A new real estate development project anchored by a golf course designed by the major winning golfer Ernie Els is currently in construction in Los Cabos.
Els was pictured walking around the sand dunes on the Cabo coastline where the course called “Oleada”, which can be translated as tide or waves, is set to be built.
The area is about 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas. It’s potentially going to be located near the El Pedregal neighborhood which is widely considered the best neighborhood in Cabo.
Currently, this is virgin land on a small hill that overlooks the ocean. The land seemed to have been recently for sale before it was bought up by the investment group that’s bringing in Els.
The hope is that this vacant lot will be turned into a 7,336-yard links-style course by 2026. Els has promised to include five par 3 holes and five par 5 holes to the course to provide a balanced challenge for the golfers that decide to take his design on.
Ernie Hopes To Use The Natural Landscape To Influence His Design
Els and his design group have already drawn up the course layout. The idea is to ensure that all of the holes on the course feature an ocean view.
To accomplish that, his design will likely have to take advantage of the natural elevation in the area to ensure that even the holes that don’t run along the coast are high enough for players to get a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean.
Speaking about the project, Els would go on to say that his goal is to use the natural sand dunes that currently make up the landscape within his course design.
That could give potential players a sense of what to expect from the course when it’s ready in 2026.
In fact, Els may be able to draw from his experience working on a course in Dubai which may very well influence his Cabo property. Els recently mentioned,
“Our goal at Oleada will be to build a core golf course that harmonizes with nature,” He went on saying, “We envision a compact design that drapes naturally on the land, steps lightly on nature’s toes and functions as an environmental steward of the site’s indigenous flora and fauna.”
Non-Golf Fans May Enjoy Other Parts Of The Project
The entire plot that was bought by developer San Jose Pacifica takes up 860 acres of land along the coast.
The Ernie Els-designed course is set to be accompanied by at least 3 brand-new resorts. Currently, no hotel brands have been attached to the project.
Along with the hotels, though, the developer also plans to add a residential area along the course.
Currently, they are building an email list that interested potential buyers can sign up for in order to receive updates when residential plots become available for purchase.
Els Adds His Name To The List Of Top Players That Have Designed Golf Courses In The Area
With this new design, Els will be adding his name to the list of world-renowned golfers that have attached their names to courses built in Baja California Sur.
It was way back in 1992 when Jack Nicklaus crafted the Palmilla golf course and followed it up by designing the Cove that this tradition started.
In more recent years, it was Tiger Woods’ turn to design a course in the area at El Cardonal. Currently, both Nicklaus and Greg Norman are working on courses in the region.
Federico Gaxiola, the project director who is essentially Els’ eyes and ears on the ground in Cabo, was questioned about the demand for more golf courses in the area.
Particularly, he was being asked if there were any concerns that with the courses currently operating and in development in the region demand could dry up. Gaxiola confidently mentioned,
“Demand is growing and, at the same time, more courses in Cabo are becoming private, so there remains room for more new courses,”
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