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Cabo del Sol is the best public course there. The Ocean Course is Nicklaus designed and a top 100, the Desert Course has a good twilight deal (relatively). Diamante is now the best course in Cabo, but it is private. Palmilla is a great alternative and there are three 9 hole courses. Besides that there is Cabo Real also.

Cannot wait until Chileno Bay opens, took a tour of it and it looks fantastic. Slated to open in 70 days or so.

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I think 90% of the courses in Cabo are Nicklaus designs which means they're very similar. I.e. Cabo Del Sol is a better version of Cabo Real (Jones Jr.), Cabo Real is a better version of Pamilla, etc.

Whatever course you choose will be fun, the pace of play should be whatever you want it to be, and the cervezas will always be ice cold. Don't worry about needing to make tee times beforehand, more than likely you wont see another group on the course.

The group that owns Cabo Real, Puerto Los Cabos, and Club Campestre often has special packages that include rounds at all 3 courses for ~$300 (All include Cart, alcohol, and snacks).

I personally think Puerto Los Cabos is the hidden gem of Cabo's daily fee golf choices. I like Norman's 9 holes more than Jack's but together they are a lot of fun and always keep me wanting to come back.

Quick story - After finishing a morning round at Puerto Los Cabo, where it was clear I was maybe 1 of 20 people on the course that day, the staff asked if I wanted to hang around for some "just caught that morning" fish tacos and ice cold cervezas before heading back to the hotel. I'd told the wife it would be 6 hours and there I was finished in less than 3 so I decided to take them up on the offer. After a few "fish/golf stories" and several cervezas we somehow ended up at the chipping area playing some low money "games" (chipping & putting contests) - Luckily for me they were better at telling stories than golf so I didn't have to let them win that much.

The thing was they weren't as interested in my money as much as they were in the Oakley sunglasses on my head. ... Luckily for me one of my best friends was an Oakley Rep at the time so when I returned 6 months later I did so with a bag full of sunglasses and hats... needless to say my golf was taken care of that week.

Note - If you have a membership in the states be sure to ask your pro if he can call down to see if he can get you on El Dorado (the course that the Haney shows play). It's similar to the other Nicklaus courses in the area but the conditions and service are the two things that set this course apart. . It's a course you'll never want to leave and will have you seriously trying to justify a golf membership you'd probably only use 3 weeks a year.

Might want to check on Diamante being private. It wasn't a few years ago when it opened. It's main down fall is that it's on the Pacific Ocean (longer drive & more winds). It is a very nice course though and worth the trip if you have time. Again, check to see what their policy is - it may be one of those where you have to sit through a timeshare presentation to get on.

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A lot of this depends on where you stay and if you rent a car vs. cab. If you stay in Cabo San Lucas proper, then driving anywhere past Cabo Real is going to be really far. I can give you a hotel recommendation, but the price ranges vary so much that it is hard to say.

-Cabo San Lucas CC: cheapest option, not that great; honestly better playing once at any of the other courses than twice here
-Campestre: nice course, pretty reasonable if you do twilight, but expensive cab ride / far drive from downtown
-Puerto Los Cabos: my new favorite other than ocean course; usually you can get a twilight discount and it includes drinks
-Palmilla: so-so; nice layout, but I always leave underwhelmed
-Cabo Real: really fun layout, good views, only 2 ocean holes
-El Dorado: private now so hard to get a tee time. IMO they killed the best holes when they put the houses in
-Diamante: it's spectacular, but it's really expensive and since they made it private you have to go through the sales tour, which sucks
-Cabo Del Sol Desert: kinda goofy layout, but usually in good shape and sometimes you can get a good twilight rate
-Cabo Del Sol Ocean: awesome, but $350
-Querencia: private, hard to get a tee time and wish there were more ocean views for the price

Note: Cabo Real, Campestre, and Puerto Los Cabos have the same owner- sometimes you can get a discount if you play more than one of their courses

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PS- just a general rule for where to stay. If you want to do a lot of golfing, then you should stay somewhere in the Corridor and at one of the properties affiliated with the Campestre group so you can get a discount at Cabo Real, Campestre and Puerto Los Cabos (Hilton, Dreams, Westin, etc). Note, you cannot swim in the ocean at any of the corridor hotels (except kinda at the Hilton). Or you can stay at Cabo Del Sol, but they don't really give a big break on greens fees. Staying at Cabo Del Sol is kinda nice because you are about half way between SJD and downtown Cabo. If you are only going to golf a couple times and want to be near nightlife, fishing, etc. then you should stay near downtown on Playa Medano (run the risk of the rowdy college crew, but not usually in June). If you want something really low key and cheaper, then you can stay in San Jose Del Cabo. If you want to break the bank, then you stay at Esperanza, Palmilla or Las Ventanas. If you are going to splurge for one really nice dinner (Fathers Day or something), you must eat at the Restaurant at Esperanza out on the cliffs and time it for sunset. It is expensive, but phenomenal.

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