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The Best Golf Courses in Cabo San Lucas, 2021

Heading down to Cabo and thinking about hitting the links while you’re at it? We went on Yelp to find the best courses down there — here’s our favorites.

By The Smoking Chair Editors  |  2021

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Cabo San Lucas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaβo san ˈlukas], “Saint LukeCape“), or simply Cabo, is a resort city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. As at the 2020 Census, the population of the city was 202,694 inhabitants. Cabo San Lucas together with San José del Cabo are collectively known as Los Cabos. Together, they form a metropolitan area of 351,111 inhabitants.

Rated as one of Mexico’s top 5 tourist destinations, Cabo is known for its beaches, scuba diving locations, Balnearios, the sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and marine life. The Los Cabos Corridor has become a heavily trafficked vacation destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

The waters around Cabo are home to marine wildlife including rays, sharks, mahi-mahi (dorado) and striped marlin.

Cabo San Lucas has become a prominent vacation and spa destination, with a variety of sites of interest and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark.

Cabo San Lucas has the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world, the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore. This tournament takes place every year in the month of October.

In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the area. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Gulf of California after traveling up to 6,000 miles (9,656 km) from Alaska and Siberia.

The extreme south of Baja California has a tropical desert climate. Even with the thermal amplitude, there are no freezes.

During summer, Cabo San Lucas is cooler than San José del Cabo by about 1.5 to 3 °C (3 to 5 °F). Sometimes during the summer, when winds blow from the Pacific Ocean instead of the Gulf of California, the differences in temperatures between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are higher.

Cabo San Lucas is less rainy than San José del Cabo, although hurricanes can bring heavy rain for long periods. Hurricane Odile made landfall at Cabo San Lucas on 14 September 2014, and caused widespread damage. Due to the position of the city and orography, local summer thunderstorms do not get near enough to bring rain to the town.

The sea temperature experiences lows of 21–22 °C (70–72 °F) in winter, and highs of 28–29 °C (82–84 °F) during the summer months.

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Cabo San Lucas

#1: Club Campestre San José

Libramiento al Aeropuerto Km 119 23405 (San José del Cabo)

Golf, Country Clubs

Wow.

An absolutely gorgeous Nicklaus course with many mountain and ocean views.

It is part of the Questro Golf (questrogolf.com) group, which also includes Cabo Real (part of the Melia resort and a bit further south closer to Cabo San Lucas) and Puerto Los Cabos (the course that is sort of part of Secrets Resort and a bit further north of Cabo San Jose).

It’s a high-end experience — great service all around, free driving range privileges with your fee, really cool carts with great GPS, video monitors and hole-by-hole flyovers. Free water and lots of other neat perks.

It was the (very hot) off-season when we played and we got a sweet deal which was one of our major reasons for playing here — $65 total per person (after 3 PM). Current deals are here: questrogolf.com/index.ph…

Have fun!

— Review by Tommy G.

Cabo San Lucas

#2: Cabo del Sol

Carretera Transpeninsular KM10 23410 Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Sinaloa

Golf

We played both the Ocean and the Desert Courses, and we prefer the Desert Course by far. There are ocean views from most of the holes on the Desert Course. We think the Ocean Course is overpriced. We paid $110 to play the Desert Course at 12:30, and we paid $255 to play the Ocean Course at 10:30. The fairways and greens are in prestige shape, although the greens are deceivably slow. The fairways are wide and the ball gets s lot of roll to it especially at the Desert Course. We had a great time playing both courses, but we highly recommend the Desert Course.

— Review by Karima F.

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Cabo San Lucas

#3: Cabo Real Golf Course

San Jose del Cab Col. Zona Hotelera 23407

Golf

Beautiful course with challenging fairways and undulating greens.  We bought a 2-course combo from Questro Golf. This was the first course we played. Great customer service – everyone is super helpful. We played the whites (we’re around 15 handicaps) and they were fair. Even though the course doesn’t have any out of bounds some holes have OB where you can’t find/retrieve your ball. The course, like most in Cabo, are stunning with mountain and ocean views. Really enjoyed the round!!

— Review by Mohun K.

Cabo San Lucas

#4: Quivira Golf Club

Quivira Golf Club Vía de Lerry S/N

Golf

This is hands down the prettiest golf course in Cabo, absolutely worth every peso! Some of the holes are jetting out over the ocean and only for the serious golfer or the one with a few balls to spare… I’m definitely on the ‘I may have lost that lil guy on that last hole’. But there are plenty of less difficult holes to enjoy a fully rounded round of golfing and vacationing. There’s a gorgeous historical site located on this course as well, it’s like a secret gem, truly. It’s a must if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Cabo country!

— Review by Amber I.

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Cabo San Lucas

#5: Palmilla Golf Club

Carr Transpeninsular KM 7.5 Col. (San Jose Los Cabos)

Golf

If you’re looking for a 5-star Cabo golf experience then Palmilla is for you. The course has 3 nines so plenty of golf and the service is top notch. We played the mountain and ocean courses – the ocean course was beautiful for obvious reasons but I actually preferred the layout of the mountain course. Highly recommend!!!

— Review by Jackie R.

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