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Los Cabos Golf Courses Better Than Ever in Wake of Storm

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Sept. 21, 2016) – Hurricane Newton, a tropical cyclone that made landfall in Los Cabos in early September, whipped the tip of the Baja Peninsula with high winds and drenched the desert with rain, but caused only minor damage to the destination’s golf courses. Now that repairs have been made and debris removed from the greens, tees and fairways, all of the golf courses in Los Cabos have reopened for play. Not only can golfers enjoy emerald-green fairways and a lusher desert setting in the weeks ahead, a few of the clubs have pressed ahead with exciting new projects and major renovations.

First-hand accounts given by principals and directors of golf at several top facilities in Los Cabos indicated that the storm came and went quickly.

Ken Jowdy, CEO and Founder of Diamante, said that while Hurricane Newton was a nuisance, “Diamante’s Dunes and El Cardonal golf courses were lucky to sustain only minor damage from the high winds and precipitation. Overall, the golf course damage was minimal compared to Hurricane Odile two years ago and required only debris and landscape cleanup. Our golf course maintenance crews were able to get both courses open and ready for play within four days of the storm. Luckily for the Dunes Course, we were in the middle of our annual maintenance shutdown week which allowed for additional grow-in time prior to the reopening.”

Jowdy also noted that the storm had no effect on two highly anticipated additions at Diamante. The top-rated Dunes Course, he said, will welcome a new par-3 10th hole this month and will also replace the current 18th hole. “Even more exciting is the opening of Cabo’s first par-3 course—the Oasis Short Course designed by Tiger Woods Design,” said Jowdy. “We are currently in the grassing and grow-in stage which was unaffected by the storm, and we expect to open that course on Dec. 9 of this year.”

Greg Tallman, Director of Golf at Cabo del Sol, the landmark 36-hole facility with designs by Jack Nicklaus (Ocean Course) and Tom Weiskopf (Desert Course), said the club did not sustain any significant damage from the storm. “We were able to open after a single day dedicated to cleanup along our stretch of oceanfront holes,” Tallman reported. “Beyond that, a fair amount of vegetation has required righting or removal and that process is nearly completed.” Most importantly, he said the storm “had no impact on our renovation program on the Ocean Course, which will be completed as scheduled by the end of September.”  

 “We didn’t sustain too much damage,” reported Jason Ballog, General Manager and Director of Golf at Palmilla Golf Club, the Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole facility that was completely refurbished in the wake of Hurricane Odile in 2014. “The only clean-up involved the removal of debris from downed vegetation and the reshaping of arroyos that washed out from the rushing water. Other than that, the course survived with minimal damage.” Ballog noted that the club has renovated three of the four lakes on the course over the past two years, with the remodeling of the fourth lake to be completed in 2017. He said Palmilla will be in top shape for the Jack Nicklaus Cup Matches scheduled to be played at the club from Oct 24 - 26.

According to Sergio Castillo, Director of Golf Operations for Questro Golf, "Tropical Storm Newton did not cause any significant damage at any of our Questro Golf courses, including Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real and Club Campestre San Jose. The storm hit Los Cabos in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 6, and we were able to open our facilities on Wednesday and were able to handle the ‘itch’ that resident and visiting golfers had from not being able to play the two days’ prior because of the rain. Our crews were able to clean up the blown debris (leaves, branches, trees, etc.) and get the courses open for play very quickly.” 

Brian McCallen
Golf Public Relations
Los Cabos Tourism Board

 

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Quivira Golf Course hosted the Los Cabos 5th Merecedes Benz Trophy Tournament 2015

With great success the 5th consecutive golf tournament of the Los Cabos Mercedes Trophy 2015 concluded. Held at the impressive and spectacular Quivira golf course, designed by the legendary Golde Bear Jack Nicklaus and facing the Pacific ocean. Quivira is considered the best new course in the world in 2015 according to the recognized publication Golf Magazine. The history of this tournament goes back thirteen years and it has had more than 50,000 participant players worldwide, every year looking to reach the final destination: Stuttgart, Germany. In Mexico the tournament takes place in ten different golf courses and on ten different dates, finishing at the national final in August at El Tigre Golf Club in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The welcome cocktail and the official presentation took place in the exclusive restaurant El Templo located in Cabo San Lucas and was opened to sponsors and participants who also own some type of model of Mercedes Benz. The next day very early at Quivira golf course, 130 golfers gathered and warmed up to begin the golf tournament at exactly 8:00 am. It was a great day of good golf, sunshine and friendship, enjoying wonderful Los Cabos scenery and weather.

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"The Art Of Taste", Fourth Annual Culinary Festival, was a success

The fourth annual Food & Wine Festival, debuting this year as ‘The Art of Taste’ from July 15-19, 2015, was a four-day epicurean adventure showcasing internationally renowned chefs, wine makers and top mixologists. The festival started with a seaside reception with Boutique Vintners showcasing their wines and perfectly paired canapés prepared by the guest chefs. Additional event highlights was include with interactive chef-led cooking demonstrations, a tour at one of Baja’s most notable organic farms, a tequila seminar, wine and cheese tastings, a beach barbeque, a specialty five-course dinner with each course individually crafted by a different chef, and a celebratory after-party. The highlight of the festival was the re-creation of a mercado (or open air market) showcasing unique Mexican street food and the other components of the mercado – from jewelry to pottery to authentic entertainment and performers.

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2nd Annual Green Fest in Cabo - Oct 9 & 10, 2015

Los Cabos Green Fest is the first sustainable festival combining entertainment, sports, and outreach on environmental awareness issues. Green Fest provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to interact with and learn about the environment in a unique, engaging way. Green Fest will feature conferences and workshops dedicated to sustainability issues, at which local and U.S. based companies may introduce and offer sustainable products and services. Green Fest will also host concerts and performances by international artists at which participants will help power the stage using Pedal Power energy-generating bikes. Other events include Yoga Masters, EcoTrail Run, the first annual SUP Cup, Beach Soccer Cup, and many other unforgettable experiences.

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Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, Oct 13 - 17

This tournament hosts fishing in various sections for the biggest blue, black and striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo (ocean baracuda) and dorado. Aside from the fishing, parties and a generous prize purse make this one of the best events of its kind.

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Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament, October 20 - 24

A dramatic shotgun start kicks off this fishing tournament featuring big cash prizes. Anglers from all over the world converge on Los Cabos to compete for record marlin.

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