Los Cabos-area golf courses on the rebound from Hurricane Odile

Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile

“Margaritaville”, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s paean to the popular tropical drink, is a tune that probably gets a lot of play in the bars and restaurants of Los Cabos, the 20-mile-long tourist-destination corridor at the tip of Baja California that runs from Cabo San Lucas north to San Jose del Cabo. After the region’s run-ins with Hurricane Odile and its successors, tropical storm Polo and Hurricanes Simon and Rachel, from mid-September into early October, it’s a good bet that another popular Jimmy Buffett tune, “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season”, has been banned from local jukeboxes for the foreseeable future. Remarkably, by October 6, just three weeks after Odile made landfall, authorities in the region were announcing that public services in the popular tourist destination are returning to normal.

Odile, a Category 3 hurricane, made landfall at Los Cabos in the evening hours of September 14 and rampaged its way up the spine of the peninsula, dowsing the region with torrential rains and wreaking havoc with winds of up to 125 miles per hour. The storm is the strongest to hit the Baja Peninsula in recorded history. Twenty-four hours later, after traveling 300 miles up the mountainous spine of Baja California and into the lightly populated middle region of the peninsula, Odile had decreased in violence to mere “tropical storm” status with winds of no more than 65 miles per hour.

Odile was followed in close succession by tropical storm Polo and two more hurricanes, Simon and Rachel, all of which fortunately remained well offshore, in the Eastern Pacific waters west of Baja California. It’s just as well, as Simon reached Class 4 intensity on October 4, with sustained winds of 135 miles per hour.

Odile left in its wake near-universal power outages and massive amounts of physical damage, causing hardships to local residents and tourists alike. Telephone service, transportation – including Los Cabos International Airport – and potable water supplies were all seriously affected by the storm.

The Mexican government’s response to the crisis has been swift. Their $5 million recovery campaign was lauded by Greg Tallman, director of golf at Cabo del Sol. “The response from the federal government has been beyond incredible,” said Tallman. “This is the playbook for how to deal with a natural disaster.”

According to the Mexico Tourism Board, approximately 5,000 hotel rooms in Los Cabos are expected to open by October 15, with an additional 7,000 rooms open by mid-November. A final 10,000 rooms to become available by mid-December.

Along with the hotels, resorts, restaurants. Other tourist facilities that sustained damage in the storm were the area’s dozen or so golf courses. Directors of golf at Cabo’s leading facilities are reporting this week that cleanup and restoration efforts are well underway. With relatively minor damage due to erosion and sand intrusion. With generally minor loss of the regionally ubiquitous cactus, golf courses in Los Cabos began to reopen in excellent condition on October 1. All are expected to be in operation by mid-December.

Opening dates, when known. Other information, is as follows:

COURSE NAME: OPENING DATE

· Cabo del Sol Desert: November 15 (estimated)

· Cabo del Sol Ocean: October 1, holes 10-18. Special rate of $75 for 9 holes (10-18), $125 all day. Complete course open November 1 (estimated)

· Cabo Real: October 1. Special rate October 1-10 – $40. Free club rentals with donation of food, clothing. money to help victims of Hurricane Odile

· Chileno Bay: October 31 (estimated)

· Club Campestre San José: October 1. Special rate October 1-10 – $40. Free club rentals with donation of food, clothing. money to help victims of Hurricane Odile

· CSL Country Club: October 4

· Diamante Dunes: November 1 (estimated)

· El Dorado: (to be confirmed)

· Palmilla: December 15 (estimated)

· Puerto Los Cabos: October 1. Special rate October 1-10 – $60. Free club rentals with donation of food, clothing. money to help victims of Hurricane Odile

· Punta Sur: November 27 (estimated)

· Querencia: October 7

Two newcomers to the Los Cabos golf scene, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Quivira. Diamante’s El Cardonal, the first complete 18-hole design from Tiger Woods, are slated to open for the first time on October 9 (Quivira). In mid-December (El Cardonal). The addition of these two new venues brings the total number of courses in Los Cabos to 14, cementing the region’s position as Mexico’s golf capital.

Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile
Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile
Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile
Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile

Los Cabos-area Golf Courses On The Rebound From Hurricane Odile

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