This all-inclusive resort opened the new Gary Player signature course at the CostaBaja Golf Club, a 7,229-yard design with ocean views on 14 holes, paspalum turf and plenty of elevated tees from the mountains that rise above the sea.
This golf course is a fun ride from start to finish. Gary Player Design created plenty of dramatic tee shots, highlighted by the par-5 14th, which has drop of some 200 feet to the fairway below with views of the resort and marina beyond the green. You can read my complete review at WorldGolf.com.
For Player, this was about creating a golf course that players would want to play again and again, no matter their level. From the longest set of five tees it's plenty challenging, but the course shortens to around 5,000 yards to accommodate shorter hitters.
The scenery doesn't stop with the ocean views, either. The mountains make for some pretty nice backdrops, and the natural desert landscape, which includes giant cardon cacti, is similar to that of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
This is only the second golf course (the other is the Arthur Hills-designed Paraiso Golf Club in La Paz, the capital city of California Baja Sur. Growing as a tourist destination, La Paz is a laid-back city with friendly people and old customs. It's known as as one of, if not, the safest cities in Mexico, which is an important consideration in these times of turmoil, especially among the border towns.
The resort is also a complete destination on its own, with several fine restaurants wrapped around the marina, a spa, beach club and a newly renovated hotel. And with more commercial flights being offered into La Paz, it's easier than ever to get to.