Discover Golden Beaches, Picturesque Desert Cliffs and Panoramic Ocean Views At Lands End
Distracted by a humpback whale breaching out of the Pacific Ocean and Instagram moments shooting at me from every angle of the panoramic stretch of coastline fronting the turquoise blue waters at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s stunning Baja Peninsula in Los Cabos, I gave myself zero chance to sink a seemingly easy 3-foot putt at Quivira Golf Club. After proving myself right, the only logical verdict was to blame Jack!
Regretfully, I’m alluding to Jack “Golden Bear” Nicklaus, who segued from a career as the greatest golfer ever to one of the most prolific golf course designers with 380 projects in 36 countries. The same person who, admittedly, first visited the arid desert terrain of Los Cabos in the early sixties with a t-shirt, pair of sandals, swim suit, $20, stayed for a week and years later was jokingly told by friends as the guy who ruined Cabo.
It was an amusing reference resulting from Nicklaus’ introduction of golf in this region with his 1992 creation of Pamilla Golf Course that ignited a golf boom and in turn unlocked the floodgates for a blanket of real estate developments, vacation homes, and posh hotels. Admonish the 76-year old all you want but he has played a major role in a destination now welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors a year.
Following a blip in visitation to Cabo in September 2014, due to Hurricane Odile’s 125-mph winds pummeling thousands of homes and turning the beaches and hotels into unplayable hazards, one of Cabo’s most spectacular resort communities, Quivira Los Cabos, was back on track and has since been creating its own storm of activity only 10 minutes from the hip and vibrant town of Cabo San Lucas.
If there was ever justification for my first visit to Cabo, this prime oceanfront property where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean proved to be the tipping point. The 1,800-acre master-planned luxury community of Quivira (name derived from place first mentioned in 1541 by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, during his search for the mythical “Seven Cities of Gold.”) broke ground 13 years ago and now includes the family-friendly Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort and the all-inclusive, adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort. Both overlook a 3-mile long private beach and lie a chip shot away from one of the world’s most amazing aquariums that has served as a magnet for Nicklaus’ attraction to deep-sea fishing.
That element combined with the terra firma canvas stretching along the Quivira beachfront was all the enticement needed by the Golden Bear to create his sixth course in Cabo, an eye-popping, rollercoaster golf experience traversing around sand dunes, steep granite cliffs and drive-thru gourmet pit stops that bear no resemblance to Taco Bell for golfers to feast on snacks, hot food items ranging from hamburger sliders to quesadillas and beverages. Don’t shy away from the Quivira-style margarita to help compensate for any less-than-expected score!
Depending upon one’s perspective of the “good life” the underlying risk in visiting a destination such as Quivira is you will want to keep coming back. Fortunately, for those who dare to venture, modern day renaissance man and founder of Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas, Ernesto Coppel Kelly, has been on a mission to assist in making that dream a reality.
“Pacifica is just the beginning of the luxury brand for our company,” said Mizraim Corpus, General Manager at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort. “We expect to open another four to six hotels, including a St. Regis and Banyan Resort and we are only in year 13 of a 25-year project. Plus, there’s another golf course coming.”
If you want to go a step further to claim a stake in this transformed land of hedonism, throw down a few pesos for a slice of one of Quivira’s gated communities: Montecristo, an enclave of villas for part-time vacation ownership; Novaispania, custom homes for fractional ownership; Copala, a full-time home and condominium community; and Coronado with 68 one-story, Mexican hacienda-style homes. There’s a comfort zone for every dreamer to luxuriate in Quivira’s “good life” offerings, including one for wine lovers who can take advantage of the opportunity to create their own vintages from grapes grown in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California Norte.
Regardless of how often you’ve made the journey to Cabo or it’s a first trek, Quivira will grab you hook, line and sinker and once that happens, you’ll understand how nobody can really be blamed for what they do best. NVL