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!
Great driving range. Great views. A couple of uphill drivable par 4s. Nice mix of short, mid, and long par 3s. Some incredibly difficult par 5s with forced carries and some risk/reward decisions. Staff was incredible. Honestly, one of the most enjoyable golf experiences I have had. Kudos to everyone at chileno bay!
A good course, nicely laid out, many ocean views, a few challenging holes and a good deal of fun to play.
If you have played Kikio on the Big Island and loved it you will love Chileno Bay. Its not a resort course with a resort course experience. Its a high end private course with everything that comes with that type of experience. Great practice facility, solid track done the typical Fasio way, no crowds, more demanding. Its more expensive than other courses in Cabo but, compared to say Cabo del Sol, its well worth the few extra bucks. If you can wrangle your way on, you will not be disappointed.
Chileno bay is the best course in Cabo. Great service, great views, and a fantastic course. A must play and you will love it!!