Golf legend Fred Couples had a clear vision when designing the Twin Dolphin Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. Set on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, the undulating 7,156-yard, par-72 layout boasts views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez—gorgeous distractions that suit Couples and architect Todd Eckenrode’s 18-hole championship course.
But in addition to sweeping vistas, Couples pictured a course that would accommodate every type of golfer. “One of the main ideas Fred had in developing the course was that it was playable for all handicaps—including kids and families,” says head golf professional Eric Romero. “You can make it as challenging as you want to.”
Romero tells the club’s members and guests that the course, which includes a bonus 19th hole, can be played in as little as three hours or as long as six. (Most golfers stay the entire day.) But you don’t come to Los Cabos to keep track of time. There’s a Niños Tee box for kids and a Practice Tee with on-site juice bar. In addition to the clubhouse, the club’s signature Red Door on-course amenities offer outdoor lounges at holes 5 and 12 with Baja-fresh fare, sweets, and a butler who creates cocktails to order.
Owners at Montage Residences Los Cabos have exclusive access to membership at the private club, which currently includes fewer than 70 members. Given the club’s exclusivity, there’s no need to book a tee time; you simply show up. “Everything is anticipated for members, from the drinks in their carts to their bags and shoes waiting for them. We even know which brand of golf ball they prefer,” Romero says. That effortless take on luxury is pure Cabo. “You have this private club with a very casual, approachable atmosphere and personalized service,” he continues. “Marry those together and you get this very unique and memorable experience.”
Off the green, the expanding Dos Arroyos campsite features paintball, 3-D-like archery, 10 miles of biking and hiking trails, a skill-development course, and glamping—complete with a chic yurt, palapa (including one for kids), and personal butler. (twindolphinloscabos.com)
By Arianne Nardo