4 Best Costa Rica Golf Courses

Whether your idea of the perfect day involves 36 holes or a few rounds between your sportfishing and scuba diving agenda, we’ve got you covered! Costa Rica is rapidly becoming a world-class golf destination, with several championship courses in the capital city of San Jose as well as along the tropical Pacific Coast. Costa Rica golf is on its way to becoming a popular pastime.

Arnold Palmer Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo

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Set on the Papagayo Peninsula with cool, prevailing breezes, the Four Seasons Golf Club Costa Rica boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean on 14 of its 18 holes. This Arnold Palmer Signature golf course has wide, undulating fairways with large and contoured greens, providing a fair and challenging test of your golf finesse.

La Iguana Golf Course at Los Sueños Marriott

La Iguana Golf Course is Ted Robinson Jr’s picturesque par 72 golf course situated on a secluded cove in the Jaco & Central Pacific area. With pristine natural beauty, this course offers beautiful views of Costa Rica’s coastline and lush rainforests. Iguana Course, one of the very finest in all of Costa Rica, is a unique ecological experience and only two hours away from San Jose.

Garra de Leon Golf Course at Playa Conchal

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Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the tropical forests of Guanacaste, Robert Trent Jones II’s challenging golf course is located on the magnificent grounds of the Westin Playa Conchal. This course something of an ecological treasure as it snakes from the sea to the hills of an old teak ranch and then back to the sea again, finishing with a bending par 5 that arcs like a lion’s claw to the last pin.

Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course at JW Marriott

This course is nestled along the north Pacific coast of Guanacaste on Langosta Beach in the most exotic setting. The rolling coastal landscape gives the resort a unique “ranch-like” ambiance. The 7,500-yard, par-72 masterwork, was created by Mike Young offers superb playing conditions by the sea.

Costa Rica Golf FAQ:

Yes! Dress codes can vary, but you will generally be fine with dockers and a collared shirt for men and something similar or a skirt or skort for women. You’ll also need close-toed shoes. We also highly recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.
No, you do not need golf shoes to play golf in Costa Rica. You can play golf in close-toed tennis shoes or sneakers, preferably ones with a little grip on the bottom.
You can set one up with the resort in advance or get started with a Costa Rica Expert. You’ll generally want to give a few days notice (especially in peak season: December – May) and note that earlier times of day typically fill up faster.