Mario Navarro, a native of Juarez, Mexico who has worked at some of the finest golf facilities in Latin America, has been hired as the head golf pro at Rancho San Lucas Golf Club. The club’s spectacular Greg Norman Signature design golf course is slated to open this fall.
“I´m thrilled to be back in Cabo working at such a wonderful resort and residential development that provides so much to its owners and guests,” Navarro said. “The Greg Norman-designed course will offer excellent playability and strategic nuances for all types of golfers.”
An early adapter, Navarro was introduced to golf when he was four years old and progressed quickly. He played high school golf in El Paso, Texas at Cathedral High School and later played Division 1 golf for the University of Texas at El Paso, where he studied advertising.
A fine competitive player, Navarro won several prestigious tournaments on the Mexican amateur circuit. As a professional, he has worked in golf operations for 18 years throughout Latin America, including in Los Cabos, Juárez and Guatemala. From 2004-07, he served as first assistant golf professional at Cabo del Sol, the landmark 36-hole complex. He also worked at Querencia, an exclusive private club in Los Cabos, as an assistant golf professional from 2007-12. He later served as Querencia’s director of golf for 2 ½ years.
Previously, Navarro worked at La Reunion Golf Resort in Guatemala, which hosted a PGA Tour Latino-america tournament for five years. A first-class instructor, he also was named the national golf coach for Guatemala and worked with the team for one year.
“I´m happy to be able to come back to Cabo and work with director of golf Brad Wheatley to create a premier golf operation that will give our golfers a fun, challenging and memorable experience,” Navarro enthused. “The incredible dune-and-desert setting of the golf course will expose players to three different ecosystems. In addition, the handsome hacienda-style clubhouse will deliver a special taste of Mexican culture that’s unique to Baja California Sur.”
Navarro has relocated to Los Cabos with his wife of 11 years, Ada Albo; and their two children, Ada (eight) and Mario (seven).