It would be easy to accuse Jack Nicklaus of overhyping his latest Mexican design.
"Our team has worked with the canvas that Mother Nature has provided to create what we hope is one of the most spectacular courses in the world," said Nicklaus of his new layout, Quivira Golf Club.
Hyperbole? Not this time.
If anything, Nicklaus is understating his case. Upon its October 1, 2014 opening, Quivira instantly earned its place as one of the most beautiful courses on earth.
Whether it's playable for mid- to high-handicaps is another matter, but it dazzles at every turn. Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, just south of acclaimed Diamante, Quivira is the centerpiece of an 1,850-acre master-planned community.
The Nicklaus Signature course hits its stride at the 310-yard par-4 fifth, reached via a vertigo-inducing cart journey up the mountain. The par-3 sixth and its back-nine sibling, the 13th, offer equally dizzying vistas.
Because Quivira edges the Pacific Ocean rather than the calmer Sea of Cortez, the wind blows harder here than at other Nicklaus designs in the area, so those fantasy-calendar clifftop holes might prove unmanageable. Time will tell.
Open to guests of the four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Cabo, Quivira is sure to leave a lasting impression. So pack your camera and perhaps a thesaurus -- by the end of your round, you're likely to run out of synonyms for "wow."
7,139 yards, par 72; green fees: $115-$295; 800-990-8250, pueblobonito.com