While all eyes have been on Hurricane Harvey and Irma, Los Cabos was hit with Tropical Storm Lidia August 31.
The area didn’t sustain nearly as much damage as those in U.S., however the impact was felt in the storm’s torrential rain. Rainfall totals are estimated to have been between 12 – 25 inches in a 24-hour period – more than what the area expects to receive annually.
Several of Cabo’s golf courses experienced some wash-outs and erosion, but only had minor damage. Most courses were up and running a few days after the storm.
Both Questro Golf, which includes Club Campestre San Jose, Puerto Los Cabos and Cabo Real, and Vidanta Golf, opened within a few days after the storm. While open, Vidanta is still working on post-storm cleanup.
Jason Ballog, general manager at Palmilla Golf Club, reported that the Arroyo nine at the club’s 27-hole facility has reopened but it will be another week or two before all 27 holes are fully operational. The club experienced cart path erosion, gabion and irrigation issues due to the heavy rainfall.
Some locations, however, weren’t so lucky. According to Luis Rangel, golf professional at Cabo San Lucas Country Club, the clubhouse and practice facilities remained intact but the property doesn’t expect to reopen until the beginning of October.
Erik Evans, director of golf at Cabo del Sol, a 36-hole complex, said that the Desert Course, sustained more wash-outs and erosion than the shorefront Ocean Course, which has since reopened, due to its steeper terrain.
He also said more rain fell in the mountains, which filled the rifts that dissect the Desert Course. The Desert Course will remain closed for remedial work through the end of the month to complete a post-storm clean-up and to finalize maintenance tasks.