Palmilla GC- Mountain, Arroyo & Ocean nines

Palmilla GC- Arroyo course- Hole 7 greenPalmilla GC- Arroyo course- Hole 7 green

 Palmilla GC has 27 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus and is located near San Jose del Cabo.

The three nines are named: Mountain, Arroyo, and Ocean- and the club has cards printed for each combination.

My understanding is that the Mountain/Arroyo combo is the local favourite, perhaps because the ocean nine plays a little harder.

The Mountain and Arroyo nines were completed in 1991, and the Ocean nine a little later

The Ocean course has also endured some changes since inception, but I thought it was an interesting and challenging set of holes


The Mountain course starts well with an elevated tee shot to a solid desert hole- however the first thing that struck me about the initial holes was that they were predominantly flat!

The par 5 fourth hole around a lake was nice, but that was forgotten when we arrived at the fifth tee and realised we had to hit diagonally across a deep canyon twice to get to the hole...

Palmilla GC- Mountain Course- hole 5Palmilla GC- Mountain Course- hole 5

It is certainly a unique and challenging hole, and memorable...

But the fun was only beginnning- the par 3 sixth hole also had a long canyon carry to a green on a ledge

 Palmilla GC: Mountain Course- hole 6Palmilla GC: Mountain Course- hole 6

The Arroyo nine continued the drama, albeit intermiitently, using the desert landscpae to advantage.

I liked the par 3 fifth hole which again used a canyon well.

The par 5 seventh hole also required a long canyon carry off the tee.


The Ocean course includes some cracking holes:

The long par 4 third hole is certainly a challenge- and looks great with the green right on the beachfront.

Palmilla GC: Ocean Course- hole 3Palmilla GC: Ocean Course- hole 3

And the par 3 holes at holes four and six also impressed.


Palmilla is not far from the San Jose airport and an ideal starting or finishing point for a dream week of golf at Cabo del Sol where you will likely get warm weather, blue skies, and little wind



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