Golf Vacations in Costa Rica

Take a Golf Vacation in Costa Rica

With world-class golf courses in incredible tropical locations, Costa Rica is an absolute must for anyone looking to practice their swing.
Costa Rica is a perfect destination for “golf widows (or widowers)” or anyone with interests away from the driving range. With so many activities to do and places to see in this idyllic location, it’s easy to find something to help you unwind and keep you on your toes.
But back to the golf in Costa Rica. 
To some people, golf is a good walk spoiled, while to others, it’s a passion to end all passions. And there’s no need, in any way, to quell that passion for the sport you love while in Costa Rica. So instead, we’ll help you find your perfect blend of golf and Costa Rica together.
There are several hotels and destinations in Costa Rica with easy access to the best golf courses in the country. That means we can tailor the most incredible Costa Rica golf vacation for you and your friends.

Customized Golf Vacations With Insider’s Knowledge

Costa Rican Vacations is happy to help put together your dream golf vacation. 
We provide expert insight on where to stay and how to take advantage of different locations. Let us know what you want to do, and we can show you where to go.
Although most hotels don’t include access to golf courses in their regular fees, you have easy access to them. Some are even on the same grounds as the resorts, meaning you can enjoy a round without traveling far.
Any golfer knows the sport provides a variety of benefits for your mental and physical health. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine amid spectacular scenery is part of this. 
As one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it stands to reason that Costa Rica has plenty of stunning courses in beautiful locations.
The Pacific Ocean, lush tropical forests, and open blue skies can all be part of your stay. Swing away your worries as you immerse yourself into the game and the natural wonders around you. Don’t forget to look up and spot tropical birds flying by.
All our properties with access to golf courses offer excellent accommodation and top-notch service. They also provide different vacation styles. There are luxury rental villas, all-inclusive resorts, and even specialized boutique hotels. So if you’re traveling with your family, a group of friends, or even by yourself, don’t worry. There’s something for everyone.
If you’re unsure which one is the best for you, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. We can adjust our packages to your needs and wishes. Other activities besides golf, like adventure tours, can also be part of your stay.

In-Country Expertise: Tips for Your Costa Rica Golf Trip

One way to ensure you have a fantastic vacation is to know what to expect when playing golf in Costa Rica.

1) Keep Hydrated

Costa Rica sits in the tropics and has different weather and vegetation from the United States and Europe.
The heat can become overwhelming for some visitors, and since golf takes place outside, we can’t stress enough that you must keep hydrated during the game.

2) There’s No Need to Rush

For that same reason, your pace might be slower. For example, if a par-72 golf course can take 2-3 hours, it could take 4 or even 5 hours in Costa Rica.
It’s a matter of saving energy and not forcing yourself. After all, Costa Rica’s laid-back lifestyle means kicking back and enjoying the moment. Enjoy the ride. Don’t worry about that group behind you on the course - they’re taking their time, too.

3) Fight off the Sun

We recommend you avoid playing between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, when the sun is much stronger.
Even the pros often play from 7:00-11:00 am, go to the shade, and then return to the game from 2:00-5:00 pm. Remember that whatever hours you choose to play, always put on sunblock.

4) And the Rain

If the opposite happens and it starts to rain, it’s always better to get off the open field. In Costa Rica, rain (anything from light showers to thunderstorms) can occur almost anytime, although some weather is more likely to happen in certain seasons.
Make sure to ask one of our agents about the best seasons to come for golfing. And if it starts to pour, relax. Lounge at the hotel and have some fun. Hotels will let you return to finish the game once it stops.

5) Rent a Golf Cart

Some of these properties are very big and to move things along, a golf cart is of great help. Also, a golf cart usually includes a towel and water bottle for your convenience.

6) Twilight Tee Time

Grab some discounts by playing after 1:00 pm. Most hotels offer similar options. Ask us in case you have any questions.

Best Golf Courses in Costa Rica

Below we’ve highlighted some of Costa Rica’s best golf courses around the country. All expertly designed and well maintained, these courses guarantee top-notch entertainment for golfers of all levels.

La Iguana Golf Course

Location: Playa Herradura
If you’re an avid golfer, you’ll want to take a look at the La Iguana Golf Course in Playa Herradura, near the beach town of Jaco. Here, staying at the luxurious Los Sueños Resort, you can combine a perfect blend of gold and sport fishing.
This 18-hole, par-71 course is surrounded by a rain forest with great views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, giving it an excellent tropical feel.
Designed by Ted Robinson, La Iguana is so close to nature that you often spot monkeys or macaws while teeing off, making for a memorable experience.
Lodging: Los Sueños Resort and Marina 

Four Seasons Golf Club

Location: Papagayo
This Arnold Palmer-designed course is a golfer’s paradise, voted one of the “Best 100 Courses Outside of the United States” by Golf Digest. Another accolade is that Travel + Leisure considers it one of the world’s top 20 most scenic golf courses. There are Pacific Ocean views at most holes as you play around and through tropical vegetation. The grounds are perfectly manicured, and the service is top-notch in true Four Seasons brand style.
This 18-hole, par-72 championship course is a must-play course if you visit Costa Rica.

Reserva Conchal Golf Course

Location: Playa Conchal
The Reserva Conchal Golf Course features 18 holes with a par-71.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the course emphasizes the surrounding landscape, ensuring that all golfers enjoy the natural beauty of the area during their adventures.
With ocean views and high-quality greens, this course offers everything a golfer could want. After a day on the fairway, you can spend time on the tennis courts or in the free-form swimming pool at the resort. Other options like the on-site spas and restaurants provide a place for you to relax and refuel after a long day.

Punta Islita Executive Course

Location: Punta Islita
Set on 300 acres of eco-resort, this course offers nine holes of par-27, flanked by a lush tropical setting. The Punta Islita hotel comes equipped with an infinity pool and swim-up cocktail bar with panoramic views.
Hotel: Punta Islita 

Tango Mar Golf Course

Location: Tambor
This 9-hole par-3 and the par-4 course is set on a 150-acre exclusive private beachfront reserve facing the Gulf of Nicoya, providing breathtaking water views.
Hotel: Tango Mar Resort

FAQs About Golf Vacations in Costa Rica


How much does it cost to play golf in Costa Rica? 

Green fees in Costa Rica vary depending on the course you’re playing and, of course, how many holes. Talk to us about where you’re interested in staying, and we can give you up-to-date prices or even include a round or two in your vacation itinerary.

Does Costa Rica have good golf courses? 

Yes, Costa Rica has some excellent, world-class golf courses.

Is golf popular in Costa Rica? 

Golf is semi-popular in Costa Rica, although far more so with ex-pats and tourists rather than local people.

Are there many golf courses in Costa Rica? 

Unfortunately, no. Costa Rica is a small country with a small population, so there are not many golf courses, less than ten in total. That said, the quality of most courses in Costa Rica is excellent.


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