Cabo Real GC was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr in the 1980’s as part of a massive real estate development.
The public access course has had the nines reversed and now starts quietly winding down the mountain from the clubhouse until the par 4 5th hole touches the sea- the remainder of the nine heads back up the mountain.
I knew that the course had originally included a hole along the beach which was sold off for development at an exhorbitant price, and that a new hole had been added in it's place..
At this stage in proceedings I was thinking that Cabo was a pleasant resort style course with a couple of interesting holes...
that is...until I played the back nine!
The back nine is a different story altogether as the course heads into higher terrain with more elevation change through the holes, great views- all beautifully framed by the cactus, desert and mountains…
The holes are varied, picturesque, strategic and challenging, and I was impressed.
Notable holes include:
- The par 4 5th hole with green on the beach
- the par 4 11th hole with rising turning fairway well protected by bunkers and and elevated tabletop green
- the picturesque and challenging par 5 12th hole
- the testing par 4 14th hole with its long gully carry off the tee
- the tricky dogleg par 4 17th hole
- the slightly whacky par 4 finishing hole with a shallow, but very very wide (85 metres) green with an all water carry for the approach…
Cabo Real exceeded my expectations, and should be on everyone’s itinerary for golfing in Cabo!!
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