Traveling golfers heading for Los Cabos for their next golf destination will be relieved to know that Hurricane Newton caused minimal damage at clubs, resorts and courses throughout the region. Unlike category four Hurricane Odile two years ago, Newton was merely a nuisance, according to local golf officials.
“Hurricane Newton was a much weaker storm, but Los Cabos is also much stronger than two years ago in terms of infrastructure, response strategy and recovery time,” says Querencia CEO Jorge Carrera.
“Our community climbs more than 800 feet above sea level, and the golf course is protected by a number of hills and arroyos.”
Querencia's private, Tom Fazio-designed layout is among the highest-rated in Mexico, and the exclusive development in San Jose del Cabo has members from a variety of U.S. cities. Many were away for the summer, however, minimizing any disruption and allowing maintenance crews to make quick work of the clean-up. Carrera says damage was limited to pockets of vegetation and a few trees.
“Our Querencia team does an outstanding job with pre-storm preparations, member and homeowner communications and post-storm clean up and repairs,” says Carrera. “As always, we strive to ensure our community is safe and that the club quickly re-opened.”
Carrera says the course was completely cleaned up within 48 hours and that the rain came ideally during the annual maintenance season. As such, it will actually be in premier condition for members during the high season.
On the Pacific side of the peninsula, Diamante Cabo San Lucas reported only minor wind and rain-related damage to its Davis Love III Dunes and Tiger Woods El Cardonal courses.
“Overall, the golf course damage was minimal compared to Hurricane Odile and only required debris and landscape cleanup,” says William J.
Najam III with Diamante’s Development Team. “Our maintenance crews were able to get both courses opened and ready for play within four days.”
Najam adds the storm had no impact on two exciting new additions to Diamante’s golf experience:
A new par-3 hole (No. 10) will open on September 20th on the Dunes Course, replacing the current 18th hole. Los Cabos first par-3 course, The Oasis Short Course from Tiger Woods Design, was also unaffected and is slated to open on December 9th.
To the east, Cabo del Sol opened a day after Hurricane Newton following cleanup along its stretch of oceanfront holes. Select vegetation will be removed or righted, according to Director of Golf Greg Tallman, and that process is already underway.
“The storm had no impact on our renovation program for The Ocean Course, which will be completed as scheduled by the end of September,” says Tallman.
Similar reports hailed from the Questro family of golf courses, including Puerto Los Cabos, Club Campestre San Jose and Cabo Real.
“Newton hit Los Cabos in the early morning hours on Tuesday, and we were able to open our facilities on Wednesday and be able to handle the ‘itch’ the area golfers had from not being able to play the two days prior because of the rain,” says Sergio Castillo, Director of Golf Operations for Questro.
“In times like these I am able to reflect and appreciate how incredible our staff truly is." And he’s right.
In recent years, Los Cabos has become much more than just a golf destination. Each year, hundreds of Americans purchase vacation or retirement homes in one of the Baja Sur’s many golf communities. At Querencia, buyers are attracted to the development’s exclusivity, five-star service levels, and array of luxury home options.
“We focus on ways to keep our owners and members connected so Querencia is a true community,” says Greg Filardi, Director of Sales and Marketing. “This is paramount to baby boomers and the fabric of the Querencia is the made of the activities, venues and amenities that keep it vibrant and connected.”
Querencia is upping the ante on its amenity offerings via the construction of a new Beach Club secluded on peaceful stretch along the Sea of Cortez.
Residents will have safe, easy pedestrian access through a new tunnel, and the Beach Club will feature outdoor dining, bar, pool and fire pits. Future plans also call for the development of a second 18-hole golf course designed by Gil Hanse.