Palmilla Golf Club by Jack Nicklaus
The Grande Dame of Los Cabos Golf
Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico is famous for 27 holes of amazing golf and spectacular vistas. It has been recognized as the “Grand Dame of Los Cabos golf.”
As the first Jack Nicklaus Signature design in Latin America, the masterfully conceived golf course is stunning and challenging. It is a world-class masterpiece on the world stage, and is the best of Cabo golf in Los Cabos.
This Cabo golf course features spectacular vistas of the Sea of Cortez from all 27 holes. Palmilla Golf Club features a Mexican decor clubhouse, on-site golf shop and an expert staff to help provide you with superior customer service for your every golf need.
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::
- Epic Flash Woods
- Rogue Hybrids
- Rogue Irons
- Odyssey Putter
Club rental cost is $65 before 12:00 PM, $45 from 12:00 PM-1:50 PM and $35 at 2:00 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.
Palmilla Golf Club’s practice facility is open 7:00 AM until 45mins before dusk. Guests may come and use the driving range on days without playing for a cost of $20+ per person.
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.”