Diamante Cabo San Lucas - The Dunes Course
|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|
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.