Golf Destination: Costa Rica

by GO GlobeHopper

Golf in Costa Rica is special. A lush rainforest surrounds, a macaw passes overhead and a monkey rudely critiques your swings from a nearby tree. The courses offer spectacular mountain views of a San Jose course or the ocean views of Guanacaste and mid-Pacific courses.

The following courses await you in Costa Rica.


In the Guanacaste Area:

Reserva Conchal Golf Course

1. Reserva Conchal– Semi-Private Resort Course

This Robert Trent Jones course is located in Brasilito/Playa Conchal area. The Reserva Conchal golf course was the first Audubon-certified course in Costa Rica, and its layout will test your golf skills.
You need to be a Paradisus Conchal guest or Conchal condo rental.

2. Hacienda Pinilla – Resort Course

Inside the Hacienda Pinilla resort near the town of Tamarindo, this course has beautiful ocean views and was designed to conform to the slopes and contours of the natural landscape of Hacienda Pinilla. This 7,300-yard, par 72 masterpiece golf course is the creation of Mike Young, who is responsible for some of the finest courses in the southern United States.

3. Four Seasons – Private Resort Course

This 6,788 yard Arnold Palmer championship course sits on the Papagayo Peninsula just minutes from Liberia International Airport. More than half of the holes offer spectacular views of the ocean.


In the Mid-Pacific Area

Marriott Los Suenos

1. Marriott Los Sueños – Resort Public Course

Located inside the Marriott resort in Herradura/Jaco area, this Ted Robinson course was landscaped to include exotic native plants, banana trees, and orchids, more than 150 species of birds as well as monkeys and other wildlife that have been identified on the grounds. This challenging course blends into the mesmerizing scenery.

2. Los Delfines – Resort Course

Located in Tambor at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, this 6,264-yard course consists of nine intriguing holes that have an unbelievable setting, Costa Rica’s tropical scenery.


In the San Jose Area

Los Reyes Golf Course

1. Valle del Sol – Public Course

Located in the Santa Ana area, this 7,011-yard championship course offers ample and waved fairways surrounded by majestic trees and 15 large lakes which attract diversified and lively wildlife, where more than 20 different bird species can be observed.

2. Cariari – Private Course

Located in Cuidad Cariari community between the airport and San Jose, this 6,590 yard George Fazio championship course hosts many international tournaments and is a local favorite due to its challenging tight fairways, wooded rough and guarded greens, and beautiful mountain views.

3. Los Reyes – Semi-Private Course

Located in La Guacima, this 5,834 yard Robertson Ward course has well-maintained and attractive fairways, as well as well-tended greens.

4. Monteran– Private Course

Located on the east side of San Jose, this 2,243 yard Douglas Beach par 3 course offers city views and a course that will test your mid to short game.

5. Costa Rica Country Club – Private Course

Located in the Escazu area, this 6,031 yard Charles Donovan course offers tight fairways with rolling hills and excellent mountain views. Opened in 1940, this country club course is full of tradition.


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