Quivira Golf Club - hole 6
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 6
The par-3 sixth hole at Quivira Golf Club plays to an oceanfront green cut from a mountainside. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira golf course - 3rd
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Quivira golf course - 3rd
Jack Nicklaus designed the third hole at Quivira Golf Club to be drivable from the 260-yard blue tees. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - views
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Quivira Golf Club - views
The views from the first Quivira Golf Club comfort station look down the beach back to the clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira golf course - comfort station
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Quivira golf course - comfort station
The comfort stations stocked with food and drink help make Quivira Golf Club experience so special. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 5
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 5
The controversial fifth hole at Quivira Golf Club plays 311 yards off a mountainside to a green perched above the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - fifth green
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Quivira Golf Club - fifth green
Jack Nicklaus ordered these sandy hazards removed from the fifth hole at Quivira Golf Club in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira golf course - 7th
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Quivira golf course - 7th
The par-4 seventh hole at Quivira Golf Club roams along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 9
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 9
The 222-yard ninth hole at Quivira Golf Club shines as the sun begins to set on Los Cabos. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - comfort station at hole 9
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Quivira Golf Club - comfort station at hole 9
The sliders (and other treats) cooked up at the comfort station next to the ninth tee are part of the all-inclusive round at Quivira Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira golf course - 10th
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Quivira golf course - 10th
The 554-yard 10th hole at Quivira Golf Club slides downhill with several risk-reward shots over sand to reach the green in two. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 11
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 11
The par-4 11th at Quivira Golf Club plays uphill to a split fairway. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 12
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 12
Quivira Golf Club's par-5 12th hole zigzags through the sand dunes to a green on the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira golf course - 13th
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Quivira golf course - 13th
Golfers must carry rocky cliffs along the Pacific on the stunning, par-3 13th hole at Quivira Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 13 views
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 13 views
The views from the 13th green at Quivira Golf Club are beyond compare. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 8
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 8
The elevated eighth green sits atop a dune at Quivira Golf Club in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira G.C. - 14th
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Quivira G.C. - 14th
The 14th hole at Quivira Golf Club slithers through the dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - hole 16
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Quivira Golf Club - hole 16
The 16th hole at Quivira Golf Club drops dramatically off of an elevated perch. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira G.C. - clubhouse
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Quivira G.C. - clubhouse
The clubhouse of Quivira Golf Club sits along the beach. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Quivira Golf Club - driving range
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Quivira Golf Club - driving range
Quivira Golf Club's driving range is stocked with ocean views. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Quivira Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico: Nicklaus raises the bar on the Baja

LOS CABOS, Mexico -- Jack Nicklaus -- already the king of golf in Los Cabos -- has raised the bar on the Baja with his new Quivira Golf Club . The 7,139-yard course, the sixth by Nicklaus in Mexico's best golf destination, takes golfers on a vision quest of unparalleled beauty, using the mountain-desert-ocean ecosystem that characterizes the region.

Quivira's first four holes ease players into the round before the lengthy cart ride up the rocky mountain reveals a pair of stunning par 3s, the sixth and 13th holes, that cling to granite cliffs on the Pacific. The difficult, 310-yard fifth hole, where Nicklaus demanded some last-minute changes during a Dec. 4 tour, will probably always be controversial since the mountainous terrain is so severe. These three holes provide the perfect perches to watch the migrating whales during winter months. Four other holes wander through towering sand dunes, the same ones used by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods at the highly regarded Diamante development next door.

Several semi-blind shots through the dunes -- off the tee at the uphill par-4 at no. 11 and the second shot on the twisting downhill par 5 at no. 12 -- might be disconcerting to first-timers. The round climaxes with three elevated tee shots on daunting par 4s through the more traditional desert landscape. The 18th green, thatch-roofed clubhouse and driving range all run along the beach.

Playing Quivira Golf Club delivers an all-inclusive experience. A $295 rack rate (with discounts depending on where you stay) includes food, such as freshly prepared sliders, tacos and quesadillas, and drinks served at three elaborate comfort stations on the course. Only guests of the four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Los Cabos, and property owners in the Copala, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas and Novaispania Residences have access to such a special experience. Quivira G.C. will blow you away, whether the breeze kicks up or not.

Geoff Shackelford discussed Quivira on Morning Drive

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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