Cabo San Lucas News & Events – Golf Diamante

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

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It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

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Cabo San Lucas News & Events – Golf Diamante

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

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It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

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It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

diamante (32 of 74) 308x212

After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

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It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

diamante (32 of 74) 308x212

After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

diamante (32 of 74) 308x212

After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

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It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

diamante (32 of 74) 308x212

After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

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There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)

image

It’s not long before Tiger Woods’s El Cardonal opens for play and while Tiger has achieved a great many firsts during his career, it will be intriguing to see how this design ‘first’ is greeted later this year and in the years to come.

(more…)

_MG_0681 308x212

There was a ranch in Cabo San Lucas once called El Cardonal. It probably took its name from the town of the same name further up the coast. Now its name lives on as Tiger Woods developed his first golf course on the site at Diamante Cano San Lucas.

(more…)

After the alleged assault and robbery of Australian tour player Robert Allenby in Hawaii, golfers might well be asking themselves the question of how safe are they when playing golf on holiday?

Details of Allenby’s incident in Waikiki are a fresh reminder of just how dangerous it can be to fall victim of those whose sole aim is to fleece unsuspecting victims of their valuables. Allenby believed he was a target all along as the only people present in the bar – apart from his caddie and his friend – were ‘golf fans – Robert Allenby fans’.

“I think the moral of the story is that you have to be super careful”

Golfers being mugged on holiday happen all over the world. BBC journalist and golf professional Alan Tait suffered a similar incident in Spain last year whilst covering golf courses on the Costa Del Sol.

After spending the night drinking in a bar with friends he promptly ‘vanished’. He came to the next morning bloodied, empty wallet and with little recollection of the previous night’s events. He later found out he had been spiked with ketamine.

“At least I came home alive. I just want people to know about it and be careful.”

Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular destinations for vacationing golfers in the world. And luckily it is also one of the safest.

It is well removed from the danger hotspots of Mexico, separated from the border by a thousand mile peninsula and from the mainland by the Sea of Cortes. It is also one of the safest cities in Mexico and the local government is keen to ensure it stays that way and continues to be a popular destination for North Americans.

In 2010 Los Cabos even hosted the G20 summit when the world’s most powerful leaders gathered to discuss important economic and environmental issues.

However, no one likes to rest on ein laurels and it is always to be informed and safe than unprepared an naive.

Because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether you are in Cabo, New York, Honolulu, Spain or your home town, the same opportunity and temptation for theft will be there if you let it, so it’s important to take some precautions:

  • be polite – courtesy is a great diplomatic deterrent
  • do not wear expensive jewelry away from your hotel
  • do not flash large sums of money
  • keep all documents, credit cards and passports locked up
  • don’t wander off on your own during the early hours
  • do not stray into unknown areas of town
  • don’t drink openly on the streets
  • always call a taxi from the bar or restaurant you are at back to your hotel

It’s important to enjoy your golf on holiday, but it’s even more important to stay safe. Call 520–509–9040. For more information on how you can play our Top 100 ranked Dunes course and the new Tiger Woods course El Cardonal in one of the safest golfing paradises in the world.

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course is up and running and you can play it now. Woods’ project at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas is now complete and officially open.

“This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

Woods was there for the opening on December 16 getting ready to tackle his own hazards on the 7,363 yard layout which sits above the No 52 ranked Davis Love III designed Dunes course.

The course offers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains behind and the El Faro lighthouse there too all set with the mile and half of sandy white beach at Diamante.

With five sets of tees, there is something here for every golfer of every skill. Tiger was keen to ensure it was a test for everyone in the family, mom dad and kids!

In keeping with the philosophy of the old California courses he grew up on the bunkers will be big and a keen eye for detail has ensured lines of sight, strategy and thinking golf will be at the forefront of every golfer playing.

There are very few big, new things left possible for Tiger to do, El Cardonal has certainly proved one of them. After a few TW Design courses fell through due to finance and untimely economics, this course in Mexico will undoubtedly be used as a showpiece and selling tool as his design company grows. Next up is Bluejack National and Trump’s Golf World development in Dubai.

Meanwhile for residents at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, their new course is one they will feel justifiably proud of sat next to their world renowned Dunes Course.

As with the Dunes course the wind will be a big factor. It also has similarities with the finishing stretch of six holes being the toughest on the course.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods explained. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

We will Tiger, we will.

Now, Tiger will focus his attentions on another course in Dubai, but we are sure to see plenty more of him around Diamante, as he owns a house that also overlooks El Cardonal.

For your opportunity to play tiger Woods’ El Cardonal call 520-509-9040 or fill in the form on our home page.

This month Tiger Woods makes a return to golf in more ways than one. Woods has played just eight tournaments worldwide since he was pipped to his own title by a piece of Zach Johnson brilliance in last year’s World Challenge. Now, fit again after back surgery and ready to play he has a new swing coach he also looks forward to opening up his new golf course in Mexico.

While the world speculates on every other aspect of his life, from his new swing coach to whether he can still shake it around with the best golfers in the world, surprisingly little has been said about El Cardonal.

Set to open on 16th December, the media and golfers will have the opportunity to find out for themselves whether Woods has succeeded in constructing a course tough enough for the pros yet playable for the vacationing golfer.

Before that, there is the matter of the Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida and Tiger’s return to competitive golf. Tiger is on to his fourth swing coach with Chris Como who follows in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and most recently, Sean Foley.

Chris Como may not be coach to any player in the Top 50 in world golf but he does have a swing philosophy firmly based in biomechanics which looks to help golfers develop swing techniques that reduce injury through strengthening and improving flexibility in specific muscles.

Take Woods’ swing to one side and this approach is certainly something that the former world number one needs as he nears his 40th birthday next year.

It would be a big surprise were Woods to win this week at Isleworth; six of the world’s top ten are in the field and it also also includes most of the US Ryder Cup team. But all eyes will be closely fixed on him to see what effect his back surgery has had and whether Como has had time to start ringing the changes on his swing.

Meanwhile somewhere over the Carribbean Sea, across the Sea of Cortes and beyond, lies Cabo San Lucas, site of the first ever Tiger Woods Design (TWD) golf course. Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer there is great anticipation of what this golf course offers.

Similar to Woods’, El Cardonal also suffered damage during the recent Hurricane to hit the Baja peninsula back in October. But work has been swift at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas site, which also boasts a Golf Digest Top 100 golf course in the Dunes course.

Putting comparisons aside, when El Cardonal opens, it will be greeted as another feather in the cap of the resort and add further to the many reasons to visit Cabo already. For your opportunity to play on the first TWD golf course in the world call 520-509-9040 or click here.

The future of property investment is definitely heading towards golf. Especially those facilities that offer the very best amenities and the very best golf. Donald Trump is a prime example of this trend, investing heavily into high-end golf facilities and increasing their appeal for those at the top of the market.

Trump bought Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, amongst a host of others, from Morgan Stanley two years ago. The resort had five courses encapsulating over 800 acres. This included the Blue Monster, home to the WGC Cadillac Championship and some 700 hotel rooms. Said Trump “They built too many courses during the Tiger boom, and now they’re closing and disappearing, at some point enough will disappear that golf will be a really good business.”

Well, golf now is a really good business, and Trump’s not the only one getting involved, neither is it just existing communities needing a facelift, there are those in development that are a attractive prospect for homeowners too.

Consider the sport of golf and the popularity it had when a certain Tiger Woods was at his zenith during the mid 2000s. Television ratings exploded when Woods was in the mix. In 2000, when Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, more than 400 golf courses opened. This was the Tiger Woods effect in full throttle.

Unfortunately golf courses and developments took much the same hit as Woods’ on course fortune did during the recession years around 2009. While Woods was nursing an ailing back the leisure industry as a whole was hiding behind the sofa. In contrast to 2000, since 2007 almost 800 golf courses have closed in the US and fewer rounds of golf are being played too.

So why hasn’t this deterred the likes of Trump? Because he knows that at the high end, nothing has changed. Those that have always played golf continue to do so and they continue to pay well for the privilege of playing at the best courses with the best facilities.

But golf doesn’t have to be out of the reach for the average golfing American as Trump might suggest.

Combine all these reasons and sooner or later you’ll uncover Diamate Cabo San Lucas. A premier golfing facility in Baja, Mexico, one of the most exclusive holiday destinations for Americans.

It can boast one of the most extensive leisure complexes anywhere and also has some of the best hotel and residential member facilities. It already has a golf course ranked number 52 in the world by Golf Digest. And to top that, it has a course opening shortly designed by Tiger Woods, who was so impressed with the Diamante model that he commissioned a home built for himself there.

With two of the best courses in Baja, ocean and desert views, and within easy reach of the Cabo San Lucas playground. The Dunes course and the Woods-designed El Cardonal are becoming some of the most highly sought places to live and play.

With some of the world’s finest sport fish, in yellowfin tuna and billfish caught in record sizes, Cabo is most definitely on the map as one of the most desirable places to live for Americans.

And you can too by contacting Golf Diamante and booking your reservation.

When Tiger Woods speaks on a subject he is passionate about, it’s easy to see why journalists have been hanging on his every word for the last twenty years. This is the case with El Cardonal, his new golf course opening up for play at Diamante Cabo San Lucas later this year.

Tiger has an enormous wealth of golfing knowledge, he’s won in eleven different countries around the world and competed in the most difficult tournaments golf has to offer – and come out on top more times than anyone else.

His move into golf course design was a natural one, “I’ve always wanted to be in the golf course design business. I wanted to play all around the world before I got in, to see all the different types of styles of golf that is played.”

When it came to El Cardonal, choosing Tiger Woods to design it was a natural choice. Diamante Cabo San Lucas already had a top 100 world ranked golf course in the Dunes course. It was important to have someone with the strength of character like Tiger to build another one alongside it. Woods admits, “I’m very hands on, and focussed on trying to deliver the very best product for the developer and everyone who’s associated with it and I take great pride in that.”

The course itself will wind up through the dunes, alongside and over arroyos and culminate in a final stretch of holes that will encompass the intimacy of the ocean and the Diamante complex. “The view from holes 15–18 are just spectacular” said Woods.

While opening up with a relatively easy par 5, the 18th will play as a strong downhill par 4 measuring over 500 yards. A test which might only just be mitigated by the splendor of the Pacific behind it. Make par or double bogey, it’ll certainly be memorable.

Right from the very beginning Tiger said, “I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level.” It certainly seems like he is making good his word. His philosophy has continued into the idea of everyone being able to enjoy the same course and the same challenges, irrespective of ability.

“It would be nice to have all of us, whether it’s Dad, Mom or kids all playing basically the same lines. We are going to give them different tee boxes but the same strategy is involved to make sure it’s fun for everyone.”

While the Dunes course attracts plenty of glowing reviews, everyone in golf is waiting to see what Tiger can produce At El Cardoanl. Previous projects in Dubai and in the States never panned out, but this one will and will do so soon.

What is intriguing is the clear mandate Tiger is working to. He isn’t looking to change the golfing landscape by re-inventing the bunker. He is working hard to enhance an already successful leisure development where preparing a golf course that everyone can play and enjoy is the key design philosophy.

“This is an incredible site, working with Ken (Jowdy) and his entire team has been phenomenal. We’re trying to deliver a great golf course and when you have a property like this it’s really not that hard!”

With Tiger planning on spending plenty of time in Cabo in the coming years, El Cardonal looks forward to a successful opening adding to the fine array of golf on offer in Los Cabos. The final word should be left to Tiger to explain why to choose Diamante Cabo San Lucas:

“This place is so much fun. I’m going to have a home here and spend as much time as I possibly can here. It’s a great family place, the diving and the fishing is absolutely incredible. And everything is so self contained, it’s the best of all worlds. Having a great golf experience, and all the different amenities here at the resort plus all the different things you can do offshore…you don’t find many places like this in the world, ever.”

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After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.

Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.

Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.

The Dunes Course

On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.

The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.

Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.

El Cardonal opening

The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.

Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.

“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.

That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.

When the weather gets its most violent, golf courses are the least of people’s concerns. Golf courses can be rebuilt with sand, earth and sun but people’s houses and livelihoods take a lot longer to heal. Last Sunday Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile which made landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph. (more…)