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Costa Rica Golfing

Golfing

Costa Rica’s rolling topography and excellent climate makes it the perfect place for great golf.  3 championship courses are found on the North Pacific Coast, 1 one the Central Pacific Coast and 2 in the Central Valley/San Jose area.  These courses provide a mix of style and difficulty.  La Iguana, on the Central Pacific Coast goes into a rainforest and is surrounded by birds and animal life.  Most courses include golf carts and/or caddies in the greens fees.  Courses on the Coast should be played early in the morning to avoid the heat and afternoon rains.  All courses have good rental clubs available.

San Jose
Cariari Golf Course
Cariari Country Club

This 18-hole championship course was designed by George Fazio and completed in 1974.  Tight fairways, rolling hills, lots of old trees and Bermuda grass greens make Cariari challenging and fun.  To play here, you must stay at particular hotels that have an agreement with the Cariari Country Club for the guests to play the course.  Cariari is one of our favorites.

Valle del Sol Golf Course
Valle del Sol

Valle del Sol is an 18-hole Championship course designed by Tracy May in the Western Central Valley.  Valle del Sol features undulating hills, more open fairways and some really beautiful landscaping.  At about 2,500 feet above Sea Level, this course is easier than Cariari but still challenging enough for anyone.

North Pacific
Conchal Resort Golf Course
Garra de Leon

Reserva Conchal is a big 18-hole course on the North Pacific Coast in the Playa Conchal All-inclusive resort.  With lots of water and undulating greens, this is a fun yet challenging course along the ocean.  Winds can be a big factor January – March, and it can be brown, dry and dusty from December – May.

 

Hacienda Panilla Golf Course
Hacienda Pinilla

Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course is a bump and run, open style ocean golf course where winds factor in on nearly every hole.  Lots of bunkers make this a challenging but beautiful course.  This is on the North Pacific Coast, South of Tamarindo.  Mandatory carts are included in the fees.

Four Seasons Golf Course
Four Seasons

Designed by Arnold Palmer, this 18-hole course features incredible ocean views from many holes and a wide variety of tee boxes and challenges.  Wind can be a big factor here from January – March.  Because you must stay at the Four Seasons Hotel to play this course, this is by far the most expensive course to play in Costa Rica.

Central Pacific
La Iguana Golf Course in Costa Rica
La Iguana

La Iguana is an 18-hole Championship golf course at the Los Sueños Resort on the Central Pacific Coast.  Some of the holes on this Ted Robinson design go into the primary rainforest with howler monkeys, toucans and lots of other wildlife.  It’s hot here, so you should begin early in the morning.  Shared carts are included.  This is a very nice and scenic course.

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