Golf in Baja
The golf scene in Baja seems to be constantly expanding, with new courses being planned or being built from north to south. With twenty courses already available and more planned or under construction Baja offers golfers many superb options. Los Cabos, on the very tip of the peninsula currently offers the most choices with 12 courses for golfers of all levels to enjoy.
Many of the courses in Baja take advantage of the peninsula’s incredible coastline. In Los Cabos, all of the courses offer players spectacular ocean views and five of the courses have holes that front on either the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez.
La Paz, the popular capital city of Baja California Sur, is finally getting into the golf game with two courses now complete, the newest opened in November of 2010. There is also a beautiful course at Bahia de Los Sueños, less than an hour’s drive from La Paz. There are several more golf courses planned for the La Paz area, whether these will ever happen is anyone’s guess at this time.
Golf Courses in Northern Baja
Tijuana: Club Campestre Tijuana – Downtown Tijuana
This course has been in existence since 1948 and is located right in the middle of Tijuana’s urban jungle. A hillside course that gives off the feel of an old-time country club course, which it is. Designed by Allister McKenzie for golfers of all skill levels, the course is a favorite with Californians due to its close proximity to the U.S. border.
Public Course, 18 holes, 6,579 yards, par 72.
Call toll-free from the U.S. (888) 217-1165
Visit their website: Tijuana Country Club
Near Ensenada/Rosarito Beach:
Real Del Mar: – Toll road Tijuana/Ensenada Km. 19.5
This is the first course south of Tijuana. A target course in the strictest sense of the term. This course is fun and well kept, but it is a challenge because it is laid out in a series of narrow canyons. Even though it is not on the water, you get some very nice views of the Pacific Ocean.
Public Course, 18 holes, 6,400 yards, par 72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (800) 803-6038 From Mexico: (664)-631-3401
Visit their website: Real Del Mar
Bajamar: – Toll road Tijuana/Ensenada Km. 77.5
This unique course is a combination of three differently designed 9-hole courses, by three different designers. 27 holes carved out of the hills and cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The hype of Bajamar is focused on the oceanfront holes, four of them in a row, starting with a spectacular par 3 with a forced carry over a cove, and finishing with a beautiful par 5 with a green sitting just above the crashing surf.
Public Course, 27 holes, 9835 (27 holes) yards, par 71/72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (800) 225-2418
Visit their website: Bajamar
Baja Country Club: – Highway 1 – Seven miles south of Ensenada
This course lies seven miles south of downtown Ensenada on Highway 1. Located at the end of a canyon, which is surrounded by mountains, this beautiful championship golf course was built in 1990. The course has recently been renovated by new owners and is reportedly in very good condition at this time.
Public Course, 18 holes, 6,859 yards, par 72.
Call toll-free from the US 1-866-599-0631
Visit their website: Baja Country Club
Las Caras de México:
Located in northern Baja, on the Sea of Cortez, the course at La Ventana del Mar is located just north of San Felipe. The Las Caras de Mexico (Faces of Mexico) Golf Course is San Felipe’s first golf course. This 18-hole championship course offers players the opportunity to play one of the northern Baja’s newest courses. Designed by Bradford Benz, the golf course combines archeological, historical, and social touches of Mexican culture to combine with the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Public Course, 18 holes, 7,152 yards, par 72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (800) 404-2599 – From México call: (686) 576-0517
Visit their website: Las Caras de Mexico
Another golf course project that was to begin construction, just three miles south of downtown San Felipe. The Baja Diamante project is located adjacent to the big enclosed marina. This was going to be home to northern Baja’s first Nicklaus-designed golf course, a ‘links-style’, 18-hole championship golf course. This project has been in a holding pattern for the last three years due to the economy. Who knows if this will ever really get off the ground. Call their sales center at (866) 341-0167 (U.S. toll-free) for the latest update on the project. It would be nice to see this project completed, as the master plan is seriously spectacular.
Golf Courses in Southern Baja
Loreto, a pleasant fishing and nature lovers destination, offers a golf course that has been around since 1991. Several of the holes are located on the peaceful shores of the Sea of Cortez. This is a great spot for slow players as the course is never crowded and you should never have to wait for a tee time. The course at Loreto has recently been refurbished and reports from visitors have been positive. There is also a very nice tennis club adjacent to the golf course.
Public Course: 18 holes, 7,064 yards, par 72.
Call from Mexico: (613) 133-0788
Paraiso del Mar:
Paraiso del Mar offers an outstanding golf and country club experience. The golf course is a links style course with 3,489 yards on the front nine and 3,550 on the back nine for a total of 7,039 yards from the championship tees. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Arthur Hills and each hole features five sets of tees. The course is located across the bay from the La Paz city center and can be reached by boat. At least, one more course is planned for this development.
Public Course (semi-private), 18 holes, 7,039 yards, par 72.
Call: From the U.S. 011 52 (612) 165-1818 – From Mexico: 612-165-1818
Visit their website: Paraiso del Mar
The golf course at CostaBaja will be the first Gary Player Signature course ever built in Mexico. Now open to the public, this unique course will feature panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez and an innovative design that compliments the unique desert-by-the-sea landscape. This course takes full advantage of the surrounding desert environment, the natural terrain has been incorporated into the design of every hole. Unique and challenging course for the best of golfers while providing a fun and thrilling experience for players of all levels.
Public Course: 18 holes, 7,039 yards, par 72. – Open to the public 7 days a week.
Call: From the U.S. (800) 267-8222 – From Mexico: 612-175-0100 x6301
Visit their website: CostaBaja Resort
Bahia de Los Sueños: (45 minutes east of La Paz)
Tom Doak’s masterful design at the Bahía de los Sueños course takes advantage of the desert terrain by incorporating rocky ridges and wind-carved boulders into an intriguing layout. Add to this the pristine oceanfront topography and impressive views of the Sea of Cortez and you are left with one of the most visually stunning courses on the peninsula. Golf Magazine says: “The variety mesmerizes: the 410-yard 5th is carved through cacti; the green at the 300-yard, par-4 14th is perched on the beach; and the 430-yard 18th concludes in giant white dunes.”
Public Course (semi-private), 18 holes, 6,916 yards, par 72.
Call: Call toll-free from the U.S. (866) 202-0789 – From Mexico: (612) 123-6968
Visit their website: Bahia de Los Suenos
This Davis Love III designed golf course is the newest in Los Cabos and the first to be built on the Pacific coast in southern Baja. The dunes course at Diamante combines the values of the best links layouts in Scotland and Ireland with the year-round tropical weather of Mexico. The course features fantastic views of the Pacific.
Private Course, 18 holes, 7,300 yards, par 72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (866) 901-1456 – From México call: (624) 172-5812
Visit their website: Diamante Dunes
Cabo San Lucas Country Club:
This Roy Dye designed championship course is located just outside of the city of Cabo San Lucas. The convenient location and a nice design combine with the stunning views to make this course a challenge to players of all levels. Featuring gently sloping fairways and more than 80 bunkers, it is not an easy course, and, at 610 yards is home to one of the longest holes in all of Mexico.
Public Course, 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72.
Call: Call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 537-4819 – From Mexico: (612) 145-7100
Cabo del Sol: (2 courses)
The Cabo del Sol ocean course is a Jack Nicklaus signature course that lies on over two kilometers of beautiful oceanfront property between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. With six oceanfront holes, this course is one of most beautiful, and also one of the most difficult in Los Cabos. If you only have a chance to play one course during your Cabo visit, try to make it the Cabo del Sol ocean course.
The Tom Weiskopf-designed desert course, at Cabo del Sol, winds through the desert hillsides above the ocean course. This course uses the dramatic desert backdrop to express its beauty and every hole features views of The Sea of Cortez. Both courses offer discounted golf in the afternoons.
Ocean Course – Public Course, 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72.
Desert Course – Public Course, 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72.
Call from the U.S. 011 52 (624) 145-8200 – From México call: (624) 145-8200
Visit their website: Cabo del Sol
This scenic Robert Trent Jones II designed course follows the desert down from the mountains to the sea. This is a well laid out course that is somewhat demanding, with well-placed sand traps that will challenge the best golfers. That said, the well thought out tee placement makes the course suitable for those with lesser skills. There are incredible views of the Sea of Cortez from every hole, with the 15th hole located right on the beach.
Public Course, 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (877) 795-8727 – From México call: (624) 144-0243
Visit their website: Cabo Real
The El Dorado course, located within the Cabo Real development, is another beautiful Jack Nicklaus signature course that fronts on the Sea of Cortez. This is a private course and is not currently open to the public.
El Dorado Golf & Beach Club – U.S. Office call: (415) 676-5800
A Tom Fazio-designed course that is nestled in the hills just west of San Jose del Cabo. The course features dazzling views of the Sea of Cortez from almost every hole. There is a 12-acre practice area with extensive services for members. Membership is only available to property owners.
Private Course (membership contingent on property ownership), 18 holes, 6,195 yards, par 72.
Call toll free from the U.S. (877) 236-2299 – From México call: (624) 145-6600
Visit their website: Los Cabos Querencia
Palmilla is the home of the very first Jack Nicklaus signature course in Latin America. Three separate courses feature 27 holes of incredible fairways that are laced among the hills and valleys of the exclusive Palmilla resort, just outside of San Jose del Cabo. This beautiful course, with extensive water views, was one of the first championship courses built in Los Cabos. Here you can play a combination of the three different courses and enjoy an almost full day of golf if you are so inclined.
Public Course, 27 holes, length, and par depend on the combination played.
Call from the U.S. 011 52 (624) 144-5250 – From México call: (624) 144-5250
Visit their website: Palmilla
Club Campestre San Jose:
Another new Nicklaus-designed course that is centrally located in San Jose del Cabo close to all hotels and services. This course is spread across the gently rolling foothills of the Sierra del la Laguna Mountains, between the mountains and the sea. The course offers spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez from almost every hole.
Public Course, 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71.
Call toll free from the U.S. (877) 795-8727 – From México call: (624) 173-9300
Visit their website: Club Campestre San Jose
Punta Sur Golf – (formerly Mayan Palace Golf):
This is a great nine-hole course located in the heart of San Jose del Cabo. This was actually the very first golf course in Los Cabos and southern Baja. This is a course for beginner to intermediate players and is also a really great place to learn the game of golf. The course has some ocean views and winds through the condo developments that surround the course.
Public Course, 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35.
Call the U.S. 011 52 (624) 142-0900 – From México call: (624) 142-0900
Puerto Los Cabos:
Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are featured designers of the course at the new marina development in San Jose del Cabo. Nine holes from each famous designer combine to make for a very interesting round of golf. With excellent views of the Sea of Cortez, the surrounding hills, and the new marina, this course will eventually feature 18 holes from each designer. Prepare yourself for a very pleasant golf experience.
Public Course, 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73.
Call toll free from the U.S. (877) 795-8727 – From México call: (624) 173-9300
Visit their website: Puerto Los Cabos
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