A recent list of top ranked Mexican and Caribbean courses featured all the usual suspects at the top of the chart, including Bermuda’s Mid Ocean Club, Sandy Lane (Green Monkey) in Barbados and The Abaco Club in the Bahamas.
What may surprise many is that Mexico’s Querencia was placed as highly as number two in the list (just behind Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic) so when a course like this can hold its own in such esteemed company, you can be sure that the golf experience here is going to be one of the very best on offer anywhere.
The Tom Fazio-designed course is laid out within an 840-acre private residential estate between Palmilla and Costa Azul in the fashionable resort area of Los Cabos and it’s complemented by a modern clubhouse and practice facilities that face onto the Sea of Cortez.
Fairways are routed in an out and back fashion with a testing set of holes in the middle of the front nine (holes 4 to 7 are rated as stroke index 1,3, 7 and 5), followed by a couple of back-to-back par fives around the turn. The 14th may be the shortest of the four par threes on the scorecard (at only 164 yards from the back tees) but the position of the green, perched on a ridge above an arroyo, ensures it is also the most difficult of the short holes.
Gil Hanse has been hired to construct a second course at Querencia, a development that is bound to raise the profile of the resort even higher.
Querencia is an exclusive private community located within one of the many luxury developments of Cabo San Lucas. I was fortunate enough to meet a member who extended an invitation to check out Q and play the Fazio designed golf course.
The course itself is not located along the coast as some of the other tracks in Cabo, but was built on a vast piece of land that offers dramatic topography and native desert vegetation which provides some really nice aesthetic views. If you do happen to miss any of the generously sized fairways, your ball will likely be unplayable or lost. The flowering bushes, cactus, and tropical plants are dense, with most dropping off into even thicker native.
The layout itself plays fair but still plenty challenging. Due to the topography and distance between many of the holes, it is mandatory to have a cart, like majority of the courses in Cabo. The club’s exclusivity and limited play policies made for a VIP experience. Conditions of the course were immaculate and greens were rolling perfect, exactly what you would expect from a world top 100 ranked course. That said, although I thought there were several beautiful holes, I also felt it was somewhat cookie cutter like some other Fazio resort tracks out there.
Overall, Querencia may not be Fazio’s best design, but is it still a beautiful course that has a solid layout that is very playable as long as you can keep your ball in the fairway. The great staff, service, and 5-star facilities provide a memorable experience while you are vacationing in Cabo. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again.