Panama

One of the most strategically located countries in the world, Panama sits between Colombia and Costa Rica, connecting North and South America. Its world famous canal (often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world”) allows shipping to move easily between the North Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

Like most countries in Central and South America, Panama is a former Spanish colony that only really began to flourish when first it severed its Iberian connections in the early 19th century and then when it relinquished its allegiance to Colombia in 1903. Just over ten years later, the US completed the construction of the canal – an important asset that only came under the exclusive control of the Panamanian government at the start of this millenium!

Although Panama can only boast a handful of golf courses, a number of these are so compelling that you really should take your golf clubs. Keep a watchful eye on Lucero (formerly known as Cielo Paraiso) in Boquete province, which opened in 2009. J. Michael Poellot’s layout has the potential to become one of the world’s most spectacular golf courses.

Our Panama rankings were last updated in September 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Panama

Lucero

1st Panama Ranking

Designed by American architect J. Michael Poellot, the golf course at Cielo Paraiso not only requires patience but stamina. Ideally play outside the rainy season and you’re in for a thrilling visual treat.

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Mantarraya

2nd Panama Ranking

The Mantarraya golf course is set within the Royal Decameron Beach Resort, between the recently modernised Scarlett Martinez International airport and the Rio Farallón, where the river empties into the Pacific Ocean.

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Panama

3rd Panama Ranking

Club de Golf de Panama was formed by American workers involved in the construction of the Panama Canal in 1922...

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Buenaventura

4th Panama Ranking

The golf course at Buenaventura is an 18-hole Nicklaus Design layout that’s set within a large residential development on the Pacific coast of Panama, in the province of Coclé.

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Vista Mar

5th Panama Ranking

Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort lies within an impressive 700-acre property on the Pacific coast, less than a two-hour drive from the capital...

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BlueBay Coronado

6th Panama Ranking

BlueBay Coronado is one of the leading courses in Panama amongst a small, select group that includes Club de Golf de Panama, Mantarraya, Buenaventura and Ceilo Paraiso.

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