The spectacular dune landscape found on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is where American developer Ken Jowdy decided to locate his latest project, calling in the design partnership of Davis Love III and architect Paul Cowley to transform the hilly desert terrain beside the new residential development into one of the best golf courses to open for play around the world in 2010.
It’s the 20th layout that Love Golf Design has built in recent years and the first time the company has moved outside the USA to construct a course. In total, 84 acres of paspalum-grassed fairways weave around a series of enormous sand hills with the back nine – which touch on the residential element of the project between holes 10 and 14 – measuring a meaty 4,010 yards, some 700 yards longer than the front nine.
Such a dramatic site for golf – described by one commentator as “awesome, simple as that” – only surfaces once in a while and Davis Love readily acknowledges that fact saying, “the property is truly spectacular. It will blow away everyone's perception of resort golf. You are either playing towards the ocean, along the ocean or away from the ocean. And then, at times, you're down in the dunes and you pop up and are surprised by the view of the ocean. It's just such a stunning course.”
Diamante played host to the ninth edition of the World Club Championship in November 2012. Considered by some to be the best amateur event in golf, players waxed lyrically about the Dunes course and it was David Abell and Kelly Miller (representing Seminole) that lifted the trophy.
One of the shockingly great surprises of my golf travels. One massive dune line that runs through the course and a smaller one on the front side. Some of the most salivating holes I have ever seen. The last six holes are surreal. It is as good as the pictures look. Another treat, the golf carts have double the power and big treads on the wheels to scale up the dunes if you need to!