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 and $175 for 9-holes.
Another good option is the Reserva Conchal ★★ course at the Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa in Guanacaste. Greens fees here are $150, including a cart, for 18-holes, or $95 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 $150 for the general public; guests pay slightly less.
Down the Central Pacific coast south of Dominical, the San Buenas Golf Resort ★ (www.sbgr.com) has 9 holes. Greens fees, including a cart, run around $55 for 9 holes, or $80 if you play around the course twice.
Currently, the best option for golfers staying in and around San José is Parque Valle del Sol ★ ((tel) 2282-9222; www.vallesol.com), an 18-hole course in the western suburb of Santa Ana. Greens fees are $99, including a cart.
Golfers interested in a deal that includes play on a variety of courses should contact Costa Rica Golf Adventures ★ ((tel) 888/536-8510 in the U.S. and Canada; www.golfcr.com) or Tee Times Costa Rica ((tel) 866/448-3182 in the U.S. and Canada; www.teetimescostarica.com).
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.