The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, opened in 2001, marked designer Tom Weiskopf’s architectural debut in Latin America. Renowned for his masterful creations in desert environments, Weiskopf routed the course high above the 1,800-acre resort community’s Ocean Course, with each hole offering a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortes. Broad landing areas and minimal forced carries ensure an enjoyable experience for higher handicappers, yet the course is tournament-class from the tips. Putting surfaces, defended by large sculpted bunkers, feature long slopes, subtle rolls and distinctive tiers.
A strategic, well-balanced layout marked by an enticing blend of long and short holes, the Desert Course takes golfers on a roller-coaster ride through rock-strewn, cactus-covered mountain foothills, with several holes skirting canyon-like barrancas. Fairways are framed by tall, multi-armed cardon cacti and angular, peeling torote trees. The variety of cacti on this upland spread—barrel, cholla, galloping, organ pipe—is impressive.
Among the layout’s signature holes is the par-4 18th, a picturesque downhill hole with the Sea of Cortes flooding the horizon beyond the green. Off the tee, golfers must avoid a meandering creek that runs along the entire left side of the fairway before crossing the approach area and cascading into a lake that guards the front and right side of the green.
Shot-for-shot, golf aficionados rank the Desert Course among the finest and most complete tests of golf in Los Cabos.0