Not only does Puerto Rico boast some of the most beautiful island scenery and fascinating historic architecture, but it is also the golf capital of the Caribbean. With an assortment of top-notch emerald courses located in various cities around the island, travelers who want to head for the greens during a Puerto Rican vacation will be in paradise.
Puerto Rico's perfect tropical temperatures is ideal for a game of golf almost any time of year. Warmth from the sun's sultry rays combined with cool breezes from the moderating trade winds create the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon tee time, and whether it's your first time on the course or you're a seasoned golf veteran, Puerto Rico has world-class courses designed to meet the golfing needs of all types of course patrons.
Several famous golfers come from the gorgeous island of Puerto Rico, including golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez. In addition to the numerous celebrity golfers who call the island home, Puerto Rico attracts more than 10,000 active golfers, including thousands of tourists who visit the island throughout the year as well as the island's locals who make up a large percentage of the golfing population. You don't have to be a golf professional to enjoy the spectacular greens in Puerto Rico.
To accommodate all of the island's golf fanatics, Puerto Rico has more than 20 golf courses, and several more are currently under construction. Many of the island's greens were designed by renowned course designers such as Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Arthur Hills. These championship courses offer challenging golf for both experienced golfers as well as novice players.
The hours of Puerto Rico's golf courses vary by establishment. Check with each course on your itinerary in advance so you won't miss out on any great green time. Usually, you don't need a reservation at the island's courses, and you should be able to get in an impromptu game of golf, but it is always best to check ahead of time just in case the greens are very crowded.
Several of Puerto Rico's golf courses are located at top-notch hotels and resorts, so when making your hotel reservations, find out whether your hotel has its own golf course. With the convenience of on-location golf, you can spend an invigorating afternoon on the greens and return to your luxurious for a relaxing dip in the pool, or just relax with a refreshing fruity cocktail at the hotel bar.
The cost to play at Puerto Rico's golf courses starts at approximately $30(USD) and can reach as high as $150(USD). There are a number of annual golf tournaments held on Puerto Rico, such as the World Amateur Team Championships. To find out about golf tournaments that may be going on during your vacation to Puerto Rico, contact the Puerto Rican Golf Association, which can be reached via Internet at www.prga.org or by calling 787-721-PRGA (7742) in Puerto Rico. The PRGA has been around since 1954, developing and promoting amateur golf throughout the island of Puerto Rico.
|Aguirre Golf Club||(787) 853-4052||Carr 3 Km 154.2 La Central - 12.0 mi. (19.2 km) South-Southwest of Cayey|
|Bahia Beach Golf Club||(787) 809-8920||Route 187 Kilometer 4 2 - 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) East-Southeast of Loiza|
|Berwind Country Club||(787) 876-3056 ext. 5380||Carr 187 Km 4.7 - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) East of Loiza|
|Borinquen Golf Club||--||3.7 mi. (5.9 km) North of Aguadilla|
|Caguas Real Golf Club||(787) 653-4653||Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel and Casino - 2.8 mi. (4.4 km) South-Southwest of Caguas|
|Club Depotivo del Oeste||(787) 851-8880||Carr 102 Km 17.0 Joyudas - 7.5 mi. (12.0 km) South-Southwest of Mayagüez|
|Coco Beach Golf||(787) 657-2000||100 Clubhouse Drive - 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) East-Southeast of Loiza|
|Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club||(787) 843-1853||300 Sancho's Avenue - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) Southeast of Ponce|
|Dorado Beach East Course||(787) 626-1010||Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach - 11.9 mi. (19.1 km) West of Old San Juan|
|Dorado Beach West Course||(787) 626-1010||Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach - 12.2 mi. (19.6 km) West of Old San Juan|
|Dorado Del Mar Golf Club||(787) 796-3070||Dorado|
|El Conquistador Resort & Country Club||(787) 863-1000||El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Las Croabas|
|El Legado Golf Resort||(787) 648-1818||9.3 mi. (15.0 km) South of Cayey|
|Flamboyan at Palmas del Mar Golf Club||(787) 656-3000||170 Candelero Drive - Palmas Del Mar|
|Fort Buchanan Golf Club||(787) 707-3980||Building 171 Fort Buchanan - 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) South of Old San Juan|
|Golf Links||(939) 940-4150||Royal Isabela - 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) West of Quebradillas|
|Las Bambuas Golf Course||(787) 712-0018||5.7 mi. (9.2 km) East of Caguas|
|Palm at Palmas del Mar Golf Club||(787) 285-2255||Carratera 3 at Km 86.4 - Palmas Del Mar|
|Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach||(787) 626-1010||Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach - 12.7 mi. (20.5 km) West of Old San Juan|
|Punta Borinquen Golf Club||(787) 890-2987||Punta Borinquen - 4.2 mi. (6.8 km) North of Aguadilla|
|Rio Mar Beach Resort and Golf Club: Ocean Course||(787) 888-8811||Rio Mar Beach Resort a Wyndham Grand Resort - 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) West of Luquillo|
|Rio Mar Beach Resort and Golf Club: River Course||(787) 888-6000||Rio Mar Beach Resort a Wyndham Grand Resort - 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) West of Luquillo|
|Río Bayamón Golf Course||(787) 740-1419||6.1 mi. (9.8 km) South of Old San Juan|
|Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach||(787) 626-1010||Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach - 12.1 mi. (19.4 km) West of Old San Juan|
|(787) 657-2000||100 Clubhouse Drive - 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) East-Southeast of Loiza|
|Trump International Golf Course||(787) 657-2000||100 Clubhouse Drive - 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) East-Southeast of Loiza|
The Aguirre Golf Club opened in 1926, making it the oldest course in Puerto Rico. Narrow fairways make the nine hole course a bit challenging, but the on site Pro Shop has everything you need to play the best round possible.
Set next to the El Yunque forest, the 18 holes at the BBahia Beach Golf Club are some of the newest in Puerto Rico. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and features a junior golf program and a luxury club house.
The Berwind Country Club is a private club that houses a public golf course – except on Saturday's when it's members only. A restaurant, practice facilities with expert teachers, and 18 holes are all located on property.
Caguas Real Golf Club features 18 holes that aim to be a challenge to every type of golfer. As such, the front and back nines are different from one another. The front nine are located on open, flat terrain, while the back nine are hilly and rough.
27 holes with a view of the Caribbean Sea, a massive club house, and a restaurant are the features of the Costa Caribe Golf and Country Club.
Coco Beach Golf and Country Club features four nine hole courses, each named for their views: the Lakes Course, Mountain Course, Ocean Course, and Palms Course.
The course at Dorado del Mar Beach and Golf Resort was designed by the famous ChiChi Rodriguez. It is a Par 72, 18 hole, championship course with breath taking views of the ocean and mountains. Lessons are available.
Designed by Arthur Hills, this 18 hole course is famous in Puerto Rico for its 200 foot change in elevation midway through the course. Golf Digest and Travel & Leisure rank it as one of the best courses in the world.
El Legado Golf Resort is a championship course designed by ChiChi Rodriguez. On site ammenities include a Pro Shop, club house, restaurant, and bar.
Fort Buchanan Golf Club is located at the Fort Buchanan United States Army Post, and is available for use by active and retire military and their guests. The course if only nine holes long, but it can be used to play an 18 hole round.
With five of the hardest consecutive holes on the island – holes 11 through 15 – Palm at Palmas del Mar Golf Club is considered to be one of the top courses in Puerto Rico. With 18-holes, this par-72 course was designed by Gary Player. Also on property is an 18-hole course of championship caliber designed by Rees Jones.
Punta Borinuen has been around since 1940, and originally built for the use of the military. The course is open and has views of the ocean. On property golfers will find practice greens and a driving range.
Outfitted with a driving range as well as putting and chipping practice areas, the Río Bayamón Golf Course is a nine hole course that has plans to add another nine.
There are two courses located at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa: Tom and George Fazio's Ocean Course and the River Course. Each course is 18 holes and over six thousand yards of panoramic views. Tom and George Fazio's Ocean Course offers views of the ocean as the name implies, and the River Course follows the Mamays River through a hilly course.
36 holes at the Trump International Golf Club take you through varied terrain; from palm trees along the ocean to riverfront mountains. Practice facilities here include a driving range, two putting greens, and a chipping area.
Golfing can be a relaxing experience, as well as exciting competition, so why not practice your swing while visiting the multi-faceted vacation destination of Puerto Rico.
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