Tucked within a 2,000-acre master-planned resort community on the East Cape a short 10-minute drive from the historic downtown area of San Jose del Cabo, Puerto Los Cabos features a rare composite design by two of the sport’s most legendary figures. At present, the club features two distinctive nines designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. (Each nine offers a preview of a future 18-hole layout to be built by each architect). Both layouts are etched into rolling desert foothills backdropped by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, with all 18 holes perched high above the Sea of Cortes, the pristine coastline and the resort’s marina.
The Mission Course, a 3,590-yard, par 36 creation by Norman that serves as the front nine and will one day function as a private club reserved for community homeowners, has over 400 feet of elevation change. With its large, flashed-faced bunkers used to signpost the fairways and defend the greens, the layout reveals Norman’s fondness for Australia’s classic Sandbelt courses.
The club’s 3,871-yard, par 37 Marina Course, by Jack Nicklaus, features rippling fairways, undulating greens and sculpted bunkers. Intended to be the resort course at the development, the Marina Course skirts the new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort and brings players to the sea at the beachside par-3 15th hole, its target a tiny green tucked in the dunes. Amazingly, all of the holes on both nines at Puerto Los Cabos offer expansive panoramic views of the coastline and sea.
A full range of food and beverage (included in green fee) is served at a pair of on- course culinary palapas, complete with bartender and chefs. Visit the Shark’s Cove on the front nine (Mission Course) and then enjoy the Bear’s Den while playing the back nine (Marina Course).