In Los Cabos, Quivira Golf Club redefines ‘stunning’
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In Los Cabos, Quivira Golf Club redefines ‘stunning’

If you get the chance to experience Quivira Golf Club in Los Cabos, you’ll never play a municipal course again.

Located at the the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, a thousand miles south of San Diego, Quivira, a Signature Jack Nicklaus course, is the star attraction at Pueblo Bonito Resort, one of several exclusive high-end resorts in this popular vacation magnet. Though it is secluded right on the beach, Pueblo Bonito is only a 10-minute drive to the heart of Cabos San Lucas.

To say this private golf course is phenomenal would be an understatement. Several of the holes on this par-72, 7,139-yard course are carved right into the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. The 18-hole course is so breathtaking that you’re allowed five-and-a-half hours to play it. Most golf courses allot roughly four, four-and-a-half hours for a round of 18. The extra allotted time is needed because of the incredible views that require a photo or two at every hole.

Here are a few highlights you’ll experience at Quivira Golf Club.

Quivira - the green at hole 5

The short par-4, 310-yard fifth hole is the No. 1 handicap on the course. Your tee shot calls for aiming at the 150-yard pole in the middle of the fairway. The blind second shot is a hope and a prayer, which is why this hole is dubbed controversial. Just aim at the blue Pacific Ocean and hope that your shot sticks on the green! If you come up short, there’s a swath of scrub grass and sand to contend with. Stick it on the green, and you’re looking at a birdie or par.

Quivira - The par 3, 6th hole

The gorgeous par-3 sixth hole measures 180 yards from the championship tee box. The entire length of the hole was carved right out of the hillside which hugs the Pacific. You’ll just want to linger at this hole for a while, and admire what Mother Nature has delivered.

Likewise, the stunning par-3, hole 13 requires a 148-yard shot over rocky cliffs. The green is not large, and competing for your attention are the sparkling ocean waves dancing off the sun in the background.

Everyone has their own version of the ‘signature hole’ when playing this incredible course. The Director of Golf Antonio Reynante is no different. He shared: “My signature hole is number 12, the ‘Z hole.’” The longest hole on the course at 635 yards, this downhill, Z-shaped par 5 is as picturesque as it is challenging.

Quivira - A picturesque view from the course

As if there aren’t enough visual distractions on the course, there’s also a show of sorts in the adjacent Pacific Ocean. Between December and March, whales migrate from the frigid waters of Alaska to the temperate shores of Los Cabos. While playing golf, I saw several of these majestic creatures just off shore. Incredible!

In addition to the fabulous scenery, there are three “comfort stations” on the course. These are basically mini restaurants. You can order any kind of beverage imaginable, and tequila is the main ingredient in every drink! Food options include mouth-watering huevos rancheros prepared right before your eyes, small tortillas with various fillings, and other fresh items including fruits and vegetables. Cheese burger sliders are also a favorite.

Neverending photo opportunities at Quivira (Photo by Rick Stedman)
Neverending photo opportunities at Quivira (Photo by Rick Stedman)

Other amenities and features at Quivira Golf Club include a practice range and putting greens, TaylorMade rental clubs, a stocked golf cart with a cooler and other snacks and drinks to your liking. The pro shop features high end apparel along with other golf equipment. And, after finishing your round of golf, you’re greeted with a refreshing cold wet towel and lots of smiling faces from the staff.

Quivira - A glorious sunrise

Dining at the Quivira Golf Club Steakhouse is a great way to top off an unforgettable round of golf. The seasoned steaks or fresh seafood are to die for! A wonderful meal, a glass of wine and a breathtaking sunset will have you planning your next round at Quivira Golf Club, no matter what the scorecard reads.

The director of golf also shared that the rack rate for green fees is as stunning as the golf course itself at $370. However, that price varies depending on which property you stay at or own within Pueblo Bonito. Those resort properties include Pacifica, Sunset Beach, the Copala, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas and Novaispania Residences.

Quivira - Sunset from Pueblo Bonito

The newest offering that opened in December 2016 is the Towers at Pacifica, where guests experience an added layer of luxury and sophistication. The two new towers feature 47 guest rooms and suites with private terraces, including six suites with private plunge pools and one magnificent, 3,200-square-foot Presidential Suite. All have enhanced room amenities and 24-hour butler service that has been certified by the British Butler Institute.

Given the immense success of Quivira Golf Club at Pueblo Bonito, a second track is in the planning stages. For more details about this fabulous resort and golf course, visit

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Rick Stedman