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Listed below are the courses we recommend for our clients. There are three in the Northwest coast province of Guanacaste, two in the Central Valley outside the capital city of San José, and one on the Central Pacific Coast. Although there are other nice nine hole courses these are the only 18 hole championship courses in Costa Rica. As new courses open up we will add them if we feel they are worthy of being included in this list.         Pura vida,  A recent interview of Landy on golfingaroundTV
Central Valley
      Cariari Country Club

The Cariari, long considered to be the best course in Central America, is a natural to play when arriving in Costa Rica. Situated on land that was once a coffee plantation, the Cariari was designed by golf course architect George Fazio and built by his now famous nephew, Tom Fazio. This par 71 course measures 6,577 yards from the Championship tees, but plays much longer. The course is heavily wooded, the fairways are narrow with few fairway bunkers, and the greens tend to be on the large side with sand traps throughout. Carts are available and caddies mandatory.

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Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Blue 72.7 144 6,577 Gold 68.9 135 5,955
White 71.1 140 6,260 Red 71.9 138 5,416
Location: San José, Par: 71, Yardage: 6,577, Architect: George Fazio
Tee Time Info: Cariari Country Club - from $95 Monday through Friday- all day / Sat. & Sun. from 11:00am
      Parque Valle del Sol

In 1994 golf course architect Tracy May renovated the original nine hole course and added the final nine. The results achieved by May are an outstanding 18 hole championship golf course. May, with the assistance of the on-site construction supervisor Mark Dinan, has designed the layout to be challenging and fair under most conditions, and downright tough when the winds come swirling down from the surrounding mountains. The rolling hills, mature trees, and the surrounding mountains create a great setting for golf. Parque Valle del Sol was the first course in Costa Rica to be an Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Carts are available and you can also walk the course.

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Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Black 73.2 145 7,011 White 66.1 103 5,461
Gold 69.6 126 6,147 Red 66.6 107 4,812
Location: Santa Ana, Par: 72, Yardage: 7,011, Designer: Tracy May
Tee Time Info: Valle del Sol - from $95 w/ cart Monday through Sunday- all day
Pacific Northwest
      Reserva Conchal

The Reserva Conchal Course is an ocean course with a desire to replace the Cariari Country Club as the number one golf course in Central America. No expense was spared to create a course on par with the spectacular resort it surrounds. Beautiful vistas, sweeping fairways, large Click to read the latest testimonialsundulating greens, mucha agua - - simply put, a beautiful golf course. Carts are mandatory and included in the green fee.

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Golfweek's Best: Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Courses, 2014
Rated #20, Reserva Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Gold 73.8 137 6,956 White 68.4 128 5,951
Blue 71.5 135 6,497 Red 70.6 126 5,293
Location: Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Par: 72, Yardage: 6,956, Architect: Robert Trent Jones, II
Tee Time Info: Reserva Conchal Golf Club - $125 w/ cart - Monday through Sunday- all day

      Hacienda Pinilla

This Mike Young designed course is a coastal layout with wide, open fairways and the prevailing winds come into play on just about every hole. The bump and run is recommended for most approach shots as the greens are hard and fast. A truly distinguishing characteristic of Hacienda Pinilla is the many well-located pot bunkers that are cleverly placed around most greens. It is challenging and will reward conservative play more often than not. You will be playing in dry tropical forest leading to an unforgettable round of golf. Carts are mandatory and included in the green fee.

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Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Black 75.4 145 7,274 White 70.4 120 6,392
Blue  72.4 137 6,717 Red 72.8 122 5,754
Location: North Pacific Coast , Par: 72, Yardage: 7,274, Architect: Mike Young
Tee Time Info: Hacienda Pinilla - $115 w/cart - Monday through Sunday- all day
    The Four Seasons Golf Club

Designed by Arnold Palmer, this 18-hole, par-72 championship course was designed with the resort golfer in mind. Spanning over 50 hectares (125 acres), this beautiful piece of property sits on the tip of Peninsula Papagayo, nestled in the mountainside along the Pacific Ocean.

Twelve holes of the course feature spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The course plays 6,788 yards from the championship tees for the low-handicap golfer, but is accessible to golfers at all levels, with four other sets of tees. For example, from the forward tees the course plays only 4,880 yards. Keep in mind you have to stay at the resort in order to play the golf course.

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Golfweek's Best: Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Courses, 2014
Rated #25, Four Seasons Resort, Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Back 71.9 141 6,788 Gold     5,579
Blue 70.8 136 6,522 Red 72.1 132 4,880
White 68.6 120 6,147

 

Location: Peninsula Papagayo, N. Pacific Coast , Par: 72, Yardage: 6,800
Designer: Arnold Palmer
Tee Time Info: Four Seasons - $230 w/cart -Monday through Sunday- all day
Central Pacific Coast
       La Iguana, Los Sueños Marriott

La Iguana is all we can expect from a Ted Robinson Jr. designed course. Robinson Golf, Inc. has designed more than 150 courses around the world. Ted has given us a course that few in the world can match for natural beauty and challenging golf. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and rainforest on the other makes it a difficult task to concentrate on your golf game. La Iguana has a forecaddie that accompanies each group. The term "guide" is appropriate in this case as so much is to be seen besides the break of a putt. Carts are mandatory and included in the green fee. "Costa Rica's Gem In The Tropical Forest"

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Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage Tees Course Rating Slope Rating Yardage
Gold 73.4 145 6,698 White 69.2 115 5,896
Blue 71.5 132 6,299 Red 70.4 118 5,375
Location: Jacó Beach, Par: 72, Yardage: 6,698, Architect: Ted Robinson Jr.
Tee Time Info: La Iguana Golf Club - from $125.00 w/cart- Monday through Sunday- all day

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