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Quivira, new Jack Nicklaus Design course, to open this fall near Cabo San Lucas

The cliffside par-3 6th hole at Jack Nicklaus Designs’ new Quivira Golf Club course in Cabo San Lucas is typical of the dramatic setting which the 18 holes of the new course inhabit.
The cliffside par-3 6th hole at Jack Nicklaus Designs’ new Quivira Golf Club course in Cabo San Lucas is typical of the dramatic setting which the 18 holes of the new course inhabit.
image courtesy of Pueblo Bonito Resorts

Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is already a popular vacation destination for Bay Area residents, but starting October 1st, 2014, there will be a new attraction there for Bay Area golfers – the Jack Nicklaus-designed Quivira Golf Club. Nicklaus Design announced the new club Tuesday, May 6th.

The Quivira Golf Club (pronounced key-vee-ra) anchors the new Quivira Resort complex, 10 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula. The complex features two resorts – the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa and the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach all-ages resort, and three high-end real estate communities: Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas by Pueblo Bonito, Copala, and Novaispania Residences.

“Our team has worked with the canvas Mother Nature provided to create what we hope is one of the most spectacular courses in the world,” Nicklaus said of Nicklaus Design’s sixth course in Los Cabos. “This property afforded us a rare opportunity because of its topographic diversity and natural environment.”

The 7,224-yard, par-72 layout will offer more oceanfront exposure than any other course in the Los Cabos region, with wide views of the Pacific and challenging elevation changes. The course begins near sea level, with the first three holes heading inland. The layout then reverses course at the par-five 4th hole, playing over a pond to a wide, welcoming fairway which is framed by dunes and desert.

A ¾-mile drive to the tee box of the short par-four 5th hole takes the player across a bridge over an arroyo, following a switchback route up the side of the mountain, 200 feet above sea level, where dramatic views of the beach and the Pacific surf greet players. After the par-three 6th hole, with its concave cliff-top green nestled into the base of a massive dune, the layout winds through sand dunes before returning to the cliffs and the desert at the par-three 13th hole. The course drops sharply from a pair of elevated tees at the 16th and 17th holes, a pair of distinctive par-4s, closing with the links-style 18th, a 469-yard par-four that finishes with an infinity-edge green overlooking the ocean.

Along the way, players can refresh themselves at four comfort stations, and the “Oasis” halfway house near the 8th green will serve tuna sliders, fish tacos and other specialties of Baja California cuisine.

After a round, players can relax at the thatched-roof clubhouse between the first tee and eighteenth green. The clubhouse offers a rectangular bar, casual steakhouse dining, and plentiful outdoor seating overlooking the ocean. A spacious double-ended practice facility parallels the ocean next to the clubhouse, and includes an elongated practice putting green and a short-game practice area.

The stark beauty of the Los Cabos area lies in the stunning contrast of the blue Pacific Ocean abutting the desert and mountain environment of the Baja Peninsula. At Quivira, from golf holes perched high above the blue seas, players will have expansive views of the Pacific, and in the winter months may see breaching whales as they migrate along the coast.

Quivira Golf Club is accessible to guests of the four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Los Cabos, and to owners of properties in the Quivira development’s Copala, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, and Novaispania Residences. Complimentary shuttle service to and from Quivira Golf Club will be included within the Quivira development.

For reservations, tee times or further information access the web site at www.pueblobonito.com or call 1-800-990-8250.