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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Baja Country Club

The Baja Country Club

When most people think of Baja – the last thing that may come to mind is a country club. But for those that know and love the natural raw rugged beauty of the Baja Peninsula and yet still have a place in their heart and social calendar for some of the more refined elements of life, there is much more.

Baja does have great beers and of course Mexican food, but also wine, world cuisine, music, entertainment and recreation to suit the champagne side of life as well. So whether you lean toward beer or champagne you can find it all in Ensenada, Baja California and what better place to start than at the Baja Country Club. Easily reachable by car located just 7 miles south of Ensenada on the Transpeninsular Mexico Highway 1 at KM 117.

Originally built in 1990 and designed by a former associate of famed golf architects Pete and Roy Dye, the 18-hole Par 72 championship, 6,859 yard golf course is situated at the end of a canyon that winds its way up the mountainside as gentle breezes from the Pacific Ocean fan the fairways and greens of Baja Country Club. Golfers appreciate the challenge of the Island Green, the double green, a desert hole for diversity as well as 12 acres of lakes. The condition of the course has suffered in the past under previous owners but now under Marena Management the Bent Grass greens are in great shape and are ready to roll.

Marena began working its magic on the project about three years ago to develop and sell
buildable lots and finished homes around the 18 hole layout designed as an integral part of the natural sanctuary of the valley and lakes in a unique micro-environment near the coast. The club house, snack bar, pro shop, locker rooms and showers are completed and in use while completion of a gym is pending.

Marena Development also has the Club Marena Condominium Complex in Rosarito Beach. The Baja Country Club is a sprawling 300 acre private gate guarded community and will ultimately have700 home sites. It is now in the second phase; each phase consists of 120 lots. 60 Homes have been sold within the first two phases, either completed or under construction. According to the developer customers are very impressed with the architecture and the quality of construction and finishing. Prices for home sites range from $48,000 to $88,000 and prices for home sites with a complete home package begin at $154,500 up to $214,500. Common areas consisting of a recreational room and BBQ's are completed and a second common area with a swimming pool and tennis court is scheduled to begin construction next summer. What sets Baja Country Club apart from other Ensenada / Rosarito developments? "Quality and affordability", according to the staff of Marena Development. The construction of the 30 suite hotel is progressing and is currently 40% with completion expected by next spring. Who says you can't have it all?