I tend to make a big fuss about birthdays. I figure, if I don’t celebrate myself, who will? As for Jave, growing up in Jamaica, birthdays were never a big deal for him and he’s never given them much thought. So for the past seven birthdays he’s celebrated here in the U.S., I’ve tried to make up for lost time by making him feel extra special on his personal holiday.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you may know that Jave is obsessed with golf. He first fell in love with the sport about three years ago, and ever since his first time playing, he’s been hooked. I mean, he plays at least once a week, and when he’s not playing, he’ll go to the range or just putt around. He’s bought all sorts of clubs, golf outfits, shoes, gloves, and even a pair of atrocious neon-orange golf sunglasses. He even watches the Golf Channel…religiously.
So earlier this year as I started thinking about what to do for Jave’s birthday, it was obvious that somehow, golf would have to be involved. But where? I’m not really into repeat experiences, and since we’d already played at two different courses in Palm Springs in the recent past, I decided I wanted to treat Jave to an unforgettable golf experience in an unforgettable destination.
Meanwhile, without knowing that I was secretly planning a golf getaway, Jave kept lamenting about how we needed an escape and how nice it would be to go to Mexico. So naturally, I started researching golf courses in Mexico. After deciding to go to Cabo San Lucas for its ease of access in light of Jave’s work schedule, I booked a stay at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, an all-inclusive resort that, along with other Pueblo Bonito sister properties, provides exclusive access to Quivira Golf Club.
Designed by renowned golf champion, Jack Nicklaus, Quivira opened in December 2014 and was named the “Best New International Golf Course of 2014” by Golf Magazine. I don’t know much about what to look for in a golf course, but I knew that a round of golf at a course with Nicklaus’ name on it would be a unique experience, and after viewing an online gallery of the course which blends perfectly into the desert-meets-the-sea terrain, I was sold.
As far as I’m concerned, the $307 price tag which included a twilight tee time ($193), equipment rental ($64; because who wants to travel with golf clubs?!), and a rider’s fee ($50) for me to drive the cart, was money well spent. And Jave was really surprised by the quality of the clubs which he’d been worried about when he decided not to bring his own. According to him, the rented clubs were top quality and only gently used, so the $64 equipment rental fee was definitely worth it. Considering that it would be Jave’s first time playing on such an exclusive course, and considering that we were celebrating a landmark birthday, I wasn’t too worried about the cost. YOLO – right?Life is about having rich experiences…because #YOLO. Golf & dine @QuiviraCabos Click To Tweet
After several hours on the course – which was prolonged by our incessant jaw-dropping and picture-taking – we headed back to our resort (a short 5 minute shuttle ride away) to clean up for dinner. When I initially planned this trip, I planned on taking Jave to Frida, a well-reviewed, upscale Mexican restaurant at our resort, for his birthday dinner. But when we got to Cabo, Jave told me he’d rather have a steak dinner, so I changed our dinner reservation to Quivira Golf Club’s Steakhouse.
I rarely eat red meat, so an occasional filet mignon with gravy is right up my alley. Jave ordered a 16 ounce porterhouse with a red wine reduction sauce which, of course, was impossible to finish. We each ordered two sides: I had mashed potatoes and creamed spinach while Jave ordered mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. Our meal was incredible – one of the best I’ve had in awhile.
For dessert I had the turtle cheesecake while Jave ordered an apple crumble cake, and while my dessert was better, they were both really good.
For guests of Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, dinner at the steakhouse is quasi-inclusive as we had to pay a $35 per person surcharge which included all non-premium alcoholic drinks, one entrée with one side per person, and one dessert per person. We ended up paying a bit extra for each of our additional side dishes for a total of less than $10. Our deliciously filling dinner with gorgeous sunset and beach views at an exclusive golf club was totally worth it.
At the end of the day, after scoring a +8 (which is pretty good in golf lingo) on a fabulous course followed by such a great meal, Jave was still on cloud nine when we got back to our resort that night. He told me this was his best birthday ever. And for a guy who grew up not really celebrating his birthday, it touched my heart to hear him say that.
Certainly, not all of our future golf getaways will measure up to Quivira, but our experience there definitely raised the bar.
*For more details about Quivira Golf Club and to book your experience, click here.