CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Hurricane Juliette wiped out six holes of the back nine at Cabo San Lucas Country Club in 2001, but this time, the club was ready. A retaining wall built for big storms held off Hurricane Odile last September, a good bit of luck at a place prone to bad breaks.
The 7,220-yard golf course opened in 1995, when Matthew Dye, Pete Dye's nephew, took over after his father, Roy Dye, the original architect, passed away during construction. The financial woes that plagued previous owners and forced several name changes over the years appear to be a thing of the past. The current developer has spent millions of dollars on upgrades, such as a water treatment facility right on the course that has improved the look and conditioning of the course, two new holes by California architect David Fleming and a new building that's home to a restaurant/bar near the clubhouse.
The country club attracts mostly locals or tourists looking for a more affordable round than Cabo's other pricier options. The two new holes -- par 4s at 10 and 11 -- improved the layout by replacing holes along the road, although their big greens and modern shaping look nothing like the other 16 holes. The rest of the design features small target greens and hidden water hazards.
The one water feature that isn't hidden -- the Sea of Cortez -- is a major draw at the country club, located just minutes from the heart of downtown. Golfers can see anchored cruise ships and the famous rocky arch at land's end. Every golf course in Cabo boasts at least one million-dollar view.