How good is Cabo del Sol Ocean? As good as you can ask and for sure top 5 in the Caribbean and well deserved Top 100 in the world. I had played it in December 2014 and it was one of those course I really wanted to go back when I went to Los Cabos in April, together with Quivira and an unexpected invite to Diamante to play the Dunes Course by David Love III.
But lets go back to the Ocean Course and some new things I experienced a couple of months ago. When I travelled in 2014 it was during a TTOOs Fam Trip just a couple of months after the Hurricane made quite a disaster in the area (Palmilla and Cabo Real courses had to be closed for several months to recover) and this time it was at the end of the high season with every course in awesome maintenance shape, so really could play them at their top.
In 2014 we played tougher tees, this time it was with customers and we just played middle tees but in a very windy day which was quite a challenge for the entire group including so low handicappers.
The first thing to tell is how well they work with big groups (we were 40 golfers), everything was set at the driving range, carts signaled with 2 yardage books on it, water in the cooler (not the hotests season but it is hot) and starter and marshalls monitoring everything was going fine. It is good to show it as everybody willing to travel could find helpful knowing that big groups aren't an issue here.
About the course ... it is not new that the 6 ocean holes (5-6-7-16-17-18) are the best ones, specially the three par 3s (6-7-17) with amazing views of the ocean and also some nice forced carries although with a middle iron. Short par 3 7th could be seen as too easy but go play it with 30km/h wind from left to right and you will find scoring par was extremely good.
Hole 18th might be one of the best finishing holes in America (From Alaska to Usuhaia in Argentina, because America is NOT a single country) with a demanding tee shot and a nice carrye with a middle iron over the beach/ocean.
And there are some great holes in the "inside" part as both par 5s 4th and 12th, the first one with a forced carry over a tough wate area and an even tougher green to hold the approach shot.
As the Desert Course, they still mantain bermuda grass coast to coast which is tough to keep healthy in the Caribbean and they do an excellent job here as well, keeping with no doubt the Top 100 Status for the Course.
And again it is not bad to repeat how nice the setting of the elevated Club House is, where a nice lunch watching the ocean is one of the trademarks of the resort. And also one of the biggest proshops, with a lot of memorabilia to take home.
If you travel to Los Cabos, this one is a "must play" and even consider playing it twice as first timers will find some unexpected difficulties when they play.
Date: August 08, 2017