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 club’s breezy, links-style course is its revetted pot bunkers. These sharp-edged, steep-walled sandy pits are the product of EcoBunker, a British company with a patented technology that provides for the design and construction of golf bunkers that use recycled materials. The fairway and greenside bunkers at Rancho San Lucas, constructed from recycled artificial turf, are nearly identical to the natural sod-walled bunkers found on British seaside links courses. Resistant to wash-outs, the club’s synthetic low-maintenance bunkers are a first in Los Cabos.
With three high-end comfort stations spaced around the course, players will enjoy a relaxing, all-inclusive experience during the round. A beautiful clubhouse with an indoor-outdoor restaurant and event lawn overlooks the fairways and sea.