After Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas and Tropical Storm Polo threatened to add further damage, then came the clean up operation. The hurricane caused major damage to the city which left over 90% of the population without power or water and 30,000 stranded tourists. And Diamante Cabo San Lucas suffered similar damage to the rest of the Los Cabos.
Two weeks later and Cabo San Lucas is getting back to business. Cleaning up the streets, the beaches and the marina has been a hefty job, and the power is now back on. Every day, businesses are reopening, as will the airport on October 8th.
Considering the overall scale of the worst hurricane to hit the area in record, Diamante can feel as fortunate as any. Structural damage was limited to the desalination plant and cantina and although the lagoon will need to be drained to ensure no debris causes any hazard, employees have been pretty determined to ensure the facility is back up to the standards members and owners expect.
The Dunes Course
On the Dunes course, the clubhouse and restaurant sustained the worst damage with broken windows, debris and water damage. The outside bar also experienced some hefty damage.
The golf course itself escaped with minimal damage, albeit it some minor erosion, debris and repair required to irrigation and maintenance equipment.
Similar damage was sustained by other golf courses in Los Cabos. Palmilla is still assessing its own damage and Quivira has indicated it will be open again next week. Cabo San Lucas Country Club also has a reopening on October 12th with Cabo del Sol opening nine holes for play now, with the rest opening up sometime in November.
El Cardonal opening
The impact of the clean up operation and the repair to both courses may well affect the December opening of El Cardonal, a decision on which is expected later this week.
Clearly the main focus has been getting the resort back to full operation. However, with the scale of the damage and understanding most staff have lost something and some staff have lost everything, it is testament to their resolve that many have been tireless in their efforts to get Diamante ready for opening.
“Most (staff) have lost something, and many have lost everything. In talking with those who have endured significant losses, all they really want now is a job to come back to, and we have been happy to inform them that their jobs are waiting for them.” Owner Ken Jowdy.
That opening will be the first week in November and will include the villas, Rsort and the Dunes course. For all golf course related enquiries, please contact us here.