Palmilla Golf Club
The first Jack Nicklaus Signature course in Latin America, Palmilla’s Mountain and Arroyo nines set the stage for top-shelf golf in Los Cabos when the core 18 opened in 1992. Chiseled into in a box-shaped canyon framed by stark brown peaks, Palmilla was the first course in the hemisphere to partake of the region’s mountain, desert and ocean ecosystem.
Routed around cactus-covered hills, boulder-strewn arroyos and vast waste bunkers, the layout’s five sets of tees provide admirable versatility. An upland spread featuring spectacular ocean views, Palmilla is framed by multi-armed cardon cacti—a cousin of the saguaro, only taller—as well as a low forest of desert trees and smaller cacti. Several holes calling for heroic carries over no man’s land from the back tees, but broad terraced fairways, generous bail-out areas and open-entry greens accommodate players of lesser attainment.
The Ocean nine, added in 1997, features a 600-foot elevation change from the first tee to the sixth green, carrying players from the mountains to the sea.
The golf club is five minutes from One&Only Palmilla, a legendary hideaway built in 1956 by the son of a former president of Mexico. The hotel was later transformed by South African entrepreneur Sol Kerzner into a world-class resort. This elite retreat, a favorite of Hollywood A-listers, extends onto a rocky promontory that juts into the azure-blue sea. The resort’s beaches are among the few in Los Cabos where the water is calm enough for swimming. This lushly landscaped property reigns as the grand dame of Cabo’s 5-star hotels.
- “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas,” Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award, 2020
- The par-4 fifth hole on the Mountain nine calls for a forced carry over a canyon-like arroyo on the drive, with the approach played over the same arroyo to an amphitheater-style green.
- Holes 6, 7 and 8 on the Arroyo nine, known locally as “Amen Corner,” each presents a scintillating test.
- The par-4 fourth hole on the Ocean nine drops sharply to a broad fairway and a beachfront green framed by tall palms.
Green fees range from $75 to $220 plus tax for outside public play, depending on season and time of day. Golf packages with preferred rates are available to guests of One&Only Palmilla.
Resort / Public
27 holes; Arroyo / Mountain, 6,939 yards, par 72 (73.7/138)
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