Caras de Mexico Golf Course is an 18-hole course on the Sea of Cortez. We have named the course
"Faces of Mexico" to give it an archaeological, historical
and social Mexican character. The "Faces of Mexico" course
will be special in many ways. It conforms to its natural setting which
is already a very unique terrain.
Developer and Owner, Pat Butler has hired golf
course designer Bradford Benz from San Jose, CA. Part of our criteria
was for the golf course design to be in harmony with the natural environment.
The site dictated to the greatest extent possible the design solution,
rather than imposing a predetermined style of architecture upon the
landscape which resulted in a more beautiful, more economically maintainable
and more technically functional facility. For
instance, plants that absolutely had to be removed were not trampled
down by a bull dozer, but instead dug up and transferred to a nursery.
Further we were highly selective in our selection of any plants that
were introduced to make certain that we don't over run or out compete
the indigenous species.
special element in the "Faces of Mexico" (La Caras de Mexico)
course is it utilizes salt-tolerant turf and plants, known as halophytes,
which utilize seawater irrigation. Our fairways, greens and ornamental
landscape plants are all from the halophyte plant family, which greatly
reduces our need to utilize fresh water to maintain our golf course.
San Felipe averages less than 3 inches of rain per year and water
is very precious. By utilizing salt tolerant grass and plants, we
are able to tap into previously "unusable water" in wells
that are too high in salt content to be of any human or agricultural
use. This is very much in keeping with the owners interest in
sustainable community development.
La Caras de Mexico golf course will eventually become a private course
when the additional 18 holes are added on the West side of Highway
5. Only residents and hotel guests will play the seaside course when
the mountain course is completed.