Couples-designed course opens in Mexico

A new private course designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples has opened in Los Cabos, Mexico. Twin Dolphin Golf Club is the centerpiece of Twin Dolphin Los Cabos, a 1,400-acre community on the Baja California peninsula.  

Couples collaborated on the design with architect Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design. The former Masters champion, who has a home in the community, also will serve as a brand ambassador for the project.  

The developer of the project, located on the site of the former Hotel Twin Dolphin, is Ohana Real Estate Investors. Montage Los Cabos includes private homes and a 122-room beachfront hotel. 

The 7,156-yard par-72 golf course offers ocean panoramas from every hole with rocky peaks of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains as a backdrop. 

“The architecture makes great use of the natural topography and the ocean views make each hole incredibly memorable,” Couples said. “We wanted this to be a course that all players can enjoy.” 

Eckenrode said the design minimizes the amount of earth that needed to be moved to protect the site’s natural contours. The routing incorporated natural arroyos on the site as design elements. 

“Without question, this is the most incredible site we have ever had the pleasure of working on,” he said. 

As part of the club’s commitment to environmental stewardship, buffer areas on each hole protect desert vegetation along the edges of the course. Fairways are capped with sand to ensure firm, fast playing conditions from start to finish. Non-potable water from the on-site desalination and water treatment facilities is used to irrigate the golf course. 

The new club also offers practice facilities that include personalized hitting stations equipped with laser measuring devices and Trackman technology. 



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