by Dale Rombough
If you're considering a golf vacation in the Baja Peninsula, be prepared to fall in love! And if the Baja hasn't yet made your destination short list, do yourself a favor and follow your heart right down the West Coast to this beautiful region of Mexico, where warm hospitality, inspiring scenery and great golf combine to create a golf vacation paradise.
Baja tourism didn't take off until the 1950's but now visitors can vacation in luxury and play tropical and links-style golf courses, as well as desert, target and oceanfront layouts. While the number of championship golf courses has blossomed in recent years, the Mexican government has (with great foresight) made sure that development is done with delicacy. The Baja remains renowned for its original lure-sparkling blue waters and long sandy beaches-yet the experience of a Baja vacation has been expanded to now include golf courses and resorts defined by inspiring panoramas of breathtaking seaside, desert and mountain views. Naturally, many of golf's top architects have been motivated to design several of Baja's golf course masterpiece layouts, including Jack Nicklaus himself, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Pete Dye.
Picture-perfect golf memories in the Baja are a dime a dozen but golfers be warned: it's easy to lose focus on your game while drooling over the amazing scenery! The "drawbacks" of gorgeous landscapes aside, Baja's golf courses offer formidable challenges to all players regardless of skill. Be sure to bring all your clubs as you will need them to negotiate the Baja's expansive fairways, sudden elevation shifts, ingenious traps, mean doglegs and last but not least, unpredictable seaside breezes that can turn to wind in a heartbeat.
How do you top a perfect day of Baja golf? Retire to one of the many luxurious resorts and hotels that dot the Peninsula, and are especially concentrated in "The Corridor", the stretch of land between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. You'll enjoy first class service, amenities, and accommodations, as offered by fine establishments like the One&Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, a benchmark of quality for golf resorts worldwide, and ranked #1 by Conde Nast Traveler on their 2004 Top 100 Golf Resorts list. If you need further incentive to travel to the Baja to play golf then consider the favourable exchange rate of 11 Pesos to 1 USD!
The high quality of the golf courses and accommodations combined with affordability make Mexico's beautiful Baja Peninsula a one-of-a-kind golf destination. It doesn't matter where you stay and tee off in the Baja, you're practically guaranteed an unforgettable golf holiday. Golfers don't just visit the Baja, they fall in love with it-and so will you!
About the Author: Dale Rombough is a contributor to golfbaja.com, a comprehensive golf course guide for golfing in the Baja. Visit www.golfbaja.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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