Costa Rica doesn’t have a lot of golf courses, but those it does have offer stunning scenery and almost no crowds. Be aware that strong seasonal winds make playing most of the Guanacaste courses challenging from December through March.
The most spectacular course is at Four Seasons Resort, designed by Arnold Palmer. Greens fees are $240 for 18 holes, though there are also unlimited golf for a maximum 6 nights $750.
Another good option is the Reserva Conchal course at the Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa in Guanacaste. Greens fees here start at $125, including a cart, for 18 holes, or $85 for 9 holes. With advance notice and depending on available tee times, this course is currently open to guests at other area hotels with advance reservations.
Hacienda Pinilla is an 18-hole links-style course located south of Tamarindo. This might just be the most challenging course in the country, and the facilities, though limited, are top-notch. Currently, the course is open to golfers staying at hotels around the area, with advance reservations. Greens fees run around $150 for 18 holes, including a cart, or $75 for 9 holes.
Another major resort course is La Iguana at the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Playa Herradura. Greens fees, including a cart, run around $195 for the general public; hotel guests pay slightly less.
There’s also the 18-hole Cariari Country Club, in the San Antonio de Belen area, which is members only but Costa Rica Golf Vacations has access to it, as well as special deals to a variety of courses around the country.
Currently, the best option for golfers staying in and around San José is Parque Valle del Sol (2282-9222), an 18-hole course in the western suburb of Santa Ana. Greens fees are $99 and include a cart.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.