Rancho San Lucas Golf Club
During a recent site visit, Norman discussed numerous course enhancements at Rancho San Lucas, including re-vegetation plans to conserve flora and fauna. “We look at integrating indigenous landscapes and grass varietals that use the least amount of water,” he said. “Our goal is to build a sustainable course that is playable from all perspectives.” The club is in the process of enrolling in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf through Audubon International.
Tees, greens and fairways at Rancho San Lucas are surfaced in Paspalum, a disease-tolerant, drought-resistant cultivar that requires a fraction of the amount of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer required by normal grasses. Pasplaum tolerates brackish water and can be irrigated with recycled water, an important consideration in the Baja desert. The grass responds well to lower mowing heights; the speed of ball roll is comparable to that of hybrid Bermudagrass.
One of the defining characteristics of the links-style course is its revetted pot bunkers. These sharp-edged, steep-walled sandy pits are the product of a British company that uses recycled materials to construct golf bunkers. Built from reprocessed artificial turf, the fairway and greenside bunkers at Rancho San Lucas are nearly identical to the natural sod-walled bunkers found on British seaside links courses. They lend Norman’s first 18-hole course in Los Cabos a distinctive look.
With two well-positioned comfort stations on the course, players will enjoy a relaxing, all-inclusive experience during the round. A handsome ranch-themed clubhouse with an indoor-outdoor restaurant and event lawn overlooks the fairways and sea.