The names are legendary. Jack Nicklaus, aka the Golden Bear, remains golf's greatest champion, with eighteen grand slam victories. Greg Norman, nicknamed the Great White Shark, was the winner of two majors and stood atop the world's rankings for the better part of a decade. One of Los Cabos' most interesting layouts, Puerto Los Cabos, is a collaboration between these living legends, a rigorous and challenging loop that winds through desert and mountain terrains, and offers spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez.
Puerto Los Cabos is one of the area's signature courses, and offers spectacular seaside views. — Photo courtesy of Puerto Los Cabos
Greg Norman designed the front nine Mission Course, utilizing a minimalist approach that highlights the rugged and beautiful landscape. Norman's signature hole is the par three 6th, which features gorgeous views from the elevated tee box, and requires a precision iron shot that must hold the two-tiered green after falling from the equivalent of a ten story building. It's the neatest hole on the course and a great place to make a closest to the hole bet with your playing partners.
Nicklaus is the godfather of golf in Los Cabos and has designed several of the area's signature loops, including two, Palmilla Golf Club and Cabo Del Sol's Ocean Course, that have been ranked among the world's top 100 layouts. The back nine Ocean course at Puerto Los Cabos is Nicklaus at his best, showcasing plenty of elevation changes, uneven lies, difficult approaches and devilish greens. The 15th hole is one of the most memorable, a scenic par three that runs along an isolated beach, offering magnificent seaside vistas and the occasional glimpse of breaching humpback whales.