Attention Chicago golfers! It is just about time to ditch the office and cruise down to Cabo San Lucas for nine holes and a party at the pool. As one of the best golf courses and hotels in the Cabo area, Palmilla seems to be one of the best places for a tired traveller or an avid golfer. Offering one of the most beautiful 9 hole courses in Mexico, the Arroy course at Palmilla is both a rewarding and challenging course to play: whether one is a professional player or just a casual golfer.
With the Mexico climate and the terrain faced on the Arroyo course alone, golfers may not want to schedule 18 holes right away. Being one of three 9 hole courses at the Palmilla Resort, Arroyo captures the beauty of Mexico, while keeping the basic element of an old course setting.
The first hole on Arroyo is 360 yards long and bears to the left. This wide fairway flows into the surrounding mountain, desert atmosphere. The green is situated amongst a pocket of bunkers and a strategically placed group of trees for an added challenge. Following the left-handed pattern of the first hole, number two incorporates more of the Mexican hills and a decent sized peak about forty yards outside of the green. Number three on Arroyo is an extremely long par 5. At about 518 yards, the cacti will have a golfer thinking of a desert, before reaching the oasis of the green.
Making it to the fourth hole where an ice cold glass of water awaits should serve as an added relief. The mesmerizing and beautiful blue lake bordering the tee box is a hazard for the first one hundred or so yards only to be followed by another lake on the right side of the fairway: the only relief comes at the end when golfers are met by a flat green. On the fifth hole, golfers meet a short par 3 that can be reached in one, but could eat up the other two strokes with putts: difficulty comes from reading or misreading the break that tends to fall right off the side of the cup. Number six combines the incredible diversity of trees and sand with the intimidating dogleg left style of this par 4. If players have a natural slice, then consider number six to be the lucky hole, but for others, expect to be holding on tight to the cart as the turns could throw one right off.
Number seven on Arroyo is a long, tough hole that opens with nearly one hundred yards of cacti and wildlife. The best advice for number seven would be to stay in the center of the fairway and not to overshoot the green because the ball could roll down into the ocean. A long par 3, number eight, has a narrow opening to land on, but with a nice bounce off the grassy wall to the right of the hole should set up an easy chip to the cup. Finish the nine hole Arroyo with one of the most majestic on all of the course. With a solid opening drive, golfers can shoot right over the rolling hills and center sand traps to the green. As one of the more difficult greens to read, this number nine essentially has a crater that holds the pin: too slow will follow the curve whereas a putt too fast will send the ball zooming down and over the cup. No matter the final score, a day out on Arroyo should lighten the spirits of any golfer or ‘snow bird’ from up North.