Cabo Real Golf Course Ultimate Guide

website creator Cabo Real Golf Course Ultimate GuideWhen the Cabo Real Golf Club & Course originally opened for play in December 1994, it quickly attained prominence on a global scale. This 18-hole course, which is almost 7,000 yards long and incorporates many sand traps and arroyos, was created and constructed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. ‘s team, who are known for championship resort designs all over the globe.

Cabo Real Golf Club is the crown jewel of a 2,800-acre resort and housing development which includes 3.2 miles of oceanfront. The golf course snakes through beautiful hills, arroyos, and canyons blanketed in cacti, down to the shoreline where the desert meets the ocean on the amazing 5th hole.

Cabo Real challenges low handicap golfers, but is still appropriate for beginners. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. built this course so that each hole offers views of the ocean.

Ocean Scene From Every Hole

Every hole on the course provides golfers a glimpse of the sea. Its three breathtaking oceanfront holes are its centerpiece. During the 1996 PGA Senior Grand Slam, television viewers across the world were treated to a magnificent performance by migratory whales breaching merely yards away from these great holes, capturing the dramatic natural beauty of these golf holes at its best.

A Challenging Test for Golfers

Cabo Real is a scenic and challenging course with rolling fairways and carefully positioned bunkers on narrow terrain that climb to the 16th tee 460 feet above sea level. It has multiple themed, target-style holes. The layout’s drama and flow have been substantially improved by the recent renovation of the club’s nines.

The front nine at Cabo Real offers a striking, moderate test with vast fairways cascading down to the Sea of Cortes in its current configuration. This is especially true of the short par-4 fifth hole, which plays across an arroyo on route to the beach.

The par-3 sixth hole is perched on a seaside bluff, and if you turn around, you’ll be rewarded with views of an infinite stretch of swaying palms and lovely white sand beach.

Cabo Real’s extended back nine offers a fantastic golf challenge with breath-taking holes carved into desert slopes at the base of rocky mountain peaks. Fairways that play along ridge tops are combined with small, raised greens and free-form bunkers that offer a wonderful feeling of well-being.

On the back nine, the first six holes are in rugged terrain with hills and valleys extending into the nearby Sierras. From every hole on this fantastic golf course, you can enjoy views of the ocean and the desert.

A classic finishing hole, the imposing par-4 18th hole requires you to avoid the vast lake on the left and the crossing arroyo on the right while playing from an elevated tee.

Cabo Real Hole by Hole Descriptions

Hole 1 – Par 5 – 535 Yards

Start your round of golf by driving your first shot down a long and wide fairway starting at hole one. It is easier to hit the ball away from the fairway and toward the green thanks to the course’s well-kept Bermuda grass.

Hole 2- Par 4 – 379 Yards

Hole two runs down the wide trimmed fairway before doglegging a bit to the right.

Hole 3 – Par 3 – 205 Yards

The third hole is the course’s signature hole and one of Cabo’s most striking from a visual standpoint.

There is a remarkable 75-foot drop from the tee to the green, so depending on the direction of the wind, you should take one or two clubs fewer than the recommended number. Attempting to save par from right of the green is a wise move if you don’t feel confident off the tee.

Hole 4 – Par 4 – 490 Yards

You have 490 yards to cover in four strokes on the fourth hole. A pair of bunkers defend the left side of the driving area, but a strong tee shot could significantly lessen the difficulty. In particular, if the right-to-left sloping fairway is able to force their tee shot into one of the left bunkers, players who prudently play out to the right will discover themselves facing a very lengthy approach shot and tough opportunity to reach the green in regulation.

Hole 5 – Par 4 – 352 Yards

The amazing par 4 fifth hole is located nearest the Sea of Cortés., where the desert meets the ocean. In its current layout, this short hole requires you to play across a gap going to the beach.

Hole 6 – Par 3 – 223 Yards

On a bluff overlooking the ocean, the sixth hole offers a striking, moderate test with a vast fairway cascading down to the Sea of Cortés.

Hole 7 – Par 3 – 147 Yards

The seventh hole dives down an angle to 147 yards with sand traps located in between.

Hole 8 – Par 4 – 445 Yards

The par 4 eighth hole, a left dogleg marked by two sizable fairway bunkers, a cactus as a hazard, and a little green nestled at the base of a hill, is a landscape study in clean lines.

Hole 9 – Par 5 – 564 Yards

The par 5 ninth hole is a short distance from the clubhouse where you can grab a refreshing snack.

Hole 10 – Par 5 – 521 Yards

The rolling 10th hole features nine bunkers and runs downhill before making a slight left dogleg toward the Sea of Cortés. In order to instill some anxiety in the player who thinks the 10th hole is going to be a piece of cake, the left side of the fairway is heavily bunkered as it approaches the green. Golfers who can drive their ball over the left-hand bunker will have the shortest route to the green and the best opportunity to position themselves for an eagle putt.

Hole 11 – Par 4 – 390 Yards

Hole 11 doglegs slightly to the right and dives down a narrow fairway at an angle to 390 yards with sand traps carefully placed along the route.

Hole 12 – Par 5 – 493 Yards

Curves to the left that heads up a narrowing fairway to 493 yards with bunkers located in between.

Hole 13 – Par 3 – 196 Yards

The short 13th hole may be farther away from the water but still offers an imposing vista of the Sea of Cortés.

Hole 14 – Par 4 – 454 Yards

The layout’s highest point—nearly 500 feet above sea level—is reached by the 14th hole, which is 454 yards long and winds along the rim of a narrow canyon to a green cut into a cliff.

Hole 15 – Par 3 – 211 Yards

The 15th hole, which is 211 yards long, is surrounded by five bunkers, ready to intercept shots that stray from the desired line. When the green is mowed short enough to allow it, a bailout area is provided left of the green with a hill steep enough to kick balls onto the putting ground.

Hole 16 – Par 4 – 460 Yards

The par 4 hole 16 has bunkers strategically located on narrow terrain that slope upward to 460 feet.

Hole 17 – Par 4 – 361 Yards

The short par 4 17th hole is a masterpiece. Two sizable fairway bunkers, a sentinel cactus, and a minor green that is benched into the side of a hill mark the right-to-left dogleg.

Hole 17 provides a good birdie opportunity to take another stroke away from Old Man Par. It offers plenty of fairway room and the choice of driving down the right side of the green or opening up the angle down the left side. You still have a chance to go pin-seeking with your approach shot if you hit an iron off the tee, as well as a wedge into the green. Take a rip off the tee and display some technique with your short game to score a birdie with a fairway you simply can’t miss.

Hole 18 – Par 4 – 417 Yards

The elevated finishing hole offers views of the ocean in the distance and a fairway that round a lake in the near vicinity. The landing area is constricted by a small bunker on the right side of the fairway, which can lead many golfers to choose a club that stops them short of the lake. A more difficult approach shot over the water to a green that horseshoes around the lake and has a range of fascinating pin placements to contend with will result from the safe play away from the bunker on the tee. The finishing hole at Cabo Real is where a lot can go wrong, so you might as well go out on a high by making a birdie.

Snacks and Restrooms

The 5th and 13th holes also have convenient bathrooms. For a tasty snack, make sure to visit the clubhouse close to the ninth hole.

Tee Time Rates and Rental Costs

18 holes, 6842 yards, par 71. Prices are per person and include green fees, shared golf cart, driving range use, GPS, bottled water, and taxes.

Depending on the season and the time of day, green fees can range from $175 to $245. A shared golf cart, practice balls, and bottled water are all included in the pricings.

November 1st, 2022 – May 15th, 2023

Morning Rate (7:00am – 11:50am): $260.00

Early Twilight Rate (12:00pm – 1:20pm): $215.00

Twilight Rate (after 1:30pm): $190.00

May 16th, 2023 – June 30th, 2023

Morning Rate (7:00am – 11:50am): $225.00

Early Twilight Rate (12:00pm – 1:20pm): $190.00

Twilight Rate (after 1:30pm): $165.00

July 1st, 2023 – October 31st, 2023

Morning Rate (7:00am – 12:20pm): $190.00

Twilight Rate (after 12:30pm): $135.00

*Prices and twilight hours of operation are subject to change without advance notice.

Golf Club Rentals: Taylor Made woods r11 and irons 2.0 burner – $55.00

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