The first golf course was created back in 1944 just outside San Jose at the Costa Rica Country Club. It remained the only golf course in the country for the next 25 years. Finally in 1974, George Fazio designed the first 18 hole championship golf course that was named the Cariari Country Club. One of the best golf courses, in Central America. Golf course construction was booming in the early 90’s with designs from famous golf architects like Robert Trent Jones II, Ron Garl, Ted Robinson, Mike Young, Tracy May and Arnold Palmer.
Costa Rica Country Club
The Jaime Solera Bennett Golf Course was founded in 1940 and conceived with the characteristics of Scottish links golf courses designed by Charles Lawrence Donovan, one of the forefathers of golf course architecture. This 9 holes golf course demands persistence and precision of its players.
Costa Rica Country Club Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 69.8
Cariari Country Club
The Cariari Country Club is located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The 18 holes, par 71, championship golf course is only available to country club members. The course was designed by Georgio Fazio and built by his nephew, Tom Fazio, in the early 1970’s. For nearly two decades Cariari Country Club was the only 18 holes golf course in Central America.
The golf course is built on a large coffee plantation. The landscaping of this course is very impressive with beautiful tree lined and rolling fairways. The Cariari attracts a variety of famous golfers and hosts large golfing events like the Central and South American Open.
Cariari Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 71.9
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Costa Rica’s newest golf course is located at the Four Seasons Hotel in the northern Guanacaste Province. This par 72 designed by Arnold Palmer is one of the most beautiful Costa Rican golf courses. The majority of the holes feature ocean views, providing an amazing experience for golfers. The fairways are wide and rolling and the greens are large and contoured, providing enough challenge to keep things fun. Unfortunately this spectacular oceanside golf course is available to Four Seasons Hotel guests only.
Four Seasons Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 73.8
Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort & Residential Community
The Hacienda Pinilla course, located on the north pacific coast of Costa Rica has the most exotic rustic setting that covers an area of 4,500 acres. The golf course was designed by the famous golf architect Mike Young. This beautiful championship golf course is ecologically friendly and has been certified by the Audubon Society. It is one of the few courses in the world facing the sea and to have “Tif Eagle Turf”. Each hole was designed to conform to the slopes and contours of the natural landscape of Hacienda Pinilla.
Hacienta Pinilla Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 74.7
Reserva Conchal Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course at Reserva Conchal Golf Club with two things in mind: natural beauty and challenging golf. The golf course is bordered by ocean and rainforest with lakes and ravines. One of the primary goals of this 18 hole par 71 course is to keep the facility as eco friendly as possible.
Reserva Conchal Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 73.4
La Iguana Golf Course (at Los Sueños Marriott Hotel)
Get in to the swing of things on Costa Rica‘s most exotic golf course. To play this Par 72, 6.700 yard course is a golfer dream. Designed by ted Robinson, this championship golf course is considered to be naturally challenging as golfers play through the wilds of the Costa Rica jungle.
Landscaped to include exotic native plants, banana trees and orchids, more than 150 species of birds as well as monkeys and other wildlife have been identified on the grounds. Imagine the surprise of one player whose golf ball was stolen by a monkey off the 4th green.
PGA qualified golf professionals, a vast driving range, putting green and Taylor made rental equipment provide players with the finest in facilities and equipment and a team of professionals dedicated to assisting you with achieving your golf goals.
La Iguana Golf Course at a glance:
Course Rating: 73.4
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