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Superior Golf Destinations in Costa Rica

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badjonny.com/aboutcostarica has awarded 5 of Costa Rica’s premier golf courses the Top Golf Destinations in Costa Rica! Golf was introduced in Costa Rica in 1944, with the formation of the Costa Rican Country Club in San Jose. This club thrived solely for 25 years until the second course arrived at the Cariari Country Club. With the rush of tourism, golf became more popular in the early 1990s. Today some of the best golf resorts in the world are in Costa Rica. With plenty of Championship courses among breathtaking landscapes with oceanic views, floral and fauna life, Costa Rica is a golfers paradise.

Top 5 Golf Destinations in Costa Rica

1.  Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Designed by Arnold Palmer and located at the Papagayo Peninsula, this championship golf resort is ranked among the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest and awarded a 2013 World’s Best Service Hotel by Travel + Leisure. It is conveniently minutes away from Liberia International Airport, making it an ideal destination for traveling golfers.
This Four Season’s golf course is an 18-hole, par-72 with world-class amenities including a driving range, a sand-bunker practice area, putting and chipping greens, weekly complimentary clinics, and professional private instructions available seven days a week. Golf packages include: Guilt Free Unlimited Golf, I Can Be A Great Golfer, Grip It And Rip It, Country Club Golf, and On-Course Playing Lessons.
Endorsed by the United States Golf Association, The Four Season Golf Club at Peninsula Papagayo is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary under a program that provides information and excellence to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf cart paths are among botanical gardens giving you the chance to appreciate Costa Rica’s diversity of colorful plant, tree, bird, and animal species on your golfing adventure.

Westin Golf Resort & Spa Costa Rica

2.  The Westin Golf Resort & Spa

Westin Golf Resort & Spa Costa Rica2The Westin Golf Resort is highly regarded as the absolute best course and golf experience in Costa Rica. If you care to experience world-class golf, The Westin Golf Resort is the place to be. The 18-hole, par-71 championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. It features a beautiful natural landscape enhanced by lakes and ravines, overlooking the ocean and tropical forests. Green fees are $95 for 9 holes and $150 for 18 holes.
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa at Playa Conchal won Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice of 2013 and offers countless amenities for travelers. The most popular features of the resort include tennis courts, a spa, Kids Club, workout gym, pool, wireless Internet access throughout, and the Royal Beach Club. Playa Conchal is not only a gorgeous beach, it is surrounded by other popular Costa Rican destinations; The Westin is only a 45 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport, and very close to the following national parks: Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Rosa, Las Baulas, and Monteverde.

La Iguana Golf Course at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

3.  Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

La Iguana Golf Club at Los Suenos Marriott is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course on 6,700 yards of stunning Costa Rican landscape. Designed by Ted Robinson Junior and located in Herradura, La Iguana’s course is not only challenging but also nestled alongside an exotic rainforest with breathtaking ocean views.
The highlight of Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is La Iguana’s Golf Academy where you can get PGA Certified Professional Golf Instructions! Their V1 Digital Coaching System Indoor Swing Studio is one of the most advanced video systems in golf that allows you to watch yourself improve on video.
La Iguana Golf Course also prides itself on professionally handling large groups and corporate golf outings. Regardless of your level of golf experience, La Iguana’s state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable staff will help you achieve your golfing goals.

4.  The Golf Course at Hacienda Pinilla

The Golf Course at Hacienda PinillaThis 7,200-yard, par-72 course is one of Costa Rica’s finest golf courses and a hidden gem in the Guanacaste region. Created by Mike Young, the course will take you on an 18-hole beachfront journey through tropical forests along the Pacific coast. The Golf Course at Hacienda Panilla is also designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for upholding the highest standards of course design, maintenance, and environmental preservation. Amenities include a clubhouse and golf shop, clubhouse restaurant and bar, rentals, lessons, driving range and putting green. Rates range from $130-$185.

5.  Cabo Caletas Ocean & Golf Club

Cabo Caletas Ocean & Golf Club Costa RicaDescribed as Pebble Beach meets the Jungle, Cabo Caletas Ocean Golf Course & Club House presents an authentic Costa Rican golfing experience in Esterillos Oeste, Puntarenas. McCumber Golf from Jacksonville Florida designed this 18-hole, 72-par Championship course on 7,240 yards of gorgeous ocean front property. Cabo Caletas Ocean Golf Course is place where you can experience exciting Costa Rican wildlife, the natural splendor of the jungle, and magical ocean and mountain views. The clubhouse is a spacious practice facility featuring a pro shop, locker rooms, bar and grille.

Runner-ups:

  • CRCC Costa Rica Country Club (Escazu, San Jose)
  • San Buenas Golf Resort & Spa (San Buenaventura, Puntarenas)
  • Parque Valle Del Sol Golf Community (Santa Ana, San Jose)
  • Los Delfines Golf & Country Club (Playa Tambor, Puntarenas)
  • Cariari Golf & Tennis Club (Belen, Heredia)

Reputable golf tour operators: Costa Rica Golf Adventures, Tee Times Costa Rica, and BJ Golf Tours.