Golfing in Costa Rica
Immerse Yourself in Nature
Enjoyinging golfing in Costa Rica means more than just playing the game, but also experiencing the incredible natural beauty of a location renowned for its wildlife. The top Costa Rica golf courses are Audubon-certified so it’s not uncommon to find yourself playing alongside monkeys, pizotes and exotic birds. Scenery is often glorious, with holes set on unspoiled beaches or in tropical forests. Renowned architects such as Robert Trent Jones Jr., Mike Young, Tracy May, and Arnold Palmer have all designed courses here, and their international expertise contributes to the high quality of the golf experience. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, you’re sure to be charmed by Costa Rica golf.
Costa Rica Golfing Near Tamarindo
Tamarindo is situated in the center of the North Pacific Coast which has become the focus for golfing in Costa Rica. The stretch of coast between the J.W. Marriott in Hacienda Pinilla and the Four Seasons in the Papagayo is particularly popular with golfers. The Tamarindo area has convenient access via the international Daniel Oduber Airport at Liberia, boasts a dry climate and stunning scenery, and offers three award-winning signature courses, making it the top golf destination in the tropics. Here are a some of our favorite Costa Rica golf courses:
Hacienda Pinilla, a 4,500 acre luxury residential community with 3 miles of coastline, is situated just 15 minutes south of Tamarindo and 1 hour from the Liberia airport. The Hacienda Pinilla golf course is a 7,300-yard, par 72 masterpiece designed by Mike Young. The course is unique in that it is one of the only golf courses in the world built to face the ocean, and as a result, its coastal layout features both exhilarating play and breathtaking views.
The Hacienda Pinilla golf course also boasts certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to ecological balance. The course is sprinkled with majestic indigeneous trees such as Guanacaste, Pichote and Matapalo which create a natural habitat for exotic species of tropical monkeys, birds, reptiles and deer. Tropical trees not only provide shade and scenic beauty, but also act as natural obstacles. As a result, the Hacienda Pinilla course offers multiple risk/reward situations that make every game unique and challenging. Six sets of tees at each hole make the course entertaining for experts and beginners alike, as do the Tif Eagle Turf greens.
Hacienda Pinilla is also the perfect place to vacation, invest or retire if you have multiple interests. In addition to its exceptional golfing in Costa Rica, Hacienda Pinilla has some of the best surfing in the country, including the famous Little Hawaii break, gentle coves for swimming, equestrian trails, beachfront club with spa, J.W. Marriott Hotel, tennis courts, and gym. Since Hacienda Pinilla is minutes from bustling Tamarindo, you can also enjoy the town’s quaint restaurants, shops, activities and nightlife.
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The exceptional Garra de Leon course is located 15 minutes North of Tamarindo and 45 minutes from the Liberia Airport. Golfing in Costa Rica is at its finest on the Garra de Leon course, which has ranked in Conde Nast’s Top 25 International Golf Courses and for good reason. Garra de Leon, the oldest golf course on the North Pacific Coast, is a fantastic 18 hole Par 71 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. According to Trent Jones Jr., Garra del Leon represents “environmentally sensitive golf at its best.” The 6956 yard course sits on stunning Conchal Beach, a white sand bay inside the luxury Reserva Conchal Beach and Golf Resort.
Although the Garra de Leon course offers a challenging eco-golf experience, it was created with the resort player in mind. The fairways are wide and there are multiple teeing options. Lakes and ravines enhance the course and place a premium on tee shots and accurate approach shots to open, manicured bermuda-grass greens.
The Garra de Leon course was also designed with attention to the preservation of native dry forests and mangroves which makes it particularly attractive. The Garra del Leon course often includes sightings of howler monkeys, pizotes and exotic birds. Additionally, the stunning beachfront location provides ocean and Conchal beach views.
Reserva Conchal, the resort surrounding Garra de Leon, is a 2600 acre luxury residential community Reserva Conchal has a Westin hotel and five star amenities include a beachfront club with spa, pool, restaurant and gym. After enjoying a round of golf, you can take a stroll along white-sand Conchal beach or a relaxing dip in the warm turquoise ocean.
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Four Seasons Papagayo
The 220 acre Four Seasons golf course is situated about an hour north of Tamarindo and 20 minutes from the Liberia airport. The Four Seasons is Costa Rica’s most luxurious resort and is set on the Papagayo Peninsula. Designed by famed architect Arnold Palmer, this championship 6788 yard, Par 72 course boasts glorious Hermosa and Papagayo Bay views from fourteen of its eighteen holes.
Golf Digest named the golf course at the Four Seasons one of the “Best 100 Courses Outside the United States.” Designed with the resort golfer in mind, the course has four sets of tees to appeal to golfers of all abilities. The play is both fair and challenging, with wide, rolling fairways and wide, contoured greens. The Four Seasons course is planted entirely with Paspalum, an eco-conscious choice that endures the tropical climate well and can be irrigated with salt water.
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Golfing Near San Jose
Cariari – San Jose
San Jose is Costa Rica’s capital city and many travelers arrive in the country via the Juan Santamaria international airport. The lovely Cariari course, designed in the 1970’s by George Fazio, is situated between the city and the airport. The Cariari golf course was the first 18 hole championship golf course in Costa Rica and still ranks as one of the best courses in Central America. The 6,590 yard, par 71 course offers challenging tree-lined fairways where accuracy is more important than length.
Valle del Sol – Santa Ana
The Valle del Sol golf course is situated in Santa Ana, a high end suburb in the hills around San Jose. Valle del Sol, designed by Tracy May, is an 18-hole professional, par 72 course that gently slopes for 6,750 yards. The course offers fair yet challenging play with its small streams and lakes on almost every hole. Valle del Sol has a tropical garden-like atmosphere with fantastic views of the Irazu, Barva and Poas volcanoes to the north, and San Jose’s majestic mountain range to the west.