Situated in a box-shaped canyon backdropped by stark brown peaks in the Sierra de la Laguna range, the Palmilla Golf Course is the landmark facility that set the stage for top-shelf golf in Los Cabos when it opened in 1992.
The original 18 (Arroyo and Mountain nines), the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in Latin America, is a target-style test that skirts boulder-strewn arroyos, long waste bunkers and several ponds. Several holes call for heroic, do-or-die forced carries over raw desert from the back tees, but broad terraced fairways, generous bail-out areas and accessible greens accommodate players of lesser attainment.
Created with environmental sensitivity, Palmilla appears airlifted into the desert uplands, with a staggering variety of cacti and native trees framing the tees, greens and fairways.
Palmilla’s signature hole is No. 5 on the Mountain nine, a stirring par 4 that plays from a hilltop tee over a vast arroyo to a sinuous fairway that leads to a sunken green fronted by a dry river bed.
The club’s Ocean nine, added by Nicklaus in 1999, boasts a 600-foot elevation change from the first tee to the sixth green that transports players from the mountains to the sea. The putting surfaces on the Ocean nine are more undulating than the greens on the original 18.
This 27-hole club, featuring three different 18-hole combinations of golf, is located five minutes from One&Only Palmilla, a world-class resort.