Diamante Cabo San Lucas - The Dunes Course

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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7160 yards
Slope 144
Rating 74.7
Designed by 20-time PGA tour winner Davis Love III, The Dunes course is located beachfront, overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. Using the natural sand dunes, Love created one of the most diverse and finest courses in all of Mexico inclusive of generous fairways and large, rolling greens. The course has been compared to legendary courses such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews in Scotland with the added luxury of Los Cabos' perfect weather. For golfers interested in playing The Dunes, it is important to note that the course additionally features practice areas such as two driving ranges and unique hitting "caves", which are available for use when purchasing a round of golf. Players will also enjoy refreshment stops along the course, breakfast and lunch at the Slider Bar, an experienced caddie and of course, the breath-taking views offered by the naturally beautiful landscape of Los Cabos.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tee I 72 7160 yards 74.7 144
Tee II 72 6647 yards 72.2 136
Tee III 72 6260 yards 70.3 131
Tee III (W) 73 6260 yards 77.7 134
Tee IV 72 5756 yards 68.0 124
Tee IV (W) 73 5756 yards 74.3 129
Tee V 72 5065 yards 65.2 110
Tee V (W) 73 5065 yards 70.1 119
Scorecard for Dunes Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tee I M: 74.1/141 562 252 394 376 177 488 292 400 511 3452 172 507 211 516 380 587 432 175 590 3570 7022
Tee II M: 71.6/135 554 229 365 358 154 475 247 374 484 3240 158 453 180 499 358 568 390 154 536 3296 6536
Tee III M: 69.8/128 W: 75.5/132 526 201 341 323 143 468 223 355 440 3020 145 428 165 482 327 544 359 130 499 3079 6099
Tee IV M: 67.1/120 W: 72.6/126 460 173 321 271 140 458 154 327 420 2724 130 406 146 447 298 504 338 111 454 2834 5558
Tee V M: 64.3/111 W: 69.2/117 370 157 278 203 112 435 116 294 415 2380 110 385 117 400 269 479 270 97 431 2558 4938
Handicap 8 16 6 12 18 4 14 10 2 17 3 13 7 11 1 9 15 5
Par 5 3 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 8 14 6 10 18 4 16 12 2 15 7 13 5 11 1 9 17 3

Course Details

Year Built 2009
Architect Davis Love III (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared Shirts and no Denim

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Handicap 10-14
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Completing my round on Diamante Dunes 3 years later

It took me three years to finally complete my full round on Diamante Dunes. I played the front nine in 2015 when I was on property to see the new El Cardonal course by Tiger Woods.

I played the back nine in Dec. 2018 after arriving straight from the airport. The round was a bit disjointed as my two-some was stuck behind a five-some of members. No worries, though. We just hung out at the comfort station longer to enjoy the food and drink sthat are free for all players.

Unfortunately, the construction of the Hard Rock and Nobu hotels have robbed the routing of many of its sea views, but there is a silver lining. Guests at these hotels will have access to the courses for the first time.

As the name suggests, the dunes are simply fantastic. The fairways and greens roll as wavy as the sea, so good luck making any putts or finding a flat lie.

The blind shot at no. 14 really baffled us without proper guidance, but it shouldn't be an issue for most groups, which are required to take a caddie (which we didn't have).

The 17th provides the showstopping highlight, a par 3 with uninterrupted views of the water. The relatively new 18th hole - a replacement for the original, more mundane finisher - is a beastly par 5 with a split fairway and elevated green.

For a loop redone multiple times in just nine years, it's amazing the course still looks this good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golf Heaven

I play from the middle of the 5 tees at 6099 yards on this links type course. The fairways are reasonably wide but a slight miss which finds any rough makes finding your ball nearly impossible. The fairways undulate and slope so most shots are hit on some sort of incline. The greens are large and immaculate so a 60-80 foot putt is not unusual. The greens also slope so each putt is an adventure. The front nine may be a warm up for the back but it has a couple of very challenging par 3 holes. From the middle tees hole number 2 is 201 yards and hole 7 is 223. By the time you finish on the front you have hit the "comfort stations" twice (plus the station at the driving range). Each station has a stocked bar and lots of food such as tortilla soup, tamales and snacks of all kinds. We pick up lots of munchies and usually non-alcoholic drinks. Others go all in with margaritas and such but their game suffers. The back nine is spectacular as you wind along the Pacific ocean. There are more challenging holes, more comfort stations and incredible ocean views on the back 9. Diamante is a "private" course where owners have access. Others can get free golf by sitting through a timeshare presentation. The course was rated as #36 in the world by Golf Magazine in 2017-2018.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fantastic experience

I just can't say enough about our round here. We played with 24 guys from our club, and every detail was met by the pro shop with unwavering precision. The course was all we expected it to be.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

A taste of a World Top 100 course leaves me wanting more

I can't officially rank the Dunes course a five-star experience like others have until I see the back nine. The front nine was good, but to most golfers, it's considered a mere warm up to the back nine's spectacular ocean holes. I only had time to play the front nine, which was a shame. Paul Cowley, the lead architect for Davis Love III, has built two new holes supposedly better than the original 12th and 13th holes that date back to 2009. Towering sand dunes block the ocean views on the front nine, although they're used perfectly for a handful of elevated tees and greens. DL3 and Cowley designed several interesting "half-par" holes. The par 5 sixth hole plays like a long par 4 of 468 yards from the second set of tees. The par 3 seventh hole takes back that half stroke by playing almost like a downhill drivable par 4 at- 247 yards from the second set of tees. Diamante bills itself as a "private resort" where only property owners and those who rent accommodations inside the community are allowed to play golf. These "Stay & Play" renters must sit through a sales presentation to gain access to the courses. Free food and drink are served at the Dunes driving range (try the breakfast sliders and smoothies) and several on-course comfort stations.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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