Diamante Cabo San Lucas - El Cardonal Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7363
Slope 140
Rating 75.9
Type Private/Resort
Diamante Cabo San Lucas offers two championship golf courses, the Dunes Course, which is ranked no. 52 in the world by GOLF Magazine, and the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal. Diamante is easily one of Mexico's most popular golf destinations. El Cardonal is the newer of the two courses, but thanks to its famous designer, it already has a growing reputation. The golf course enjoys dramatic, long-range views of the Pacific and the landscape has everything from natural dunes and arroyos to mature vegetation, providing the perfect canvas for golf. Woods crafted a course inspired by the old-style southern California courses that he grew up playing. He designed a layout that can be enjoyed by golfers of any skill level since there are multiple ways to play every hole. El Cardonal is a golf course that places emphasis on strategy over strength.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tee I 72 7363 yards 75.9 140
Tee II 72 6876 yards 73.4 135
Tee III 72 6291 yards 70.9 127
Tee III (W) 72 6291 yards 75.3 129
Tee IV 72 5446 yards 66.8 117
Tee IV (W) 72 5446 yards 70.6 118
Tee V 72 4827 yards 63.4 110
Tee V (W) 72 4827 yards 66.2 108
Scorecard for El Cardonal
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: 74.9/131 541 208 351 483 438 601 489 474 200 3785 344 189 401 375 554 462 154 462 537 3478 7263
Tee II M: 73.1/123 515 197 320 430 410 556 458 444 181 3511 311 175 388 459 504 424 142 437 525 3365 6876
Tee III M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123 487 183 297 379 359 514 407 418 147 3191 290 141 354 420 485 397 107 416 490 3100 6291
Tee IV M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113 412 151 251 340 329 447 366 354 133 2783 256 109 260 336 456 372 101 322 451 2663 5446
Tee V M: 65.9/107 W: 66.9/109 372 137 222 304 274 406 342 310 96 2463 228 95 250 316 399 264 63 306 443 2364 4827
Handicap 3 15 13 7 11 1 5 9 17 14 16 12 4 2 6 18 8 10
Par 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 15 13 9 11 1 5 7 17 14 16 12 6 4 10 18 8 2

Course Details

Year Built 2014
Architect Tiger Woods (2014)

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

Reviews

2.4
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2.0
First Time Playing

Great views. Horrible fairways

Just finished playing the El Cardinal course. Views and layout were great. Condition of the fairways was one of the worst courses I ever played. An embarrassment to be the resort and the Tiger Woods affiliation. The Dunes Course was fantastic to play. Call before you play to make sure the course has been fixed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Off the charts service

Played the track 6 times in one week. Amenities are world class. Friendly, personable staff all work hard to make you feel right at home. They spoil you big time. Excellent track, lots of variety. Greens roll true. Hot in June & July - ask for the Vacation Margarita at the 15th hole cantina!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Rattle rattle

Played mostall cabo track in the past ....

This one is quite a great layout and challenging as it gets !

,, when it's windy .. And it's alway windy in cabo

But to drive a golf cart over roughest corduroy road in Mexico for 300 bucks a round (although I didn't pay that )

I would go somewhere else !!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great views all around

unlike the first reviewer our group played from the 2nd set of tees-6850 yds- was enough test, especially into the wind which blows on a daily basis. the facility: very nice but still under construction. take advantage of the freebies on first tee. the staff: excellent and professional. a forecaddie is a must the first time around. the practice area: hitting balls towards the ocean- nice view. decent little putting green but did not see a practice chipping or bunker area. the course: wide open fairways, with a variety of lies. second shots are varied to up hill or down hill greens. the greens are still young( year old) but for most part hold chip shots well. Tiger does need to make changes to the greens on # 12 and # 15. Neither green holds a ball especially in windy conditions- they need to be softened. Tip - putts TOWARDS the ocean are fast! Overall-- I would play it again even with the stiff greens fee.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

El Cardonal Must Play from Tips

As a property owner I have 6 rounds of wonderful golf each week at Diamante in Cabo. My rounds this time were spent at the El Cardonal Golf Course, Tiger's first offering as a course designer and advisor. I strongly feel that "Quality Golf" is the #1 factor when choosing vacation destinations. Diamante has the Dunes Course now ranked #39 in the world next to this course so both courses go over the top as far as "Quality Golf". You will completely enjoy both courses. There are several things that stand out at El Cardonal. #1 is the service level. Caddies are such a great touch and very necessary the first time around. For @25 plus tip you can't beat the experience and fun having your caddie read greens and talk you thru the round. Try to clean your clubs on the driving range.. you can't do it on time because of the staff waiting next to you during your warm up. Did I mention the incredible breakfast and drinks next to range which are "required" before your round? #2 this course must be played from the tips. I know that 7400 yards might sound like a lot but the strategy and challenges are just too much to not take in. Caddies are critical here on your shots. #3 The views and overall weather can't be beat at this location. I really loved the greens challenges and the tee shot carries over the sand and trouble areas. #4 Comfort stations on #5/#8 and #15 provide free drinks and food. Not something you see at most resorts. Of course you pay $18 for this privilege.. ooops! had to mention that one... OK the only bad issues are some fairways have are not in great shape and some greens are showing some major stress. Several of my golfing partners mentioned this during our rounds. For ocean views, sand everywhere, incredible warm up areas, challenging and interesting holes, and great weather year around you should definitely consider Diamante and the El Cordonal Golf Course. Thanks Javier for being my caddie. I really enjoyed meeting you and your brother last week. Play Quality Golf Everywhere.....

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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

Tiger shows his potential as a designer at El Cardonal

Woods' first design, set upon higher ground than the more celebrated Dunes course at Diamante, weaves through dune-framed fairways on the front nine and over desert arroyos on the back nine. El Cardonal - named after the tall, slender, multi-armed cactus that thrives in this region - features panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every hole. Woods built a playable resort-style track with splashy-looking bunkers and interesting green surrounds where players can putt, chip or pitch their misses. The course might be four star, but the experience is five star. Diamante serves free food and drink at the clubhouse before the round and at comfort stations on the course during the round. With several hotels under construction inside the development, El Cardonal could become more accessible in the future. It is currently run as a private club with limited public access for people willing to sit through a time-share presentation.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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