The impressive 36-hole golf complex near Rio Grande actually started out as the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club with the initial 18-holes opening in the Spring of 2004 and the second layout following two years later. The facility was later branded Trump International but financial woes in 2015 resulted in the franchise collapsing and the facility reverting back to its original name.
Developed by Bruce Besse of Willowbend Golf & Land Design, this project was the first non-US assignment that Tom Kite Design was involved in and it resulted in four 9-hole loops that were originally named Mountain, Palm, Lakes and Ocean.
The Lakes and Ocean nines became the Championship course and the Palms and Mountain nines formed the International course when Donald Trump took over the operation here and these two layouts comprise as good a 36-hole golf complex as you will find anywhere in the Caribbean.
The International enjoys a number of substantial elevation changes on its front nine and many golfers believe this Mountain circuit to be the best of the four 9-hole loops on the property. The Palms nine form a somewhat disjointed set of holes that are routed around a forest of palms and wetlands, with several unfortunate long walks between holes.
Coco Beach Golf and Country Club has hosted the Puerto Rica Open on a composite course since it became a PGA Tour event in 2008. Michael Bradley won the competition in 2011 after a playoff, claiming the winner’s trophy for the second time in three years.
Although the club was run by Trump, the club’s owner, Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
February 29, 2012