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Five Reasons Why Quivira is a Bucket List Course

March 07, 2017

Opened to international acclaim in December 2014, Quivira Golf Club, grafted onto a jaw-dropping site marked by huge dunes, sheer cliffs and rolling foothills, sprawls across a magnificent site at true Land’s End. Now in its third year, its reputation as a must-play course has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, for discerning golf connoisseurs, Quivira is a bucket list course to rival any in the world.

  1. The views. They’re extraordinary! First-timers and repeat visitors alike vow they’re the most spectacular in the sport. The payoff for the switchback cart ride up the face of a mountain to the fifth hole is a vertigo-inducing perch 275 feet above the foaming surf. On a course with more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Cabo, the clifftop comfort station behind the fifth tee is “selfie heaven.” At each succeeding hole, Quivira’s exalted scenery and ineluctable challenges get better and better.

  2. Changes-for-the-better. In conjunction with course designer Jack Nicklaus, the club has tweaked several holes to enhance playability. For example, the “transition bunkers” on the downslope beyond the driving zone at Quivira’s stunning par-4 fifth hole have been removed to minimize the hole’s difficulty and give average players a fighting chance. At the 13th hole, a dazzling par 3 that plays across a yawing abyss to a target set atop a pinnacle of fissured granite, the tiny green has been smoothed out to create more pin positions. And at the 15th hole, a sturdy par 5 that proceeds to Cabo’s mountainous interior, the central hazard has been modified to create a better risk-reward scenario for big hitters. Additional modifications to be completed this year will further improve Quivira, which may be the most daring, eclectic course Nicklaus has ever built.

  3. Practice facility. It doesn’t get any better. Quivira’s spacious double-ended driving range parallels the beach and the thundering Pacific Ocean. Few practice facilities anywhere in the world can claim a setting to match it. The steady onshore breeze gives players a taste of the challenge that awaits. The large practice putting green and dedicated short game area are also excellent.

  4. Comfort stations. As an all-inclusive facility, Quivira provides complimentary food and refreshments to golfers throughout the round. Of the four comfort stations, the culinary highlight is Oasis, an open-air halfway house nestled in the dunes adjacent to the eighth green. The stone-walled edifice, angled to emerald-green fairways parted through rolling dunes high above the sea, is set with patio tables. The gracious staff oversees a full-service bar and a kitchen that prepares a variety of Mexican specialties. Edibles range from chicken quesadillas and mini burritos to the specialty of the house, the “Crunchy David,” This delectable dish is prepared with crispy flour tortillas, flank steak, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and salad fixings. Long after scores are tallied and wagers settled, players are still talking about the Oasis.

  5. The Q factor. Location, location, location! Quivira has an ambience all its own because it occupies a truly unique landscape. Routed at the southernmost tip of the rugged Baja Peninsula, at the place where the Sea of Cortes meets the Pacific Ocean, a few of Quivira’s holes appear to be airbrushed onto sheer granite cliffs. Others are tunneled through huge windswept dunes or skirt twisting arroyos and acres of cactus. On a gravity-defying site marked by sharp elevation changes, Nicklaus crafted an aesthetic tour de force that elicits more oohs and aahs than per round than any other course in the world.

For more information on Quivira Golf Club visit: www.quiviragolfclub.com