It must be
understood, golf is not a Costa Rican sport and probably
ranks somewhere between ping pong and ice hockey amongst the
Tico population. For this
reason there are only 7 Championship, 18 hole golf courses
in the entire country. As a comparison, Costa Rica has 7
golf courses on 1.5 times more land area than Maryland but
Maryland has 230 courses. Kentucky has about the same
population as Costa Rica but has 300 more courses.
Needless to say, finding a course is no easy feat and
getting to one can be even more challenging. The good
news is, four of these courses are located in the Guanacaste
province. All are reachable by car within 90 minutes
from the nicest hotels on the Pacific North Coast.
When a golfer visits a
place for the first time, he wants to know:
Wouldn’t it be nice to
have someone take all the anxiety out of the foreign
golfing experience while you are in Costa Rica?
If that's the case, you should think about calling
me. I'm Richard the Golf Guy, and I will
arrange your tee times, carts, club rentals if
needed, and transportation to and from Hacienda
Pinilla and Reserva Conchal. I will be
happy to offer advice on the other 2 courses.
am available as a playing partner, or a guide.
And because of my association with these courses, I
can usually save you money.
you are in country, you can call me at:
Office: 2697-1707 or Cell: 8877-8047
just email me at:
HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN
Four Seasons Golf Course
magnificent par 72 course was designed
by The Arnold Palmer Group to be a true resort course. This
course, with all its spectacular views is designed to give
pleasure with a slight amount of challenge.
five sets of tees designed to accommodate all skill levels.
At 6,788 yards, the blacks play to a 71.9 slope and a 141
rating. The other 4 tees play at 6,522, 6,147, 5,579, and
4,880 yards respectively. The holes designs and lengths are
varied with a lot of elevation changes.
biggest difficulty here is managing your concentration as
the vistas are an extreme distraction. This course is set up
to be played by Four Season hotel guests only, so in order
to play a day room has to be reserved. If the cost of
playing is not an obstacle this is the most beautiful course
in Costa Rica and worth the expense.
+ Room Fee of $200-300 (potential cost is $495)
Conchal Golf Club
Reserva Conchal was designed
by Robert Trent Jones Junior to fit into a ocean side condo
community development and to be the center piece for the
“new” Westin Resort. A good overall description of the
course is that it is lush and beautifully maintained. Very
typical of a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course
and greens are elevated. Six of the holes have lakes that
can come into play. The course plays to a par 71 with 4 sets
of tees. The back tees will challenge at 7,021 yards and a
rating of 74.9 and slope of 137. The other three tees play
to 6,558 yards, 6,023 yards, and 5,323 yards.
Pinilla was designed by Mike Young to wind around inside of
a 4,000 acre working cattle ranch. No cows are allowed on
the course. This course has the best green complexes in the
country, they are fast and true. Heavy priority should be
placed on your approach shot here as all the greens are well
course plays a long 7,296 yards from the tips and has a
rating of 75.4 and a slope of 145. When the Papagayo winds
blow in March it can play a little tougher. The other three
tees are 6,689 yards, 6,189 yards and 5,106 yards. This
course is the most representative of the countryside of
Guanacaste and well worth the effort.
Papagayo Golf and Country Club
This course, located just
minutes from Playas Del Coco and Playa Hermosa, did not have
a professional designer nor does it have a professionally
trained greens keeper. However, if you are looking for
a fun round on a cute little course here it is.
back tees it plays to 6,028 yards in a par 72 layout.
tees measure 5,684 yards and the forward tees are set at
4,778 yards. Not a long course but it is wise to hit it
straight as most fairways are tight and the greens are