When it comes to relaxation, there's no better place in the world to take it easy than Costa Rica. Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach or get back to nature in one of the country's 26 national parks and nature reserves, Costa Rica is quite literally a tropical paradise. While surfing and canopy tours are among the more exciting activities you can enjoy here, Costa Rica has several world-class golf courses where you can work on your backswing amid some of the most stunning scenery on the planet.
An emerging sport
Golfing is probably Costa Rica's best-kept secret. Most of the country's courses are less than 10 years old, but make no mistake - these resorts will test your skills. Many of Costa Rica's top golf resorts were designed by experts, combining challenging play with breathtaking surroundings.
This 7,300-yard, 72-par course was designed by Mike Young, who is responsible for some of the most renowned and challenging courses in the U.S. Located in Santa Cruz in Guanacaste, each hole at Hacienda Pinilla was created to take full advantage of the land's natural contours and the features of the landscape. Boasting a number of deceptively challenging holes and tricky sandtraps, a round of golf at Hacienda Pinilla is a must for serious golfers.
Located in the heart of the rainforest in Puntarenas, La Iguana offers some of the most breathtaking scenery of any course in Costa Rica. This 18-hole, 72-par championship course was designed by Ted Robinson, providing golfers with a spectacular blend of rugged rainforest and ocean views. More than 150 species of bird inhabit the forest that surrounds the course, and some players have even reported having balls stolen by the playful monkeys that make their home in the trees that line the fairway!
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The Four Seasons Resort, Guanacaste
For the very best in Costa Rica golfing, head to the Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste. Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, this 18-hole, 72-par course attracts golfers from all over the world. Located on one of the peninsula's highest plateaus, you'll tee off while overlooking the spectacular azure waters of the Bahía de Culebra. As you progress through the course, you can learn more about the many species of plant that grow here as the cart path is a botanical garden, complete with signage describing the flora and fauna of the region.