For centuries, the Sea of Cortez has served as a rich canvas for explorers, adventurers, fishermen and artists. Separating Baja California from Mexico’s mainland, the sea (also known as the Gulf of California) runs 700 miles from the tip of Baja California Sur to nearly touching the U.S. border.
There are stunning golf destinations aplenty in the region, and the crown jewel of the Baja is a course by Gary Player Design. The only Gary Player signature design in Mexico, El Cortés Golf Club is laid out as an extension of the region’s natural topography and the city’s relaxed attitude. The reopening of El Cortés (formally CostaBaja) has only enhanced the modern Baja golf boom.
The Player Design team managed to tame the rough terrain site and create a playable, often thrilling, design. Two striking views, we must point out, certainly carry their weight when compared to other stunning golf backdrops around the world.
Climb just above the tee box on the par-4 6th to witness a breathtaking dogleg left, downhill tee shot with the marina glistening in the background. The tee shot on the par-5 14th is a cliffside tee, a long forced carry, with a stunning view of the Sea of Cortez in the distance. Player’s design maximized the vistas and the number of scenic, downhill tee shots.
El Cortés offers 17 holes with panoramic views (yes, 17!) of the Sea of Cortez. Since the resort came under new ownership, they reengaged with the Player Design team on renovations to the existing course.
“When the course first opened in 2010, it was designed to stand the test of time,” said Vice President and Senior Designer, Steven McFarlane. “We are thrilled to see the new ownership’s commitment (lead by Luis Alberto Dávila Barberena and Antonio Dávila Barberena) to keeping Puerta Cortez as one of Mexico’s premier golf destinations.
“Our primary focus was on the construction of a new 9th hole to accommodate the new hotel which is slated to be built on the old 9th.”
Players can gaze out onto the Sea of Cortez from an innovative design that complements the unparalleled contrast of desert and maritime landscapes. Golfers at the end of their round and travelers alike can enjoy the world class restaurant, El Cardón, which offers tasty, authentic cuisine.
Or, better yet, refresh yourself during your round at arguably the most scenic halfway house in the world.
While golf is certainly the focus of the award winning course, the whole facility is undergoing renovations and adding new amenities which include: a new gymnasium with state of the art equipment (much to the Black Knight’s liking), a full service spa, spinning room, cigar bar (dubbed Hole 19), new locker rooms with steam rooms and jacuzzis, grill house offering stunning views of the Sea of Cortez, tennis courts and other sporting facilities.
El Cortés Golf Club is part of the Puerta Cortes Club, the most exclusive club on the Sea of Cortez. It has the only Gary Player Signature golf course in Mexico.