Jack Nicklaus kickstarted the Los Cabos golfing boom in the early 1990s with superb course designs at Palmilla, Cabo del Sol and El Dorado. In the years since, the area has seen a proliferation of beautifully-crafted layouts from other legendary names, including Greg Norman, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods.
Two local courses are currently ranked in Golf Magazine's list of the world's 100 best: Cabo del Sol's Ocean Course, and the Dunes Course at Diamante. The former is public, the latter is private, although it is possible to play under certain circumstances. In Los Cabos, courses are often key perks in upscale residential communities, and thus may be played by prospective full-time or fractional owners. Nicklaus’ newest course, the spectacular cliffside Quivira, also has some strings attached; but since it is open to guests at all four local Pueblo Bonito hotels, we’ll consider it semi-public for the purposes of this list.
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club is one of the area's oldest courses, and the Roy Dye design offers expansive fairways rimmed with bougainvillea, cardón cactus, and palo blanco trees, as well as some pretty spectacular looks at Land's End and El Arco. Cabo Real has hosted two Senior Grand Slam events, and Puerto Los Cabos offers an interesting conceit: a loop featuring nine-hole layouts from major champions Nicklaus and Greg Norman. For golfers interested in a day-trip destination, yet another major champion, Gary Player, has designed a memorable course at Costa Baja near La Paz.