Robert T Jones Golf Course
As the jewel of the Costa Rica golf experience, this 18-hole golf course – meticulously designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones II – delivers sheer relaxation and spectacular fun for golfers of all levels. Whether you’ve never picked up a club or your handicap is in the single digits, this world-class golf course guarantees a fantastic round for everyone.
Bathed in the luscious greens and striking blues of the Pacific Ocean, the scenery of the course is enough to keep you entertained. Aside from the captivating surroundings, the 6,956-yard, par-71 championship golf course is one of the best in Costa Rica.
Since its inauguration in 1996, the course has provided golf aficionados with an extraordinary eco-golf experience and was the first in Costa Rica to be recognized by Audubon International www.auduboninternational.org for its environmentally friendly efforts.
Characteristic features of the course include unique elevations from tee to green, fairways protected by sand traps and lakes, and lush forests surrounding the greens. Past players of note include Jasper Parnevick, David Leadbetter, Hale Irwin, and more.
The 7,021-yard layout consists of two distinct returning nines wandering through native forests, lagoons and along 1.6 miles of white sand Pacific Ocean beach.
The 320-yard opening hole features a fairway devoid of hazards. While long hitters might be tempted to use their drivers, a ravine fronting the shallow green rewards caution – possibly a long iron followed by a wedge into the green.
On the 542-yard seventh, tee shots must carry a cluster of trees on the left side of the fairway to offer any chance of reaching the green in two. Careful players can bail out to the right off the tee, but 13 bunkers will discourage their aspirations for par.
Rounds conclude with a fabulous trio of finishing holes. Number 16, a 554-yard par five, features a downhill tee shot and a sweeping, panoramic Pacific Ocean view. This hole is characterized by a wide, undulating fairway that offers a variety of strategic options for the approach shot.
Number 17 presents a stout 212-yard downhill par three that plays out of a chute of native jungle canopy to a three-tiered green fronted by water.
Finally, number 18 caps a wonderful round with a risk/reward par five of 547 yards. Water guards the entire left side. A drive that lands close to the water offers a chance to hit a heroic second shot at a green that will receive a low-running draw. First-time golfers are encouraged to check the yardage book before teeing off and play very conservatively.
The par fours are long and uphill, which means that you might lose one or two clubs’ distance due to the elevations and sea level. A robust sand game is key – due to the 63 traps strategically placed throughout the course – as mentioned above, hole seven alone boasts 13.
The number one tip that we can give, however, is to enjoy the views, the surrounding nature and have fun with your game! Take your time and soak in the forest and wildlife around you.
We look forward to welcoming you to Costa Rica on your next golf getaway.