Cabo Real Golf Club was first opened for play in December 1994. This extraordinary golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., immediately gained worldwide recognition upon opening. The championship golf course is highlighted by its three spectacular ocean front holes. The dramatic natural beauty of these holes were captured at its best during the 1996 PGA Senior Grand Slam, when television fans around the world were treated to an amazing performance by whales who were breaching just yards away from these amazing holes.
Three years later, Cabo Real hosted its 2nd PGA Senior Grand Slam, as the pros were eager to once again experience the unique blend of canyons, mountains, and ocean golf.
Cabo Real is one of the stars of the San Jose del Cabo – Cabo San Lucas corridor. As Trent Jones Jr. remarked, “I attempted to create a high-quality course to look as though it had been entirely designed by the landscape itself, in which each hole provides an ocean view”. This process resulted in a layout that blends into the environment, so that desert hues, fairways and greens, hills, mountains and the ocean all form a harmonious pattern. It might be fair to say that the architect has more discovered the course that designed it.
Cabo Real offers a rich blend of golfing excitement; in fact, its front nine is arguably the best course in Mexico. Players head towards the mountains during the first six holes, testing their skills on a course that is difficult, but adheres to the notion of risk and reward. The first and third holes are both par five and require two good strokes to reach the green, although failed attempts are heavily penalized. The fifth, a long par four, offers a tempting view of the left-hand side of the fairway, but demands a perfect tee shot to the right over a ravine to stay out of trouble.
While all three have interesting features, the ninth is a par four of respectable length and an extensive 51 by 125 yard green protected by a lake that is home to regional marine birdlife.
The less complicated back nine runs down to the ocean on the fourteenth and continues on parallel with the coastline through the fifteenth before returning to the clubhouse at of the sixteenth. Note the twelfth in this sequence, a descending par three with a high mountain teeing ground, offering a wonderful view of the fairways, the Sea of Cortés and an invariably cloudless sky. The fifteenth, a short and apparently innocent par three aligned with the beach, suddenly becomes implacable once the wind begins to blow.
After reaching the course’s most pintoresc holes, the final three holes return us
to the club house.