Having played the Ocean Course at Cabo Del Sol the day prior which, in some rankings, is in the top 100, I was not prepared for the difference in quality as the Dunes is well deserving of the ranking and blows the Ocean Course away. The magnificence of the sand dunes, which come into play on most of the holes, was stunning. Similar in some ways to links in Ireland and some in Scotland but much warmer! The service is outstanding and the comfort stations that you encounter every 3 or 4 holes are fantastic for the food and drink. Pace of play can be 4.5 hours due to the frequent stops but this is a fantastic golf course and I'm glad to have played there on both windy and calm days. Only quibbles are that some of the par 3's are ridiculously long, even downwind, but the course is overall fair but challenging. Also the 17th hole has become 18 due to the addition of the Hard Rock and Nobu hotels which also caused the shifting of dunes on a signature hole and the loss of an unobstructed view of the ocean. Still this is an unbelievable course that should be played if you have the chance.
Date: March 24, 2019