Golf in Costa Rica was started in 2002. At that time, there were fewer established golf courses than there is today, and the golf courses saw much less play than they do now here in 2017. In those past fifteen years, Costa Ricans have taken to golf and become avid golfers. We have yet to see the “Golf Galaxy” and “Edwin Watts” retail stores come to Costa Rica, but we still can hope.
The newer golf development here in Costa Rica is based on “Resort” golf. That’s great, because we get those Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus designed courses, but bad because most of can’t afford to play them, or at least not on a regular basis. What Costa Rica needs is a few public courses to open up and drive green fees down. There surely are enough golfers in the Central Valley to support them, but as of now, the golf population are limited to the few courses that do exist. Fortunately, these courses are all good courses.
My intention for creating Golf in Costa Rica is to provide accurate information (coming from an actual Costa Rican golfer) on what is currently available. On the internet it is not uncommon to see websites providing names of golf courses that do not exist. I wish they did, I would love to play them. Hopefully this site will be helpful for those people planning on visiting Costa Rica, hoping to get a round or two in, but are not sure where to begin, or what information is correct or not.
There are a few 9-hole courses that I do not provide information on. I have never played them, but have been told that they are “fun, nice, and should give them a try.” Four of them come into mind; “Los Delphines” at Playa Tambor, “Punta Islita” in the Nicoya Peninsula, “Monteran” in Curridabat, and “Eagle Eye” in Cartago. These four 9-hole courses and the nine courses that I provide info on are Costa Rica’s Golf Courses.
I do not try to establish in this site an opinion on value for the dollar for each course, but instead provide info on each course, their green fees, guest policies, and supply a map for each course, so if you choose to play it, you will know how to get there.
I offer “Tee Time” reservation service to try to help all those sending emails requests of “how can I get a tee time”? Computerized tee times haven’t caught on down here yet, so in Costa Rica, we still do it the old-fashion way. . . by phone.