Based on TripAdvisor reviews, I was honestly afraid to set-foot on this course - what with all of the criticisms of sewage smells and poor maintenance. Well, on this first day of June, this 6-handicap golfer had a blast... and would go back in a heartbeat (esp with today's start of summer season rates).
First, the smell - yeah, if you breath deeply on the 4th green to 5th tee, you can detect a slight sewage odor in the air... slight being the operative word (i.e. I never had any thought or need of mouth breathing). Mentioning it to staff after the round they commented that the visible construction in that area is for the new sewer system - one that will be completely underground/sealed... which should put to rest any further criticism once it goes online.
Next, the maintenance - I honestly thought the entire course would be yellowy bordering on dead. I had also read how the greens were "scruffy"... maybe that reviewer played right after (tomorrow's) aeration? On this day, they were probably a 9 or 9.5 stimpmeter - respectable, but fair (though be wary of downhill putts... they're VERY quick!). There are some areas of yellowing here-and-there, and a few areas that had had some obvious sod patching - but otherwise the course is in very playable shape (impressive given the severe water restrictions in this area). Have a look at the snapshots I attached if you need proof.
The one odd thing is the design - when you hear "Pete Dye", you think trickery that is very unforgiving should you not be playing target golf. Not so here - very wide fairways with ample waste areas... that lead towards greens a tad on the smallish side. Sand in the bunkers is very firm (bordering on hard); rough is almost non-existent. The back nine is the more difficult of the two (but also the more scenic) - with the lengthy 16th testing everything you've got.
Are there better courses in the area? Absolutely! But if you're staying in Cabo, want to get-in a quick round (we played in a bit over 4 hours), and not lose sleep over the expense, give the Cabo San Lucas Country Club a try. It's fun - but more importantly definitely NOT the horror story you read-about here!
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