CostaBaja Resort & Spa is a World-Class Resort. Now, book 2 nights (1 room) and the 3rd free!
by Chris Sands
CostaBaja Resort & Spa is just 10 minutes south from downtown La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. This world-class resort is set on the magnificent Sea of Cortez, overlooking a 250-slip double-basin marina and a white sand beach. Just north of the hotel, lies Isla Espiritu Santo where you’ll discover one of the greatest marine reserves in the world, along with the best sport fishing in Baja Sur.
Special Offer at CostaBaja Resort: It is this spectacular locale that has attracted hordes of travelers from the United States, Europe and Asia. CostaBaja is like its own village, in many ways. With restaurants, bars, vistas and a friendly community of staff and visitors, it provides the perfect one-stop venue for total relaxation in spacious, well-appointed rooms. Or, it provides the perfect base from which you can plan your travel adventures and pretty much do it all. Now, until March 31, if you book one room for two nights, the third night is free.
What does ‘do it all’ mean? Well, let’s just talk about two of his expansive world-class resort’s major offerings: whale-watching and golf.
CostaBaja’s Whale Watching Package!
Now is the time – the amazing whales are the headliners, taking advantage of the warm waters off of the coast of Baja. You can have one-on-one experiences with these magnificent creatures, perhaps even touching a baby whale as its mother hovers nearby. Venture out on the Sea of Cortez for a day of whale watching and enjoy luxurious accommodations, daily buffet breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade from just $619 USD for two (1 room) and a minimum of two nights!
Long Drives and Perfect Lies Headline Gary Player’s Signature CostaBaja Resort Course
La Paz may lack Los Cabos’ reputation as a golfing destination, but in terms of sheer star power, Baja Sur’s capital city is gaining fast.
Gary Player has joined Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Weiskopf, Davis Love III, and Tiger Woods as major champions who have brought their design talents to Baja Sur, and the legendary South African linksman is the only one of the group to venture outside Los Cabos, crafting a gorgeous 7,229 yard layout at Costa Baja, a five star resort and residential property located ten minutes south of downtown La Paz.
“I’ve built more than 300 golf courses around the world,” Player is fond of saying, “and I’ve never seen a course with better views. It’s ocean all the time, and suddenly there are massive mountains.” Gary Player’s Costa Baja course showcases spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and the resort’s double-basin marina.
A nine-time major champion, and the only golfer ever to accomplish the career grand slam on both the regular and senior tours, Player brought over five decades of experience to bear on his design for the Costa Baja course, which opened to widespread acclaim in November, 2010. In addition to the spectacular scenic grandeur – an astounding 14 holes feature Sea of Cortez views, million dollar yachts can be seen at the resort’s double-basin marina, and luxury villas hug the surrounding hillsides – the layout features some unique challenges for players of all skill levels.
With extensive bunkering, plenty of uneven stances, and the danger of desert hikes after wayward tee shots, Costa Baja is certainly no pushover. But unlike many courses of this caliber, which seek to punish the slightest misstep, Player’s design philosophy is to temper risk with big rewards. Few courses are this much fun to play, and the combination of elevated tee boxes, wide fairways, and slow greens give even the worst weekend duffer the chance to score well.
The diminutive Player, who always had to counter the strength of larger golfers with cunning and accuracy, has achieved some measure of revenge at Costa Baja, a course so generous off the tee that every David feels like a Goliath. Elevated tee boxes abound, and there are several opportunities to hit your driver a country mile (or the better part of a kilometer, if you want to convert to the metric system for the length of your stay). Even the shortest of drivers will be bragging about 300 yard bombs after their round here.
Elevated tee boxes are a course specialty at Costa Baja, and provide plenty of long driving opportunities. The signature par 5 14th hole features a drop of over 200 feet from tee to fairway, and allows golfers to admire their shots for what seems like an eternity. A number of par fours are reachable off the tee, and the par 5 18th can be greened after two well struck shots, with expansive fairways providing a nice margin of error. In other words, leave your 3 wood in the bag.
But for all its exhilaratingly elevated tee shots – roughly a third of the holes feature elevated tee boxes, although it feels like more – Costa Baja is a sophisticated layout carved and contoured to preserve the integrity or the surrounding mountain and desert terrain, and a complete test for golfers. The course requires strong iron shots from uneven and downhill lies, as well as a deft touch around the slow-paced seashore papsalum greens (a popular turf alternative in water scarce regions, as it doesn’t require fresh water). Costa Baja also requires the ability to focus on shotmaking amidst breathtaking backdrops of giant Cardon cacti, rugged mountains, and deep blue sea. This heady combination of world-class golf and picture postcard beauty makes Player’s only Mexican design one of the country’s most memorable courses.
As if Player’s pedigree, monstrous tee shots, and awe-inspiring views aren’t enough to entice, Costa Baja is administered by Troon, one of the world’s largest golf course management companies, with top-level layouts in 23 countries and 31 American states, including Troon North in Scotland, and Indian Wells in Palm Springs. Complementing the superb 18 hole layout are a full practice range, short game area, and putting greens, as well as a fully stocked golf shop (with rental clubs by Callaway). There is also a 19th hole bar and grill, where golfers can relive and exaggerate their round over margaritas and other tasty treats.
For information about stay and play packages at Costa Baja, you can visit http://www.costabajaresort.com, or call (612) 123-6000. Or find out more by calling Baja.com, toll free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411.
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