Adidas Golf Invitational Aces its Los Cabos Return
“What’s in a name?”
Shakespeare’s long-ago musing still resonates…especially when it comes to Los Cabos’ premier golf tournament, which slides effortlessly from name to name without ever losing its passionate fan base or overall prestige.
In case you’re wondering, we’re referring to the newly minted but long-running Adidas Golf Invitational, which just enjoyed a triumphant return to the Capes Region, taking place November 6th to 11th, 2018 at Cabo del Sol’s magnificent Ocean and Desert courses.
Formerly the TaylorMade Invitational, and more recently the Jim Flick Invitational–when it was named in honor of Jim Flick, a PGA professional and golf instructor who during a half-century long career taught golf in 23 countries and worked with pros like Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus–this annual competition is, under any name, one of the oldest and most beloved tournaments on the golf-mad Baja California peninsula.
And just to be clear: Adidas has been on board from the very beginning. The company acquired TaylorMade in 1997, just before the initial tournament in Los Cabos. This is just the first year the Germany based shoe and apparel company has put its name in the title.
Despite the surface changes, the tournament format has remained fairly consistent over the years: a pro-am setup with the pros competing across 72-holes of stroke play ($100,000 was on the line in 2018), and foursomes (featuring one professional and three amateurs) battling in handicap-adjusted best ball play for prizes and everlasting glory.
Cabo del Sol’s Ocean and Desert Courses once again provided the backdrop, and a spectacular one at that. The Jack Nicklaus’ designed Ocean Course has been showered with accolades since it first opened in 1994. Ranked in the top 100 in the world for 15 years running by GOLF Magazine, the Ocean Course hugs the coastline, offering stunning mountain, desert and Sea of Cortez views before concluding with what Nicklaus himself has called “the three finest finishing holes in golf.”
Though slightly less heralded than its Ocean neighbor, Tom Weiskopf’s Desert loop once again showed off its bona fides and unforgettable glories. And when we say only slightly less heralded, that’s exactly what we mean: the scenically sculpted layout is currently rated as the 6th best course in Mexico, after all, and was included among Golf Week’s 50 top courses in Mexico and the Caribbean for 2017.
Given the triumphant return and world-class conditions, it’s easy to see why Adidas still refers to tournament week as “the best week of the year.”
You’ll see why too in this exciting new video collaboration between CaboViVO and Cabo Noise, which captures all the memorable shots and picturesque panoramas, as well as Adidas’ continued support for the Military Warriors Support Foundation, as the tournament once again was honored to raise money to provide a combat wounded veteran a mortgage free home.
Saludos from Co-Founders…
Chris Sands – Writer and Michael Mattos