Jack Nicklaus – the architect behind Quivira, Cabo’s latest golf course opening

As a player, course designer and good-will ambassador, no single person has changed the face of the sport more than Jack Nicklaus, and no name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than his.


Jack, 74, has been named “Golfer of the Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was also named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN.

In November 2005, the Golden Bear was honored by President Bush at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to any civilian. The honor punctuated a year in which Jack played his final British Open, perhaps his final Masters Tournament and led the United States to a thrilling victory in The Presidents Cup.

Jack’s competitive career has spanned five decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles. He is the only player in history to have won each of the game’s majors at least three times (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens), and is the only player to have completed the career “Grand Slam” on both the regular and senior tours.

Jack is a five-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year Award, has been the PGA Tour’s leading money-winner eight times and runner-up six times. He has played on six Ryder Cup teams, captained two other Ryder Cup teams and served as U.S. captain for four Presidents Cup teams.

The legacy Jack has left as a player can be rivaled only by the legacy he is leaving as a golf-course designer.

Jack was named GolfWorld’s Architect of the Year in 1993, and in 1999, Golf Digest named him the world’s leading active designer. In February 2005, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America recognized Jack with its highest honor, The Old Tom Morris Award. In 2001, he received both the Donald Ross Award (American Society of Golf Course Architects) and the Donald Rossi Award (Golf Course Builders Association of America), and was honored with the International Network of Golf’s Achievement in Golf Course Design Award for 2000-2001.

To date, Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 290 courses open for play worldwide, and his thriving business, Nicklaus Design, has 380 courses open for play around the world. Nicklaus Design courses are represented in 36 countries, 39 states, and at least 110 have hosted a combined total of close to 750 professional tournaments or significant national amateur championships. The firm currently has projects under construction or under development in 22 different countries. Quivira Golf Club will be Nicklaus Design’s sixth course in Los Cabos and his 23rd overall in Mexico.

Since 1962, Jack has added the moniker of “businessman” to his lengthy résumé. He is chairman of the privately held Nicklaus Companies. In October 2008, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack “The Most Powerful Person in Golf” for the fifth consecutive year, due to his impact on various aspects of the industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing business, and his involvement on a national level with various charitable causes. He was also named “Golf Development Newsmaker of the Year” for 2005 by Golf Inc., and the Robb Report once named Jack the “Leading Power Player” in the golf market.

In January 2008, Jack was recognized for his global impact through design as well as his philanthropic efforts at home when he was presented with The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. Bestowed by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the award recognizes executives who exemplify a commitment to the common good—beyond the bottom line—and who demonstrate that private firms should be stellar citizens in their own neighborhoods, as well as in the world.

Jack and his wife Barbara have a long history of involvement in numerous charitable activities, from junior golf to children’s hospitals to several scholarship foundations. Because of their contributions to golf and to community, Barbara and Jack have been honored many times, including the 2007 Francis Ouimet Lifelong Contributions to Golf Award.

Residing in North Palm Beach, Fla., Jack and Barbara Nicklaus are parents to five children and grandparents to 23.

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It has been said that Quivira -Nicklaus’s 26th design in the Caribbean and Mexico-, may prove to be Jack Nicklaus’ most memorable design. Quivira, will feature more seaside holes than any other course in Los Cabos, in a spectacular setting at the tip of the Baja Peninsula marked by sheer granite cliffs, huge windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills.


For information on golf villas and condominiums available at Quivira — be sure to contact me for a personal tour in the Hummer of the dunes, the historic lighthouse, and properties available for sale.

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Quivira Los Cabos – Premier Master Planned Golf & Ocean Community

Project Overview 

Quivira Los Cabos is an multi-billion dollar Master-Planned Community on 1850 acres and is one of the developers most challenging project yet. The pristine, untouched land facing the Pacific Ocean was a secret that no one knew. There was a vision for privacy, elegance, security, and beauty in a total master planned resort within a resort with villas, estates, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

The project started back in 1998 with no roads, no power, no water in a hilly, windy, desert. The developer saw the beauty in the site with the miles of pristine white beaches and the paradise that could be created from his vision.  “If we build it they will come” became the motto and with the best architects & landscape designers and resort first opened in 2002.

The master planned vision consists of million dollar residences, shopping, and park & recreation centers for a total resort residential community.


The Developer 

Ernosto (Neto) Coppel Kelly in 2011, was appointed as Mexico’s voice of tourism. He was instrumental in transforming Cabo San Lucas from a 3rd World Country to a first class vacation and resort destination.  For his vision, dedication, and his charismatic personality he is been fondly called the “King of Cabo.” Ernesto Coppel Kelly is the founder and head of Pueblo Bonito celebrating over 26 years with two resorts in Mazatlan and four in Los Cabos. He contributes heavily to the communities where the resorts are located in beautification of surroundings and environment protection, plus he is highly claimed for his philanthropist contributions to local organizations.  To start the construction of the Sunset Beach resorts, he paved the road from Squid Roe to Sunset Beach at a cost of $4m. Neto also helped organize the billboard and graffiti campaign to clean up Cabo San Lucas.



Quivira Los Cabos is located in the heart of the Sunset Beach just five minutes from Downtown Cabo San Lucas and 40 minutes from the San Jose del Cabo International Airport. As the second most popular tourist destination in Mexico, Los Cabos is just a few hours away by air from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, and other major cities in the United States.

Los Cabos 

Los Cabos is a premiere resort destination at the tip of the Baja California Sur.  Cabo San Lucas started as a shelter for pirates and grew to become the heart off the in-scene of Los Cabos with most of the activity centering around the marina. It’s sister city, San Jose Del Cabo, founded as Mision San Jose Anuiti de las Palmas in 1730, is now gracious and charming. Los Cabos is Mexico’s premier resort destination and is known for stellar sport fishing, championship golf, pristine beaches, and endless natural beauty with a easy going yet sophisticated atmosphere with year round temperatures of 78 degrees.

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Quivira Golf Club on track to open Spring 2014


Recently, we had the privilege of sitting down with Brad Wheatley, the new Director of Golf out at Quivira Golf Club to talk about the upcoming opening of the course.  A few questions and answers from the discussion are provided:

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Upon property completion, what exactly will the Quivira Golf Club facilities include?
The first of two 18 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses is scheduled to open for play on June of 2014.
Clubhouse with full service golf and lifestyle shop, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and a complement of full-service, resort-style concierge services.

What type of membership is offered?

Property owners at Copala will be eligible to apply for an individual annual membership or a residential annual family membership on an invitation only basis. Club Members will have full access to all of the Quivira Golf Club amenities.

What does an Annual Individual Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Indivdual Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What does an Annual Family Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Family Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member, spouse of member, and all children under 25 years of age. In addition the parents of the member and spouse have the ability to enjoy the facilities when in residence without additional charge.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What is the initiation deposit for membership at Quivira golf Club?
There is no initiation fee for the annual membership.

What is the process to apply for membership?

The property owner must complete a membership application. Upon processing and acceptance, Quivira Golf Club will welcome the candidate as a new member. Membership photo identifications cards will be issued thru the concierge services in the clubhouse. This card will be required for all charges to the membership account at the club.

What are the annual dues for membership?

Dues for the annual membership program are $ 7,000 usd for the individual annual membership and $ 10,000 usd for the family annual membership. 16% iva tax is applicable

May I have my own private golf cart and store it at my home?

Private golf carts are allowed and encouraged at Quivira. Private carts must be leased thru the club with the lease charge being applied directly to the members account. Carts will be identical to the clubs fleet with the exception that private golf carts will include headlights and for use on the developments surface streets.

I have children/family that do not qualify under the above conditions, what would their privileges be under my membership?

Children not qualifying for membership privileges and any other “extended family” grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters) may use the facilities for a reduced rate as established by The Club. Accompanied family and extended family may use the facilities as many times as they wish, however, The Club reserves the right to restrict family and/or extended family access if activity or other factors dictate.

How many times may a non-member utilize the facilities as a guest?

Any particular guest may only utilize the golf course facilities 6 days during any calendar year. Multi-round golf tournaments (or tournaments during which play is on more than one day) will only be considered as one guest visit.

If I am not available to play are my guests still able to play or visit unaccompanied?
Yes, on a space available limited basis. Unaccompanied golf guests are restricted to a maximum number per day.(to be determined by management from time to time) Unaccompanied guest requests to use any of the club facilities must be made thru the golf shop and are at the discretion of management. Quivira Golf Club may further restrict unaccompanied or sponsored groups as activity or other factors dictate.

If I play more than 18 holes per day with my guest(s), is the rate the same?
Guest rates are based on eighteen holes of play, not a full day’s usage. Space available additional golf will be charged at 50% of the prevailing rate.

How many golf guests may I host per day?
Currently, any member may only host 3 golf guests per day. This will allow each group to include one member and not exceed the maximum group size (foursome.) For example, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members and they want to host 6 guests. Mr. Smith would host one group of 3, and Mrs. Smith would host the other group of 3.

If an individual member wishes to host more than 3 guests per day, the additional guests may only play in a pre-approved unaccompanied guest tee time and will be subject to the unaccompanied guest fee.

How are guest fees charged? Can my guest pay directly?

Accompanied guests and unaccompanied guests may pay for their own guest fee using a major credit card or cash.

What is the dress code – both in the Clubhouse and on the golf course?

It is expected that members and guests will dress in a fashion befitting the surroundings and atmosphere at The Club. Sleeved shirts and shoes are required at all times in the Clubhouse and dining areas. Silk screened t shirts, cut-offs, halters tops, tank tops or swimsuits are not appropriate golf attire.

If I do not plan to visit Los Cabos for an extended period of time or cannot use the facilities for some reason, does The Club offer a “leave of absence?”

The Club does not offer a “leave of absence” due to the typical use patterns of our membership.

Does The Club allow “fivesomes”?

Requests for fivesome play must be made when the tee time is made. All fivesomes are subject to golf shops discretion. Members must observe all club pace of play regulation and maintain their position on the golf course.

May I use my cellular phone at The Club?

Cellular telephone use is prohibited in the Clubhouse. Cell phone usage on the golf course will be at the discretion of the user and only with the prior approval of his/her playing partners. Cellular telephones are also prohibited in and around all golf practice areas. Telephones should be set to silent or vibrate mode while on the property.

May I pay my monthly charges by credit card?
Yes, The Club offers and encourages this option to automatically debit your credit card for the payment of your monthly statement. Statements will be available on line at the Quivira Golf Club membership website or will be sent to the appropriate billing address if requested.

Is tipping allowed at The Club?
Cash tipping is not permitted by Members of The Club, or their guests, to any Club employee. All tips/gratuities will be charge to the members account and distributed to the staff. Members may also show their gratitude for the staff each year by making a contribution to the employee holiday fund. Such contributions will be charged to the members’ account.

Are my pets allowed on the property?
With the exception of assistance animals (guide dogs), pets are prohibited on the golf course, practice areas, and clubhouse and beach club areas.

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Copala at Quivira Los Cabos – Full Ownership at Pueblo Bonito Resorts

Pueblo Bonito Hotels and Resorts, a collection of six luxury hotels, is now building residences in Cabo San Lucas.

The golf and ocean view gated community of Copala will feature the best of luxury living at every level. The luxurious homes and villas are carefully designed to complement and enhance the breathtaking landscape. Each home will meld luxury living with contemporary Mexican decor and upscale finishing touches with all the modern conveniences of home.

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Seven towers of villas consisting of garden level to penthouse level homes starting from the $220,000’s. Three and Four bedroom luxury homes start from the $400,000’s and lots from the $100,000’s.  Community amenities include a yacht club, a community organic garden, a wine club, beach club on the Pacific Ocean, a holistic club, art gallery, restaurants, shops, and of course the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

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Copala, located on the 16th hole of this magnificent course, is uniquely positioned to provide easy access for golfers and beautiful vistas for spectators. unique natural terrain including sand dunes, rugged cliffs, and white sand beaches provide the setting for holes that hug the coastline and wind through the rolling hillside. The result is truly one-of-a-kind golf experience that features the most ocean front holes in all of Baja … and what many anticipate to be on the of best courses in Mexico!

Financing is available — with as little as 35% down you have 2 years to pay it off interest free. Or, finance 50% over 10 years at 6.5%.  Or… cash is still king with a discount available for purchases in full.

A treasure of a lifetime!

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