Developed by the Solmar Group, the all-paspalum course at Rancho San Lucas is a Greg Norman design that forms the golfing centrepiece of a massive 834-acre resort located on the sandy southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.
Boasting sweeping ocean views from every hole, the layout spans three distinct ecosystems, starting in the dunes, moving inland through a dense “cactus forest” before returning to the coast for a finishing flourish along the water’s edge.
Feature holes include both the short par fours at the 4th and 16th, with all five oceanfront holes on the course a contender for signature hole status – probably the one that will live longest in the memory is the par three 17th, which plays to an island green.
A 12-hole Short Course consisting of a dozen low-lying holes from the regular eighteen can be played during the windy season in late spring. These holes, sheltered by the dunes and shielded from Pacific breezes, form a shorter loop for use at any time of year, of course.
“We wanted to build a sustainable course that is playable from all perspectives, including the forward tees,” said Greg Norman. “We are committed to making a global impact by crating courses that withstand the test of time, and I truly believe this golf course is one of the best we’ve ever built.”