Chileno Bay - Mexico

Chileno Bay Club,
Km 15 Transpeninsular Highway,
Cabo San Lucas,
Baja California Sur 24230,

  • +52 376 23 2601

Scheduled to debut in 2009, the course at Chileno Bay is a big budget Tom Fazio design that had to wait a further five years before it finally opened, thanks to adverse financial conditions that impacted on most of the new top end golf projects around the world.

Overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula, the impressive residential development at Chileno Bay occupies a spectacular 1,200-acre site that includes, in addition to the ocean-fronting villas, a fabulous beach club and a lovely boutique hotel.

This 18-hole layout is very different to a regular Fazio design, with no rough to speak of and an extremely rugged style of bunkering. Effectively, golf balls have to be kept in play on the mown grass or they’ll be lost in the surrounding desert scrub.

It’s certainly a demanding course, with a slope rating of 145 from the back markers, but there’s sufficient fairway width to allow regular mid-handicap players to stay in the game quite comfortably – and perhaps enjoy the wonderful sea views along the way!
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Description: Scheduled to debut in 2009, the golf course at Chileno Bay is a big budget Tom Fazio design that had to wait a further five years before it finally opened... Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 1
Dave Finn
Chileno Bay Golf Course is located midway between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. It’s an 18-hole championship layout featuring breathtaking views of the coastline along the Sea of Cortez. Originally designed by Tom Fazio in 2009 as two 18-hole courses, it never opened due to the economic downturn. The property was purchased in 2013 and they hired Ross Coburn from Vancouver to oversee the renovations. The front 9 is on the lower portion of the property but all holes have views of the sea. One of my most memorable holes is Chileno Bay Golf Course - Photo by reviewerthe #6, a long snake-like par 5 that slithers down towards the ocean. A demanding tee shot over a waste land is required to reach the fairway so don’t be short or right or it’s “adios amigo”. Next you’re faced with a dog leg left second shot followed by a dog leg right approach shot to a green that is tucked into a valley protected by a hill. This may be one of the most difficult par 5’s you will ever play since every shot is demanding. However 3 out of 4 par 5’s are ranked as the toughest so there is plenty of bite to this course. Hole #6 is a very unique par 4 at 270 yards but the sliver of a green will make it much more challenging than it looks. Don’t be left on your approach as a huge bunker protects the green and leaves you with no room to work with as another bunker looms on the other side. The back nine climbs dramatically with the 11th green and 12th tee box being the highest points. Both holes offer magnificent views of the entire course. The fairways are wide and very receptive. Overall I thought this course was well designed, in great condition, with very irregular shaped contoured greens and bunkering that vary considerably in size. This is a private course but if you get chance make sure you play this gem.
March 30, 2016
6 / 6
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