By Katharine Dyson

Taking a quick tour in a golf cart of the new Jack Nicklaus Quivira course in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I got the impression my round would not be a sip of tequila.

Just the carts paths alone that twisted and turned plunging up and down cliffs revealing carries over ravines flushing into the sea and holes cutting through canyons and arroyos, hinted of the fun that lay in store. The convoluted path connecting holes four and five up the steep hillside alone, was a ride on the wild side lasting several minutes.

There were par 3s like no. 6 and the par-4 fifth requiring deft shots to greens clinging to the rocky brink; S-turn runs down a steep slope; vast fields of sand and rocks defining immaculate swaths of well watered paspalum fairways; and views of the sea punctuated by breaching whales. There was even a castle perched on the end of the sand below the seventh hole, the remains of the set for the 2004 Brad Pitt movie “Troy.” More