Golf Courses . .
first appeared in Costa Rica in 1944 at the exclusive Costa
Rican Country Club just outside San Jose. This 9 hole course
remained the only golf course in the country for the next 25
years. Finally in the 1970's, George Fazio was commissioned
to design the first 18 hole championship golf course at what
became known as the Cariari Country Club This course
has a reputation of being one of the best in all of Central
America. Built on an old coffee plantation, this 6,590 yard
layout challenges the creative abilities of any golf course
architect in the world. With it's tree-lined fairways,
accuracy is far more important than length on most of the
Cariari's 18 holes. (For a complete course description with
photos, click onto each course listed individually below.)
Not until the tourist boom of the early 1990's did golf course
construction return to Costa Rica. Hiring world-renown golf architects,
several new golf projects were started on the northwestern pacific
coast. And now, golfers coming to Costa Rica can enjoy courses designed
by George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones II, Ron Garl, Ted Robinson,
Mike Young, Arnold Palmer and Tracy May.
The beautiful Garra de Leon Golf Course was created during this boom.
This magnificent 7,030 yard coastal golf course, designed by Robert
Trent Jones II, also plays at 6,593, 6,045 and 5,396 yards. The
spectacular resort surrounding Garra de Leon is considered the most
luxurious golf & beach resort in the entire Central American continent.
Within driving distance is the 18 hole championship links
style Hacienda Pinilla Golf & Country Club. Designed
by Mike Young, this 7,274 yard coastal layout is an
exciting course with open fairways and challenging winds.
Nearby, the Royal Pacific Golf & Country Club was completed
in 1997, but since then has been rather neglected. This Ron
Garl design winds through a variety of natural settings
within it's 6,802 yards. The front nine is fairly flat while
the back nine has steep fairways cut through a rocky terrain
creating a variety of exciting golf shots. Much
further south along the coast is the Los Sueños Golf Course.
Opened in 1999, this 6,707 yard course was designed by Ted
Robinson with two things in mind: natural beauty and
Bordered by ocean and rainforest, a dense canopy of exotic
plants, hardwood trees and wildlife all share one of golf's
most picturesque settings where magnificent
ancient trees come into
play testing a shot maker's ability for steering a ball
around this most outstanding 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