By Lydia Gregory
Guests of the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa are in for a treat with the opening of the new 18-hole Greg Norman Golf Course. Located within the exclusive community of Rancho San Lucas, a sprawling seaside 834-acre resort and residential enclave just 15 minutes from Cabo San Lucas’ downtown area, the golf course is set along the area’s famed desert landscape with ocean views from every hole for a picturesque and challenging player experience.
“What began as a vision of Cabo San Lucas’ natural landscapes and collaboration between Greg Norman Golf Course Design and Solmar Group has now turned into the one of the most anticipated golf course openings of 2020,” said Ricardo Orozco, Vice President of Operations for Solmar Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to welcome guests from all over the world to witness the beginning of a spectacular era in Solmar Hotels & Resorts history.”
Designed and developed by famed golfer Greg Norman, the golf course guides players through three different ecosystems that test their abilities to adapt and excel at the game, beginning with majestic windswept dunes, climbing through a thick cactus forest, shifting into the seashore, then returning to the beach and dunes for a grand finale. Players will appreciate the course’s unique design using innovative technology such as sharp-edged, steep-walled riveted pot bunkers constructed from recycled artificial turf that can withstand the area’s strong Pacific Ocean breezes. Norman and his design team also created a 12-hole Short Course that consists of 12 low-lying holes drawn from the regulation 18 for use during the windy season in late spring.
Also unveiling this month is the grand ranch-style golf clubhouse, perched high above the ocean with stunning views of the opening and closing holes of both nines. The clubhouse will have a restaurant with both indoor and al-fresco seating, a fully equipped golf pro-shop, and lawn event space that overlooks the fairways and ocean beyond. Adjacent to the clubhouse will be a full-service practice facility with a large driving range, an 18-hole putting course, and a dedicated short-game area with practice bunker and target greens for pitching and chipping. On the course, players will appreciate three comfort stations serving Mexican specialties and cold refreshments.
The luxurious Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa opened in January 2018. Guests are privy to other stellar amenities such as seven gourmet dining options, including the signature Anica restaurant, The Spa by the Ocean located just 100 meters from the Pacific Ocean, an expansive 120,069 square foot saltwater lagoon, a fun Kids’ Club, and much more.
The debut of the 18-hole Greg Norman Golf Course at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa is just taste of Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ plans for 2020. Guests staying at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa will enjoy a 15% inaugural discount on green fees, and guests staying at all Solmar Group hotels will have a 10% discount.