Costa Rica

Costa Rica, sandwiched between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, is one of the most progressive countries in Central America. Once heavily reliant on exporting bananas, pineapples and coffee, Costa Rica now earns an increasing amount of foreign exchange from industries such as electronics, software development and ecotourism.

The Costa Rican population of just over 4 million people welcomes over two million tourists every year. Sometimes described as the “Switzerland of Latin America” for its natural beauty, Costa Rica offers visitors a wonderful variety of landscapes – from tropical and mangrove rainforests to active and inactive volcanoes, from spectacular Pacific and Caribbean beaches to high altitude plains and mountains.

The first 9-hole course in the country appeared at the Costa Rican Country Club outside San Jose in 1944 and it remained the only course in the country until 18 holes were constructed at Cariari Country Club in the 1970s. The tourist boom in the 1990s resulted in a number of top-flight courses arriving on the golfing scene, and amongst them were Garra de Leon, Hacienda Pinilla, Royal Pacific, Los Suenos and Valle del Sol. More recently, the Arnold Palmer-designed Four Seasons Resort course at Peninsula Papagayo on the Pacific coast has caused quite a stir in Costa Rican golfing circles.

Our Costa Rica rankings were last updated in February 2017.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Costa Rica

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo

1st Costa Rica Ranking

The Arnold Palmer designed Peninsula Papagayo golf course at the Four Seasons Resort opened for play in 2004. Stunning ocean views across the Bahía de Culebra are on offer from many fairways that sit atop a high bluff.

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Reserva Conchal

2nd Costa Rica Ranking

The Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed course at Reserva Conchal Golf Club opened for play in 1996. This Gold Coast resort layout is surrounded by the Playa Conchal property.

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Hacienda Pinilla

3rd Costa Rica Ranking

Mike Young developed the art of design from grassroots and Hacienda Pinilla is perhaps his finest creation that weaves its way out through tropical woodland and heads down to the Pacific Ocean on the way home.

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La Iguana - Los Suenos

4th Costa Rica Ranking

Ted Robinson routed the La Iguana course at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort through a tropical rainforest where monkeys and parrots will accompany you as you play along the exotic fairways.

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Cariari

5th Costa Rica Ranking

Designed by George Fazio and constructed by his nephew Tom Fazio in the early 1970s, Cariari Country Club was the first 18-hole course to be built in Costa Rica...

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Valle del Sol

6th Costa Rica Ranking

Located close to downtown San José near the town of Santa Ana, the golf course at Valle del Sol was originally developed as a private facility in the late 1970s but was never completed by its North American owner...

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