Robert Trent Jones Jr. set to revamp the fun Cabo Real Golf Club
The loss of a seaside hole would ruin most courses, but Cabo Real Golf Club , located at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, just might have the personality and charm to pull it off without much backlash.
That's how special the routing by Robert Trent Jones Jr., dating to 1993, really is. The beachfront par-3 15th hole has been sold for redevelopment, forcing a Jones redesign of the back nine in the summer of 2012.
Jones will move the 14th green left along the beach and closer to the shore to help offset the loss. The par-4 16th hole that climbs away from the beach will be converted into the new 15th hole, an uphill 190-yard par 3. The new 16th hole, a 170-yard par 3, is being constructed across the street near the 17th and 18th holes.
Cabo Real Head Professional Juan Carlos Castellanos said the changes are a positive, although the 7,037-yard layout will lose a stroke and play as a par 71.
The front nine -- considered the toughest loop in Los Cabos -- still affords the majestic views of the Sea of Cortez golfers crave. These holes climb into the mountains with gulches and arroyos collecting every errant shot.
The finished product should be completed by late October, 2012.
"Most customers are repeat customers. They want something new,” Castellanos said of the redesign.
The 14th green at Cabo Real Golf Club will move left and closer to the shore during work by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The 12th hole at Cabo Real Golf Club overlooks the Hilton hotel and the Sea of Cortez. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Unfortunately, this seaside view that will be lost during the redesign of the 15th hole at Cabo Real Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bunkers swallow approach shots to the par-5 10th green at Cabo Real Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The scenic ninth hole at Cabo Real Golf Club tumbles downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The scenic par-3 sixth hole at Cabo Real Golf Club plays downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The entire front nine of Cabo Real Golf Club overlooks the Sea of Cortez. This view looks back from the fifth green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The front nine at Cabo Real Golf Club is considered the toughest in Los Cabos. Here is the par 3 at No. 4. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor