Golf Vacations in Costa Rica

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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. And it has the benefit that it is also perfect 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 or keep you on your toes.
There’s no need to postpone your passion for the sport you love while in Costa Rica for a holiday. You just need to find the perfect blend between golf and Costa Rica. The good thing is that there are several hotels and destinations with easy access to the best golf courses in the country. That means you can get a tailored Costa Rica golf vacation for you and your friends.

Customized Golf Vacations With Insider Knowledge

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.
Besides, any golfer knows the sport provides a variety of benefits for your mental and physical health. Being outside in the fresh Costa Rican 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 in 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. Other activities besides golf, like adventure tours, can also be part of your stay.
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.

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. Carry your water bottle or other refreshing drink of choice and make sure you drink plenty of it.

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 or wear an appropriate hat.

4) Watch out for 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, and they're a good way to make the most of your buck.

Best Golf Courses in Costa Rica

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

La Iguana Golf Course

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 get the perfect blend of golf and sport fishing.
This 18-hole, par-71 course is surrounded by a rainforest 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.

Four Seasons Golf Club

This Arnold Palmer-designed course is a golfer’s paradise. It was voted one of the “Best 100 Courses Outside of the United States” by Golf Digest, and 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

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

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

Tango Mar Golf Course

  • Location: Tambor
  • Lodging: Tango Mar Resort
This 9-hole, par-3 and par-4 course is set on a 150-acre exclusive private beachfront reserve facing the Gulf of Nicoya. It provides breathtaking water views and the opportunity to practice excellent short games.

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 how many holes. Decide which location looks more interesting to you and we can help you from there with tips and up-to-date prices.

Does Costa Rica have good golf courses?

Yes, Costa Rica has some excellent, world-class golf courses. We particularly recommend La Iguana Golf Course, Reserva Conchal Golf Course, and the Four Seasons Golf Club.

Is golf popular in Costa Rica?

Golf is semi-popular in Costa Rica. Ex-pats and tourists usually play it more 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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