There's nothing flat and boring about this Arthur Hills design, circa 1992. The hills of this cliff-top resort rarely relinquish a flat lie. Plotting your way around requires precision, and a little bit of luck. Slopes tend to kick balls into the jungle or ponds that line tilted fairways.
Director of Golf Seth Henrich calls El Conquistador's first hole his favorite, simply because it introduces the challenges that lie ahead. Teeing off from an elevated perch, players must favor the left side of the fairway, which slants hard left to right and punishes misses into lost balls.
A half dozen holes or more feature similar elevated tee shots with outstanding views. It's fun to watch your ball sail against the horizon. Just keep an eye on where it ends up. It might not be anywhere near where it landed.
"I would describe it as challenging because most people do not play so many uneven lies," Henrich said. "This golf course does not fit our business model. People expect it to be the usual resort course, and it's not."