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Golf Courses In Costa Rica

Golf in Costa Rica? So, you're looking for something to do in Costa Rica while not fishing? Or...you're not fishing at all but want to play some golf in Costa Rica?

The golf courses in Costa Rica are nothing short of breathtaking and with the ocean views, rainforest rough and natural sand bunkers, offer up some of Costa Rica's most beautiful natural backdrops.

Costa Rica's first golf course was finished in 1944 and the 9 hole wonder had been constructed as part of the private and exclusive Costa Rican Country Club just outside of San Jose. This would remain Costa Rica's only golf course for the next 25 years until George Fazio designed the Cariari...

Cariari

Cariari Golf Course, Costa Rica Costa Rica is proud of this Championship golf course which was designed by George Fazio and built by his famous nephew, Tom Fazio in the early 1970's.  This well-manicured course was the first and only 18 hole golf course in all of Central America for nearly two decades.  Unfortunately, this golf course is now completely private and NOT available for play to the general public and tourists. Once a large coffee plantation in the very heart of the Central Valley, the Cariari was converted into a golf course after much imagination and desire to have a complete championship golfing facility here in Costa Rica.  The well-thought out landscaping of this course is as impressive, as it is beautiful with tree-lined, rolling fairways being the norm on this course.

The Cariari has been the site of large golfing events such as the Central and South American Open, co-sponsored by the U.S. Professional Golfer's Association, and the Friendship Tournament.  In the past, these events attracted outstanding players like Chi-Chi Rodriquez, Tom Weiskof, Larry Ziegler, Raymond Floyd, Peter Jacobsen, David Graham, Curtis Strange, and many more. Although the site for local tournaments is now shared with the other 18 hole courses around the country, the Cariari still gets its share of local tournaments.



Canchal Melia

Concha Melia Golf Course, Costa RicaIs an 18 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones II with forgiving fairways, multiple teeing options on each hole and seasonal sea breezes that will dictate changes in club selection and add an additional level of difficulty.

Both nine's begin at a centrally located clubhouse and meander through native Costa Rican landscapes, past and over several lagoons and lakes and offer up breathtaking ocean views from some holes.

Designed mostly for the resort player, Conchal Melia has a playability that will have even the novice enjoying the game here at Conchal Melia.


La Iguana (Los Sueños)

Los Suenos Golf Course, Costa RicaTed Robinson Jr. designed this beautiful par 71 on central Costa Rica's shores at Los Suenos resort. The ecological course is a total experience as one combines a great game of golf with the natural beauty, surrounded by exuberant vegetation, and catching glimpses of monkeys and toucans. With its modern marina, Los Suenos is a great place to enjoy a fishing and golf vacation package in Costa Rica.

Nestled alongside an exotic rainforest with beautiful ocean views of the Costa Rican Pacific Coast, the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort hosts an extraordinary encounter with nature for any golfer… an excellent test of golf, one hole after another. It's a unique golf experience that will impress you while playing in this tropical paradise.

La Iguana has a soft spike only policy and a dress code for both men and women. Rental equipment is available as is access to the driving range, PGA golf lessons, golf clinics for groups of 5 or more and a pro shop that offers such golf merchandise as Polo, Slazenger, Tommy Hilfiger, Bette & Court, Foot Joy, Byron Nelson, Bolle, Titleist.



Valle del Sol

Valle del Sol Golf Course, Costa RicaThis 18 hole par 72 championship course rolls 6,750 undulating yards along well-groomed fairways lined with hundreds of native and mature trees, gardens which are wildlife habitats of native and migratory birds and waterfowl, that lend a distinctly tropical air, and attractive water hazards filled with tropical fish.

Fairways are undulated; flat areas are few and far between. With fifteen lakes, water hazards are a constant danger. Large sculpted greens with perfect rolling surfaces protected by bunkers complement the challenge of the game.

All 18 holes have at least four tees making the course equally playable for tournaments, professional and less experienced golfers. Paved pathways for golf carts weave through the course, opening to new vistas at every turn. Surrounded by garden settings, golf architect Tracy May designed this course bringing small lakes and streams into play on almost every hole. Valle del Sol is also an excellent place to view Costa Rica’s Irazu, Barva and Poas volcanoes to the north and San Jose’s majestic mountain surroundings towards the west.


Hacienda Pinilla

Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course, Costa RicaThis 18 hole par 72 golf course is a masterpiece that intertwines Costa Rica's natural beauty with the architectural genius of this talented golf course designer.

The 7,500-yard, par 72 masterpiece is the creation of Mike Young, who is responsible for some of the finest courses in the southern United States. At Hacienda Pinilla, you'll see Mike's passion for the game, respect for tradition, concern for the environment, and sharp eye for detail. Each hole was designed to conform to the slopes and contours of the natural landscape making Hacienda Pinilla a beauty of a golf course.



One of the newest arrivals in Costa Rica is the Arnold Palmer designed course at the Four Seasons Hotel in the northern Guanacaste Province.  This newer course rivals any of the country's golf  courses in design and location.  Unfortunately, this spectacular Oceanside course is currently available for 'guests only' staying at the Four Seasons hotel, which is one of Costa Rica's best, but most expensive hotels.