Have a Baja Moment! Enjoy World-Class Golf in La Paz at Costa Baja
Los Cabos might be the first destination that comes to mind when people think about golf in Baja California Sur, but the state’s capital city, La Paz, also boasts world-class golfing opportunities. Costa Baja Resort & Spa, the first five star resort in La Paz, is also home to the first Gary Player designed course in Mexico.
Player, of course, is one of the greatest players in the history of professional golf, with nine major championships, and over 165 victories worldwide. In addition to his legendary playing career, the diminutive South African has distinguished himself as an ambassador for the game, and as one of the world’s premier golf course designers.
Player’s philosophy of using the latest technology to integrate course design into the existing landscape, minimizing the impact on the land and area flora and fauna has helped establish his reputation as a leading links designer. His green philosophy was a perfect fit with Costa Baja’s developers, and has proved essential in a region with little to no rain.
The Player designed Costa Baja Golf Club is a 7,082 yards from the tips, and features breathtaking views of the serene waters of the Sea of Cortez, desert landscapes, and the rolling hills that surround La Paz.
The Costa Baja Golf Club has been open to members and the general public since 2010. Its unique layout presents challenges for players of all levels, making it one of the area’s most enjoyable courses. In fact, its abundance of elevated tee boxes, wide fairways and slow greens won Costa Baja Golf Club acclaim as one of the top ten golf courses in Mexico in 2012 (It was ranked 7th best by Golf and Spa).
Additionally, Costa Baja Golf Club has a grass driving range, practice putting greens, a short game area, and a golf store. Players can also enjoy drinks and dining after the round at La Pintada Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Cortez. The restaurant offers a mix of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as refreshing margaritas. Individual or group lessons can be booked with one of Costa Baja’s experienced professional instructors.
To ensure that the course and its amenities meet exceptional standards, Costa Baja is managed by Troon Golf, the most renowned golf management company in the world.
The course is a key component of the magnificent 550 acre Costa Baja development, which also includes a private white sand beach, a double-basin marina, a full spa, superb restaurants, and luxurious residences. The resort’s design seamlessly blends in the existing landscape, and like Player’s design, shows great respect for the environment.
Costa Baja is strategically located between beautiful beaches and the city of La Paz. It’s a short drive from downtown, and the best bet for visitors is to rent a car from National Car Rental, which has an office conveniently located on the Malecon near the major hotels. Once you’ve got the clubs in the trunk, proceed down Paseo Alvaro Obregon (the street parallel to the Malecon walkway) toward the beaches. The scenic drive takes you up and down eroded hills on a panoramic highway with impressive views of the ocean. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the Malecon to Costa Baja.
For many years golfers have visited Los Cabos for a chance to play at acclaimed courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and other legendary players and designers. Now they are also coming to charming La Paz to experience the only course in Mexico of its kind: the Gary Player Costa Baja Golf Club.
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