Tiger Woods Announces His New Designed Golf Course in Cabo San Lucas

Tiger Woods Design has announced plans for “El Cardonal,” an 18-hole championship golf course in Cabo San Lucas designed by Woods on which construction began last month.

Part of the Diamante Cabo San Lucas community, the 7,300-yard course is expected to be completed in 18 months.

“I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices,” Woods said. “Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf.”

This is the fourth contracted design for Tiger Woods Design since the firm’s inception in 2006. The other three – Punta Brava in Ensenada, Mexico; The Cliffs at High Carolina in Asheville, N.C.; and Al Ruwaya, located in Dubai – were either never finished or never opened to the public.

As part of a resort, “El Cardonal” will join Diamante Dunes, which opened in 2009.

“While the Dunes course is reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course, this course is going to remind people of the old-style California courses,” Woods added. “We will use the existing arroyos that traverse the site and well-placed bunkers to create definite strategic choices and carries off the tees.”

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Team Wins $2.4 Million in The Cabo San Lucas Fishing Tournament

Team Frantic Pace receive their big-time check

Team Frantic Pace receive their big-time check

Before this week, the biggest fish Dave Sanchez had ever caught was alargemouth bass near his home in Kansas City, Missouri. His first marlin, a 465-pound blue landed Thursday, Oct. 25 off Cabo San Lucas, was respectable but not exceptionally large by normal Black & Blue standards.

However, it happened to be the only qualifying marlin weighed during the 32nd annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament, and that is very noteworthy. Since Sanchez and his team aboard Frantic Pace were entered across the board in all cash categories, they are taking home $2.396 million for their fish. That payout is the second largest for a single team in Bisbee’s tournament history. A total of $2.475 million was up for grabs in 2012.

“I’m really starting to like this offshore fishing,” Sanchez said with laugh. “We had a lot of fun, it was a great team effort and I’m just glad we ran across that fish. We found one, caught it and as luck would have it, that was all it took.”

Frantic Pace came within 1/4-inch of losing its record payout. That’s because the snap swivel connecting the reel’s main line to the lure leader opened during the fight. When mate Josh Temple realized the predicament, he gently leadered the fish to the boat before Tony Berkowitz planted the gaff. Once the marlin was aboard the 53 Pacemaker, the crew realized how close they were to disaster. The only thing holding the lure leader was the 1/4-inch bend at the end of the snap. Capt. Hercules “Herk” Marsella of Coral Springs, Florida, was at the helm for the lucrative catch.

Since no other marlin weighing more than the 300-pound minimum were recorded during the three days of fishing, Frantic Pace swept all the major cash awards, including the Top Tournament and Top Jackpot, and all Daily Jackpot levels. The total payout was $2,396,800.

More than 740 anglers aboard 106 boats competed in the 2012 event. The stakes are high in the richest sport-fishing tournament in the world. It takes $63,100 to enter in all jackpot levels, including the $10,000 daily, and the potential million-dollar prizes attract top anglers and crews from more than a dozen countries to the tip of the Baja peninsula.

The largest Black & Blue payout for a single team was $3.92 million in 2006. Frantic Pace now adds its name to the record book.

The Release Division payout came down to minutes this year, as all the top teams released a single blue marlin. Sea Angel, a 63 F&S with Capt. Billy Angel at the wheel, won first place based on time of release. That catch earned a check for $50,830. Sneak Attack, a 65 American Custom Yacht skippered by Capt. Sammy Talbert, came in second to win $17,595, while Hammertime, a 68 Hatteras run by Capt. Jeff Richardson, won $9,775 for third place.

“You know me, I always like to spread the money around,” Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee told the crowd assembled for the lavish awards banquet Saturday night. “But part of the appeal of the Black & Blue is the chance to win a really big check and tonight that honor goes to the Frantic Pace team. Congratulations to them, and muchas gracias for another memorable tournament. It’s been a helluva week.”


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Cindy Crawford Comes to Los Cabos Mexico

Cindy Crawford, one of the world’s first super-models, has been showing that she still has what it takes in the style and grace stakes on holiday in Mexico.

 Cindy Crawford in Los Cabos, Mexico

Cindy Crawford in Los Cabos, Mexico

The 46-year-old has been holidaying with friends in the resort of Los Cabos, on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

She seemed to have a few lessons for today’s models regarding ‘less is more’ in terms of make-up after going out with no make up and her hair simply tied back.

She was snapped by photographers walking along the beach there, looking fantastic despite the lack of warpaint, according to the Daily Mail.

Cindy recently tweeted: “As I’ve gotten older I wear less makeup. It can make you look older, and hopefully we get more comfortable in our skin.”

“I started taking care of my skin at an early age,” she added. “You don’t see the benefit overnight, but the payoff is in your 40′s.”

Crawford, who was famously married to Richard Gere in the early 1990s, appeared to be taking a break with girl friends, with husband Randy and their two kids back home in the States.

Having officially quit modelling in 2000, but still appears in celebrity endorsements for products and even appeared on the cover of the Mexican edition of Vogue magazine last year.


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Los Cabos Turtle Liberation

Vic and I went to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico with our son Scott and his family over the Labor Day weekend. Our three granddaughters and baby Mike constitute an active brood, and Scott and Nicole needed our help baby-wrangling.

We stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos, which is actually in the town of San Jose del Cabo, a few miles east of Cabo San Lucas.

We spent most of our time in the hotel’s beautiful pool. At only four feet deep, it was ideal for the little girls to practice swimming. Adults congregated at the pool edge overlooking the ocean below. Sipping cocktails by the pool seemed to be de rigueur. I had no problem with that. Watermelon mojitos were my favorites.

Vic noted a fenced enclosure on the beach below the pool and went down to investigate. He discovered that it was a sea turtle nesting enclosure, with nests marked off every couple of feet. Based on the symmetrical pattern, it looked as though the eggs had been moved there. And as I discovered, that is exactly what had taken place.

Vic had to leave a couple of days before the rest of us, so he missed what was for me the most exciting part of the trip. Nicole noted someone working in the turtle enclosure. We went down there and found a biologist taking turtles out of their sand nests. He told us that they were olive ridley sea turtles.

The eggs had been laid elsewhere along the coast of Los Cabos. They are dug up and reburied about a foot down in guarded, fenced enclosures at various locations to protect the eggs and little turtles. After about two months, the baby turtles hatch out. They remain underground until they are ready to dash for the sea.

Normally, the babies make that run at night. But a few clutches emerge in the daytime only to find Magnificent Frigatebirds waiting for them. The birds pick off many of the turtles from the sand before they can make it to the ocean. But even in the water, the babies aren’t totally safe. Birds will pluck them from the sea as they come up for air. I noted three frigatebirds circling overhead, watching the biologist work, probably hoping for a snack of baby sea turtles.

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Los Cabos Convention Centre Open For Business

A new convention center has opened in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today. It’s hoped that the facility — which offers 72,000 square feet of functional space — will attract more large-scale international meetings and events to Mexico.

Located 10 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport and five minutes from the city’s major tourism zone and hotels, the Los Cabos Convention Center can accommodate up to 5,000 people for meetings and up to 3,000 people for banquets. Key elements include a lobby, three exhibition areas, seven exhibit halls, a business center, a mezzanine, a service area, a loading area and several outdoor garden areas, not to mention many “green” features — including solar panels and the largest green wall in the world, which serves as an insulator and prevents the building from overheating in the summer.

“We are thrilled that the destination of Los Cabos is now home to a state-of-the-art convention center,” said Alberto Coppola, president of the Los Cabos Hotel Association. “The new center, in combination with our current roster of award-winning hotels, will help Los Cabos become Mexico’s leading destination for large meetings and conventions.”

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First International Baja Film Festival, Cabo San Lucas Mexico

Festival has announced that acclaimed musicians from L.A.’s Hotel Cafe will perform on Friday, November 16th at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in Cabo, Mexico as part of the inaugural festival. The Hotel Cafe featured musicians include three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, Grammy-winning Cary Brothers, Harper Blynn, Madi Diaz and Holly Conlan. Passes for the festival, and the Hotel Cafe concert, will go on sale September 1.

The Friday night concert will be one piece of an extraordinary lineup at the inaugural festival which will bring leading filmmakers and film enthusiasts from Mexico, the U.S. and around the world to Cabo, Mexico from November 14-17, 2012.  The program will include screenings of Feature Films, Documentaries, and Short Films, as well as nightly galas, award ceremonies, panel discussions and filmmaker receptions, and will feature the work of leading filmmakers from Mexico, the U.S., and around the world. Many of the weekend events will take place at the new state-of-the-art Los Cabos Convention Center designed and built for the G20 Summit, while other weekend events will showcase the unique surroundings of Cabo – including the Wirikuta Cactus Garden, a botanical desert garden home to over 1500 varieties of desert plants from around the world, and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, an ocean cove where dolphins swim in their natural habitat.

“VIP Passes” and “Festival Passes” will provide access to the exciting activities of the Baja International Film Festival in beautiful Cabo, Mexico, including film screenings, red carpet ceremonies and parties, panel discussions, live music and concerts, the festival’s hospitality lounge and more. Festival passes will be on sale as of September 1, 2012.

The Baja International Film Festival was founded by Scott Cross and Sean Cross who also founded the Colorado Film Institute and the Vail Film Festival, which was named by Moviemaker magazine among the “Top Ten Destination Film Festivals in the World.” The Festival is run by a bi-national team of experienced film and business managers who share a passion for bringing Mexican and U.S. cultures together through film, and a mission to grow the Baja International Film Festival into the Cannes Film Festival of Latin America. The Baja International Film Festival is supported by the Mexico Tourism Board and endorsed by the State of Baja California Sur and the Los Cabos Tourism Bureau as the Official Festival of Cabo, Mexico.

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New Airline Plans O.C.-Mexico Flights, Cabo San Lucas One of Them

An aggressively expanding low-cost Mexican airline has received permission from the U.S. government to fly from Orange County to three destinations in Mexico.

Interjet originally hoped to begin flying Sept. 14, but has pushed plans back to October, according to John Wayne Airport officials.

The budget Mexican carrier plans to fly from John Wayne Airport to Guadalajara, a new destination for Orange County travelers. It also has permission to fly to Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas, two destinations that are already served by Air Tran, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines.

No schedules or fare prices are yet available. Interjet officials could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

Courtney Wiercioch, deputy airport director for public affairs at John Wayne Airport, said there were several steps that need to be taken before the service would become official. Interjet will fly an Airbus A320 to John Wayne Airport to see if it qualifies for the airport’s stringent noise abatement limits. A test is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 4. A proposed lease will go to the Board of Supervisors, probably at the Sept. 11 meeting. The airline would have to negotiate use of the Customs and Border Protection facilities. If everything goes smoothly, service could begin soon after.

“We’ve got a lot to do in a short period of time, but it is exciting,” Wiercioch said. “We hope to be able to check off all the boxes pretty quickly.”

Soon after opening the airport’s new facilities in Terminal C last fall, the Board of Supervisors approved incentive packages to airlines that would provide service to the first three international destinations that would use the facilities (WestJet’s flights from Canada clear customs and immigration before departure from Canada).

Air Tran received the incentive package for its service to Los Cabos and Mexico City. Interjet has applied for – and would receive – the third and last package for its Guadalajara service. The package includes a $300,000 credit toward rent at the airport and a guaranteed large jet (Class A) departure and arrival slot.

Wiercioch said that negotiations were ongoing, but that Interjet would likely have its ticketing operation in Terminal B.

Interjet proposes daily service for Guadalajara and Mexico City. Though it has received approval for Los Cabos service, it has not indicated to John Wayne Airport officials the frequency of flights or when the service might begin.

Aviation Week reported Wednesday that Interjet is now Mexico’s largest airline in terms of number of passengers boarding planes, though Aeromexico has a more extensive route structure. Along with low-cost carrier Volaris (a partner of Southwest), Interjet has moved rapidly to fill the void left by the August 2010 collapse of Mexicana Airlines.

Interjet’s enplanements were up 58% in 2011 over the previous year, Aviation Week reported. Volaris showed a 27 percent increase. Aeromexico was up 19 percent. The new Orange County service was part of a package of new routes announced this week by the airline. It also plans to fly from Mexico City’s secondary airport, Toluca, to Chicago, Houston and Las Vegas.

Wiercioch said the arrival of competition on the Los Cabos and Mexico City routes shows that there appears to be good demand for those flights out of Orange County.

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