We Take a Swing at Rees Jones’s Now Completed Danzante Bay Course in Mexico
Back in the fall of 2016, the Danzante Bay Golf Club unveiled the first 11 completed holes of its dramatic and unique layout designed by Rees Jones. It’s a course that plays over, around, and between the rocky, scrub-covered buttes of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja peninsula.
At that time, invited media guests (and, soon thereafter, guests of the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa) played the first hole, a short par 4 with a wide fairway and few hazards; the ninth hole, a downhill par 3 framed by the clubhouse and a prominent, rocky bluff beyond; and the course’s diverse back nine, a stretch of holes punctuated by the layout’s signature 178-yard par 3 (more on this later).
Two weeks before Christmas, the golf club celebrated its official grand opening, with Jones on hand to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony, to speak about the project, and to evaluate the recently completed holes in the most honest manner possible—with a golf club in his hands. “I was given an unbelievable piece of land,” says Jones. “People now can enjoy the natural aspects of it as well as the game of golf.”