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Check out the golf courses at Cove Club, Diamante in Cabo San Lucas

Diamante Cabo San Lucas

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Booming.

That might be the word used to describe your drive on the downhill – and downwind if you’re lucky – par-5 16th hole at Cove Club that races from the tee box toward the Sea of Cortez.

Booming is also the best word to describe the sheer growth of the game of golf on the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Los Cabos, “the two capes,” is the area book-ended by the twin cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, neighboring towns situated at opposite ends of a 20-mile corridor. This Mexican golf mecca has only been a golf destination for about 30 years. But what’s there now combined with what’s coming guarantees this hotspot will remain a popular locale for years to come. Tourism was up double digits in 2022, a trend that continued the first part of 2023, and several new golf courses are either planned or under construction.

Cabo had but one course in 1987 and there’s 18 now. By 2030, there’s likely to be as many as 25. Almost all are top-shelf venues catering to those looking at golf as a complement to an upscale resort lifestyle.

It’s almost a chicken-or-the-egg discussion: Are golfers flocking to Cabo because of the array of great courses? Or are great courses continuing to sprout up as people seek a home-away-from-home destination with a country club lifestyle replete with all the modern amenities?

That’s most likely a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. When you plan your trip, though, you may want to leave your departure date open-ended. It’s not uncommon for a six-day Cabo trip to become nine days, 12 days, even more. You’ll see what we mean when you get there.

Ease of access

Arrival into the Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo on a recent trip for this Golfweek staffer was a breeze. The direct flight from Phoenix was a little more than two hours. At the taxi stand, where dozens of vacationers waited for their turn to get whisked away, music was blaring and bartenders were pouring.

Yep, it was now Cabo time.

Photos: Tiger Woods, Davis Love III golf courses at Diamante Cabo San Lucas

After finding a ride, a white Chevy Tahoe with dark-tinted windows, a tall, cold slender can of Pacifico beer became the refreshment of choice. The first stop: Diamante Cabo San Lucas

The Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal Golf Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas (Photo: Diamante)

Our driver, Jose, made a good call taking the Los Cabos Toll Road, which cuts across the desert…


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