Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - hole 6
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Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - hole 6
The sixth hole of the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas plays like a long par 4, but it's a reachable par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - slider bar
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Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - slider bar
A day at the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas starts at the slider bar near the driving range, where breakfast/lunch sliders and smoothies are delicious treats. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - driving range
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Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas - driving range
The driving range at the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas pipes in rock music for a cool vibe. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 1st
The first hole on the Dunes golf course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas bends left as a 534-yard par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 2nd
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 2nd
Sun spots blind the beauty of the second hole, a par 3, on the Dunes golf course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 3rd
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 3rd
It's a climb to the third green at the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 4th
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 4th
Golfers playing from the third set of tees can attempt to drive their tee shots 291 yards to the fourth green on the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 5th
The fifth on the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas plays just 154 yards, making it the easiest hole on the golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 7th
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 7th
The seventh hole on the Dunes golf course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas is a whopping downhill par 3 of 290 yards. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 9th
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Diamante Cabo San Lucas - Dunes golf course - 9th
The ninth green of the Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas sits by the clubhouse, which has residences on top and multiple restaurants inside. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dunes G.C. at Diamante - new 12th and 13th holes
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Dunes G.C. at Diamante - new 12th and 13th holes
The new 12th and 13th holes on the Dunes golf course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas are much closer to the water than the old holes. Courtesy of Diamante Cabo San Lucas

The Dunes golf course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas rules the rankings in Mexico

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- The Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas skyrocketed into international prominence when it opened in 2009 on the tip of the Baja Peninsula.

Could the addition of two new holes among the spectacular sand dunes near the Pacific Ocean elevate the Davis Love III design even higher? It sits 52nd in Golf Magazine's 2013 list of the Top 100 Courses in the World.

Lead architect Paul Cowley, who stayed at Diamante to be the project manager of the new El Cardonal Course by Tiger Woods, built the new 12th and 13th holes on the Dunes Course to look and play more like a traditional links. The new holes were routed away from the lake that framed the old ones. The new 514-yard, par-5 12th hole, which is 80 yards shorter than the par 5 it replaces, ends at a Redan-style green that angles diagonally away from the approach shot. The new 378-yard 13th hole wanders downwind toward a 12,000-square-foot punchbowl green.

The front nine, while essentially a warm up for the more dramatic dunes and ocean views of the back nine, still conjures up variety galore. Players can potentially drive the fourth green if they're brave enough to take on dune hazard dissecting the fairway. The 475-yard sixth hole and 290-yard seventh hole feel like par 4s, although they're actually a short par 5 and long par 3.

A day at the 7,160-yard Dunes starts at a driving range, where the free smoothies and breakfast or lunch sliders and piped-in rock music foster a cool hangout vibe.

Only golfers who stay on property and go through a one-time "Stay & Play" sales presentation can play at Diamante.

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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