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Feature Jack Nicklaus Grand Opening of Puerto Los Cabos, A Day with by Chuck Kinder C


harming and enchanting, Jack Nicklaus was the guest of honor for the official opening and traditional


ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Puerto Los Cabos. Aſter all, “Te Golden Bear” has been a first day headliner for over 250 golf courses with his namesake worldwide; 23 in Mexico and now his fourth course in Los Cabos, in addition to Palmilla, Cabo del Sol and Club Campestre San Jose. Nicklaus was right at home in Los Ca-


bos, sometimes called Cabo San Nicklaus, during his extended day-long clinic as he entertained his enthusiastic followers with tales and flashbacks from his illustrious 50-year career with 115 worldwide tour- nament wins, and as the all-time leader with 18 Majors. At the completion of the ceremonial


start of Puerto Los Cabos, with Alberto Trevino, the Minister of Tourism from Baja


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Sur, and the owners, proud father and son duo Eduardo Sanchez Navarro Sr. and Jr., Mr. Nicklaus teed off on the first hole of his new course. Tis was “Nicklaus of old.” Mr. Nicklaus exhibited shots utilizing his entire bag of Nicklaus designed clubs. He still has his game, although it far exceeds his modesty to compete on the Champions Tour for seniors. Arnold has his army...Nicklaus has his


legendaries and we followed his every shot. He drove well, chipped great, and never more than two-putted, preferring to pick up his third without a hint of guilt. Te post round press conference high-


lighted Mr. Nicklaus and Sr. Sanchez Na- varro answering questions and offering advice. “Mexico has tremendous oppor- tunities”, commented Mr. Nicklaus,


“in


particular, Los Cabos that has positioned itself as a premier golf destination with world class fishing and a quality of life


unique to the Baja”. He stressed, “Te Los Cabos area doesn’t need a major golf tour- nament. People don’t travel to attend; they want to play or see it on TV. Te four years that the Senior Slam was here, Los Cabos benefited greatly from the worldwide tele- vision coverage it provided.” Sr. Navarro, who had been recognized as


having the vision and the financial strength to create the dominant force in Mexico with his Questro golf organization, praised Jack Nicklaus for his contributions to golf in Mexico and Los Cabos. Te celebration continued with a ‘night


under the stars’ Mayan cocktail reception and dinner at the Cactus Garden that magically transformed into a stage with ceremonially dancers and music. Some of the best restaurants and chefs in Los Cabos catered the food and drinks. Come and discover for yourself the unique lifestyle, at Puerto Los Cabos.


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