Destination Golf: Los Cabos

As the holidays fade from memory and winter transitions from a festive backdrop to the bleak, interminable season that it is, perhaps you’re thinking it’s time to go somewhere. Anywhere. With plenty of golf and year-round warm weather, Los Cabos has much to offer a snowbound golfer.

The Tourist Corridor of Los Cabos, Mexico, a 20-mile stretch that runs from San Jose del Cabo south to Cabo San Lucas, houses eight golf courses, six of which are championship courses. When the average golfer hears “championship course,” two words immediately come to mind—difficult and expensive. Although the Los Cabos courses may prove more challenging than a typical municipal course, players of all abilities can have enjoyable experiences worthy of the pricey greens fees.

The championship golf courses of Los Cabos are not beyond the abilities of an average handicapper. Players have their choice of different teeing areas, so there is a course layout that will benefit golfers of any experience level. In addition to challenging their game, golfers will also experience a unique playing opportunity when they decide to tackle the Los Cabos courses.

Unless you are from a desert region, the landscape of these courses will be vastly different from your home course. The championship courses are lush green oases in the middle of the desert. In fact, hit your ball too far off the mark, and you may find yourself with a difficult lie in that desert landscape. With fairways and narrow roughs quickly giving way to rocks and scrub, it isn’t uncommon to hear desert critters skittering for cover if you wander off the grass.

The giants of golf course design—Tom Weiskopf, Robert Trent Jones II, Jack Nicklaus, and the Dye Corporation—designed the memorable Los Cabos courses. These world-renowned designers worked with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape to create some spectacular views. Los Cabos is bordered by the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. You can view both of them from many of the area courses. Cabo Pacifica alone boasts seven oceanside holes and eleven more with ocean views. Cabo del Sol offers an Ocean course and a Desert course. Even if a course gets the best of your golf game, you’ll still get to experience some beautiful (and decidedly unsnowy) landscapes.

If the championship courses and breathtaking views aren’t enough to convince you to travel to Los Cabos, perhaps the weather will change your mind. Los Cabos offers golfers plenty of warm weather and sunshine all year long. High temperatures generally range from the 70s to the 80s throughout the year. The two-month low season, August and September, heats up to the 90s. As for rain, there isn’t much in Los Cabos. The average annual rainfall is less than seven inches and occurs mostly during the low season, which also coincides with hurricane season.

If you do decide you need to break out the clubs this winter, websites such as CheapOair-Logo make it easier to escape to Los Cabos. CheapOair offers deals on airfare and hotels, which can ease the pain of high greens fees. As with golf courses, the Tourist Corridor has no shortage of luxury resorts. Many of the area courses are affliliated with the resorts, such as One&Only Palmilla and Casa del Mar Golf Resort & Spa. After battling it out on the course, you can retreat to your resort for an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Close your eyes. Envision stepping on a plane dressed in three layers of clothes and a parka. Now see yourself getting off the plane in your cutest golf outfit. Watch in your mind’s eye as you fly off, leaving a snow-covered, lifeless locale, and land in a mountainous desert surrounded by the breathtaking Sea of Cortez, only minutes away from your choice of championship golf courses. Ready to go?

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