Valle del Sol in Santa Ana, is the only public golf course located in the Central Valley, the geographical and cultural heart of Costa Rica. In the opinion of most of the golfers in Costa Rica, it is also the best golf course in the Central Valley and is certified as a wildlife sanctuary by Audubon International. Be sure to bring your camera to capture images of the many migrating birds and the magnificent garden and mountainous surroundings.
Valle del Sol’s well-manicured setting has a dozen or so lakes and lagoons that are connected by streams. A variety of majestic trees help outline this picturesque setting. This exciting 18-hole course on the western side of the Central Valley, was designed by golf architect, Tracy May, in 1997. Part of the unique character of this course are views of three Costa Rican volcanoes. Volcan Irazu, Barva and Poas can be seen in the distance to the north and northeast, as well as the ‘tropical forest’ covered mountain range to the south that separates San Jose and the Central Valley from the Pacific coast. Valle del Sol sits at 2,965 feet above sea level.
The front nine at Valle del Sol requires a bit more accuracy off the tee boxes due to the towering trees separating its wide undulating fairways, while the back nine is notably more open and prone to the will of the summer tropical winds, especially from December through March. Each of the 18-holes offer six different tee boxes taking into account the varying level of golfers, instead of the standard “men, women, and senior” tee box positioning found on most courses. Valle del Sol’s greens are TIF Dwarf grass and the fairways are 419 Bermuda grass.
There is a 260 yard in length driving range, a practice green & sand trap, and a cafeteria as well conveniently located on the property.
Golf Course Superintendent: Mark Dinan
Hours of Operation:
- Mondays: from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Tuesday thru Sunday: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Golf Course Directions: Residential Parque Valle del Sol, Pozos, Santa Ana, Lindora, – 1.7 km west from “Davivienda Bank.”