Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loréto will soon be offering Club Caribe members the chance to play a round or two of golf on the sparkling new Danzante Bay Golf Course to open on the grounds of the already impressive resort. World-renowned golf architect Rees Jones is heading the 7,400-yard project that will overlook the stunning Danzante Bay and the shimmering waters of the Sea of Cortez. Here we have a sneak preview of the great course to come.
Having designed over 170 golf courses, Rees Jones certainly knows what it takes to harmonize the pristine beauty of the surrounding landscape at the Islands of Loréto with the formula for a world-class golf course. The 18-hole course is intended to offer a challenging yet pleasant course that dovetails with the natural environment. Together with his design team at Rees Jones Golf Course Design Inc., Jones is orchestrating the layout of the course to work with the natural contours of the land and maximize the incredible views of the Islands of Loréto, Danzante Bay and the Giganta Mountains.
Jones reports, “This land is so good it tells us what to do. The holes fit the land naturally.” The environmental impact of the golf course is certainly taken into serious account by Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loréto, which also runs a number of ecological programs at the resort to minimize the impact of tourism on the natural environment.
With the first five holes planned to open in December, the ambitious project will use Paspalum turf (perfect for the Baja California climate) and feature sandy pockets and green contours that are manageable in the wind while showcasing stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and the Islands of Loréto. When the course’s 18 holes are complete, there will be a lake at its center joining holes 10 and 11, incorporating a number of different landscapes such as streams, valleys, dunes and foothills. “This is going to be a golf course that both avid and casual golfers will want to travel to play, enjoy and experience,” said Jones, and the plan is to make the course accessible and pleasurable to any caliber of golfer from casual to professional.
Just imagine using your Club Caribe membership to stay at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loréto, where you could walk the beach in the morning, kayak at noon, play a round of golf before sunset and finish off in the Sabila Spa with a relaxing massage – all in one day!