impressive golf resort East Cape that showcases the Sea of Cortez coastline, natural sand dunes, and the rustic desert. You can play the entire 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., or plan a shorter excursion by playing the walkable six-hole loop.
You’ll find an al fresco dining experience, Bouchie’s, near the practice green, which is ideal for a snack or a drink after your game.
This golf resort in East Cape is part of a larger, affluent community with private beachside villas, a Four Seasons Resort, a yacht-ready marina, multiple pools, and a two-mile beach that’s swimmable
2. El Cardonal Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas
Just outside of East Cape is a world-renowned course designed by Tiger Woods. The golf legend says the course is set up for every golfer to enjoy since each hole can be played in different ways. Combine the layout with sweeping coastline views and sand dunes, and you’ve got a great day on the greens.
You’ll also find fully-stocked comfort stations along the way, where you can stop for a margarita and a tamale before you play your next hole.
Diamante is actually part of a larger luxury resort with two golf courses, a salt-water pool, spa, and on-site restaurants and bars.
3. Quivira Golf Club
With sharp granite cliffs and windswept dunes, Golf Digest lists Quivira Golf Club as one of the best courses in Mexico – and with good reason. The course is simply stunning. It sits at the southern tip of Baja’s famed peninsula, which means there’s a spectacular view from every hole.
Jack Nicklaus designed the course that challenging but fit for any skill level. It can be a bit windy, and you might lose a few balls to the cliffs, but the entire experience is memorable.
4. Cabo San Lucas Country Club
Most of the courses in and around Cabo have stunning views, but this country club is the only one that has the iconic El Archo (The Arch) in its line of sight. The arch is a natural rock formation that sits at the intersection of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
This beachside course is open to the public and is a visitor favorite. Link-lovers say holes 12 and 14 are a particularly challenging distance of 500+ yards, so be prepared for an end-of-the-round challenge.
5. Puerto Los Cabos
Puerto Los Cabos has a unique setup with three different nine-hole courses. Greg Norman designed two of the courses and the other by Jack Nicklaus. Each one of the courses has a rest station where you’ll find a bartender and a chef churning out great after-play treats.
All of the courses are championship level with great views of the sea and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in the background.
What you need to know about golfing in and around East Cape
No matter which golf resort East Cape you choose, it’s important to know that golfing in Baja is a little different than it is in the states. Here’s what you should know:
Not all of the courses are public
The public golf courses are in a 28-mile stretch of the coastline from Quivira Golf Club, just west of Cabo San Lucas, to Puerto Los Cabos, which is a bit east of San Jose del Cabo. Along this stretch, you’ll find an array of different courses, each with unique layouts, amenities, and prices.
Gaining access to private courses is possible
Many of the resort golf courses are only open to people who live or vacation in the resort. If you want to play a particular course, it’s a good idea to research who’s eligible to play on it. If it’s restricted to residents or visitors staying at an on-site hotel, it may impact where you decide to stay.
For instance, if you want to play the Costa Palmas course, you might consider staying at Four Seasons. Four Seasons is a luxurious hotel located within the Costa Palmas resort community.
Plan for higher costs during the busy season
Like most golf courses, greens fees in Baja are higher during the peak season. At some courses, the difference between the quiet season and the busy season is just $25 or so, but others can differ by $100 or more.
The cheapest round of golf in Cabo runs around $100. Of course, the more prestigious the course, the more expensive the rates are. Some of the elite courses will charge upwards of $300 for a round of golf.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks, plan to go later in the day. Some courses offer discounted rates after 3pm or for “Twilight games.”
You can ship your clubs right to the golf resort East Cape
Avid golfers usually want to take their own clubs to the course, but how do you manage that if you’re traveling to Baja? Rather than renting clubs, you can mail your clubs and have them sent right to the resort. There are several companies that specialize in shipping golf clubs, like ShipSticks.
Bring lightweight, water-wicking clothes
The temperatures in East Cape can be quite toasty, so make sure you’re prepared to play in the warm weather. You’ll want lightweight clothing that’s breathable, preferably in a lighter color, and has some water-resistant features built in.
It can get a little windy on the courses too. Many of them are near the ocean and higher in elevation, so a light jacket is a good idea too.
Whether you’re a golf enthusiast or just like to play a game or two when you travel, there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping courses to try out in East Cape. If you’re interested in learning more about playing the Costa Palmas Golf Course, consider booking your stay at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas.