In Cabo

Palmilla Golf Club Ocean Course #3 Green

Los Cabos, the safest place in Mexico, is exploding with 30 km of beachfront luxury and exciting seaside golf from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose de Cabo. It is easily reached by a two-hour direct flight from Phoenix. A fruity cocktail or glass of champagne with a little ocean breeze and huge ocean view provide a warm welcome in resorts where open-air receptions are like paintings that come to life. 

Every room at the all-inclusive, adult only Marquis Hotel and Spa Resort has an ocean front balcony. Waves crash on the creamy sand around the clock, both mesmerizing and lulling. Infinity edge pools overlook the deep blue Sea of Cortez. Relax, walk or ride horses along the beach, spa or join in the fun and games provided by the entertainers. Samba lessons anyone? Six restaurants serve excellent dishes from the poolside ceviche to Benihana style Asian cuisine at Sakke. 

Great golf is minutes away in either direction. Two Nicklaus courses stand out among the many in Los Cabos. The One and Only Palmilla Golf Club with three nines – the Mountain, Ocean and Arroyos, is challenging and thrilling. The Ocean Course climax is where number 3’s green teases the beach with perhaps a yacht on the water and mansions perched above for the gallery. Nicklaus designed all three to attain top ratings in the world since its inception. Managed by Troon Golf, it is a favorite of regulars to the Baja peninsula and served as the Jack Nicklaus Cup venue for competing members of Nicklaus courses. The Bear himself attended this event last month. Palmilla green fees are dynamically priced with a $90 siesta twilight rate in November. 

As the sun rises at Quivira Golf Club, golfers warm up with burritos on the range, watching the Cabo armada of fishing boats speed out to sea. A long curvy mountain climb of 275 feet seems almost endless to the top of the granite cliffs and number 5 where the only visible point of the layout is a postage stamp green far below, jutting over the water. Quivira shares a private golden beach with two of the four all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica hotels. Only Quivira members and hotel guests are permitted to play Quivira. That story can be found online at www.arizonagolfernews.com.

For exclusive modern luxury, The Cape a Thompson Hotel is set in a surfer’s cove encircled by a rich hilly enclave with a sunrise/sunset view of the famous arch and lover’s beach. Again, all rooms overlook the ocean. Bed swings on the balcony are a comfy way to watch the show below or the brilliant stars above. Breakfast begins with surfers entertaining while dining at the Ledge. Next door, the workout room has a floor to ceiling window for an inspiring view. Lounge at the infinity pool, lean over the edge or have a seat at the swim up bar. Watch the boats pass by as pelicans dive and parasails float in the sky. At sunset, head to The Rooftop, a garden terrace with a stunning view of the Arch and downtown lights. It gives new meaning to happy hour. Dine here or at Manta. There is always something special happening at this extraordinary boutique hotel, minutes to downtown Cabo San Lucas and the Mercado Marina. This is where the richest trophy-fishing tournament awards a $2m+ prize. Sail or boat around the arch, snorkel, dive, fish and whale watch from any point during season, which is now. In Cabo San Lucas the Tequila Museum is a mega store and historical study of their iconic elixir depicting the process of pina extraction from the blue agave plant, baking, steaming, grinding, fermenting and distilling. Taste the difference between silver, reposado, and anejo. Purchases are packed for safe transportation in checked luggage. The working Glass Blowing Factory is a demonstration and market of Murano quality crafts.

In San Jose del Cabo, up the coast, a 1730 Mission is the focal point of the plaza where more blocks of shops and galleries abound. All points are a short cab ride away from any of the resorts. Christmas shopping? Consider the art, jewelry, tequila or Cuban cigars, which are now legal to import and combine with a vacation. 

Many define Los Cabos as “Scottsdale by the Sea.” Scottsdale based Sacco Destinations has a new division, www.InCabotravel.com for arranging high-end golf, corporate and special events, with access to all public courses and some private, even Chileno Bay which is coming soon. 

Alice and Danny Scott are known as America’s Golfing Couple and travel the world writing for many publications. Visit their website at www.americasgolfingcouple.com.