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Palmilla Golf

Carr. Transpeninsular Km 7.5 Fracc. Palmilla, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico

General Information

Palmilla offers golfers spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez from nearly every hole as it winds through centuries old cardon cacti and rugged desert mountain terrain, making each hole a memorable experience for golfers of every skill level.

The Palmilla Golf Club has received numerous awards and accolades from top national golf publications, including Links, Golfweek and Golf World.

The Courses

The course is divided into the Arroyo Nine, the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine. The five sets of staggered tee boxes ensure golfers, from beginners to professionals, an exciting game.

The Ocean Nine

The course was completed in 1999 and features a 600 elevation change from holes one to six. The Ocean Nine takes advantage of the natural desert and mountain terrain and incorporates challenging directional changes.
Several holes are located within a pitching wedge of the ocean, affording players unparalleled panoramic views of the Sea of Cortes. Featuring two par threes and two par five s, the new layout stretches to 3,527 yards.

The Arroyo Nine

The course stretches 3,337 yards, and is best known for holes 6,7, and 8, featuring doglegs, lengthy forced carries and breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortes. Tee up in the shadow of centuries-old cardon cacti, cross deep canyons, and share your journey with quail, roadrunner and hawks. This nine-hole course stretches a memorable 3,337 yards. Holes 6, 7, and 8-called “three of the best holes in all of Los Cabos Golf”- offer formidable doglegs, lengthy forced carries and sweeping views of the Sea of Cortez.

The Mountain Nine

Find inspiration in flawless greens framed by mountains and brilliant blue sky.The third hole-“one of the greatest par fours of the world”-leads you 470 yards uphill to an ample driving area. The fourth and fifth holes take golfers alongside a water reservoir, concluding with a green framed by the mountainside. This endlessly interesting nine-hole course extends 3,602 yards.

Meet the Pro – Jason Ballog

Jason’s career has largely been at Palmilla Golf Course. He not only knows the facility inside and out, he has chosen to settle his family in Los Cabos. His wife Caroline Elizabeth, originally from Texas, teaches at a Los Cabos private school and their daughter is in kindergarten. Ballog says, living in Los Cabos is a great adventure. What he most likes about Los Cabos is foremost, the people and their culture.

The next,” he proclaims, “is obviously the climate and the weather, which drew me here. 360 days of sunshine. It’s always great. Literally, at Palmilla Golf Course, if you look outside there is desert and ocean. You look up, it’s Scottsdale Arizona almost, and you turn around and it’s the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos.

As Golf Director, every detail at the Palmilla Golf Course goes through him. “I don’t get to golf too much, but it’s great. You get to meet a lot of people, many from the US and Canada but also from Australia as well as mainland Mexico.”

Pamilla was Jack Nicklaus’ first Signature golf course in Latin America.

“We say we kicked off the golf boom in Los Cabos. We have 27 holes, and they each have a signature hole, so it’s not just one per course, it’s one per nine holes. We are truly a golf club. We have a small golf shop. We have yardage books still, though no GPS at the moment, it might be coming down the road, but strictly adhere to that golf club status. In addition, you get amazing ocean views from all 27 holes which are usually in impeccable tournament conditions throughout the year, with the majority of maintenance being done in August and September. However, even then, we simply close down one course of nine holes at a time and always offer 18 holes year round. We can’t complain too much there.”

The Signature holes at Palmilla are Ocean Course, number 3, Arroyo Course, number 7 and Mountain Course number 5. Five Mountain is one of Ballog’s favorite holes.

“The course itself, offers a challenge to any level, in terms of expert to novice,” declares Ballog, “five sets of tees give that, but the trade winds can vary here and when they do, it can make a difficult golf course.”

Women are especially well-treated at Palmilla Golf Course,” he shared, explaining it this way: “Nicklaus doesn’t have a lot of force-carries for women on the course. He put ladies’ tee boxes on certain areas so it’s very easy for ladies to play here and we do get a lot of ladies playing here, either with
their husbands or in groups. Typically in the golf industry we see a lot less ladies playing in certain areas, but here, with One&Only Palmilla being a couple’s resort, we do get a lot of women playing. It’s about 60/40 but Nicklaus understood that on the resort side, and with the terrain we have, he made sure they would have a great time, instead of beating them up out there, he incorporated the tee boxes to make sure the holes play easy for them in certain areas.”

Ballog and Jaron Higgens are the two full-time instructors at Palmilla Golf Course, where they utilize, one of the unique offerings of Troon Golf, which is the revolutionary Robo Golf Pro®, a teaching robot. It is a mechanical swing tool that helps golfers stay in position for their swing in order to optimize it. “One of the greatest distinctions at Palmilla Golf Course, is that all club members are treated equally,” states Ballog, “is whether you own real estate in Palmilla or not, you can still join the club as a nonresident member. Palmilla Golf Course’s core philosophy is, “We aim to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time. Palmilla was the first here and hopes to be the last. We continue to strive for being great and number one in the market, making sure our conditions are great, our customer service is great and that everyone feels at home.”

Palmilla Grill

The Palmilla Grill is open 6:30a to 8p daily. The Grill offers breakfast sandwiches, lunch, light snacks and beverages. The signature items include the Palmilla Fish Tacos, Quesadillas and top shelf Margaritas

    • Beverage carts are available on the golf course from 9am to 5pm daily.
    • Box lunches are available upon request.

Rent Clubs

If you don’t have clubs, don’t want to hassle with traveling with clubs, or simply want to try the latest technology, Palmilla Golf Club offers premium Callaway rentals. As a Troon Golf-managed facility, Palmilla Golf Club benefits from receiving updated Callaway Club Rentals every year. The set you rent will be new and the latest technology. Our premium Callaway Club rentals include:

* Rouge Woods
* Rouge Hybrids
* Rouge Irons
* Odyssey Putter

Club rental cost is $65 before 11:30 AM, $45 from 11:30 AM-2:50 PM and $35 at 3:00 PM and after.
Callaway Club rental selection includes Men’s (Regular or Stiff Irons) and Ladies right and left handed sets.
For more information on our premium Callaway Club Rentals call the golf shop at +52-624-144-5250.

Practice Facility:

Palmilla Golf Club’s practice facility is open 6:45 AM-6:30 PM. Guests may come and use the driving range on days without playing for a cost of $20+ per person.


Take advantage of our most popular offer and stay a little longer with complimentary nights on us. Book a three-night stay and we’ll make it four, or book five and we’ll make it seven. Either way you’ll enjoy access to our fitness classes plus unlimited snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding along our swimmable beach.

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