The golf craze in Cabo started when none other than legendary Jack Nicklaus focused his attention on golf course design for this beautiful waterfront destination. His layouts at Palmilla, Eldorado and Cabo del Sol are surely part of what inspired another legend - Tiger Woods - to compete in the category of design, while simultaneously trying to better Nicklaus's record-book wins.
Davis Love III's Diamante Dunes course has been ranked as Mexico's best. — Photo courtesy of Diamante Cabo San Lucas
To learn more about Woods' latest project, we headed to Davis Love III-designed Diamante Dunes, which opened in 2009 to immediate acclaim. Ranked as the best course in Mexico by Golf Digest, and the 58th best course in the world by GOLF Magazine, Diamante's reputation has already surpassed that of top Los Cabos layouts like Palmilla Golf Club and Cabo del Sol's Ocean Course, which have also cracked the century mark in annual rankings by the sport's prestige publications.
The links-style Diamante Dunes is certainly spectacular, but Diamante, an upscale oceanfront development located north of Cabo San Lucas on Baja Sur's Pacific Coast, isn't resting on its laurels. The world's top ranked golfer, 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, is now designing a second course that will serve as a centerpiece for Diamante's newest resort community.
Tiger Woods has signed on to design Diamante's second course, El Cardonal. — Photo courtesy of Diamante Cabo San Lucas
The new Woods-designed El Cardonal course is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2014. Like the Love III designed Dunes course, which will be contiguous to its new neighbor, El Cardonal measures about 7,300 yards from the tips. Unlike the Dunes course, however, which showcases a Scottish-style links layout, Woods' vision for El Cardonal harkens back to the loops he grew up playing on in Southern California.
El Cardonal will be the big draw for Diamante's newest community, which will include more than 200 residences, but owners and vacation club members will also have access to retail shopping, restaurants, an arcade, water park, spa and fitness center, and a family-friendly sports training complex.
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