Situated within the Nasacolo Forest on Costa Rica’s remote northwest Pacific coast, the Peninsula Papagayo resort is home to one of the most spectacular courses in Central America.
The layout was carved through a heavily contoured, densely wooded site at the tip of a promontory where the fairways – many of them dog legged – were expertly routed around a rugged landscape by Arnold Palmer’s design team, making the most of the dramatic elevation changes.
Water hazards feature at several holes – most notably at the 5th, 13th and 18th where small pools come into play – and creeks cross the fairways in front of the greens at the par five 9th and short par four 14th.
“El Bajo,” the 438-yard 6th, is the signature hole at Peninsual Papagayo, with an elevated tee position that offers stunning views across the shimmering waters of Bahía de Culebra.
The tree-lined fairway at this par four curves to the left, plunging more than two hundred feet on its way to a small, shallow pulpit green – there may no bunkers on this hole but sand traps are somewhat surplus to requirement when the terrain’s this tortuous.
Phenomenal course, worthy of Top 100 in world. This Arnold Palmer designed course is incorporated into the jungle and cliffs of the Papagayo peninsula; the course affords massive, breathtaking views on nearly every hole--looking out over either the Pacific Ocean or Culebra Bay.
There are so many noteworthy holes on this course, but my favorite is the Par 4, Hole #3. The tee boxes are on a ridge high over the rest of the hole (with water views of Culebra Bay to your left and the Pacific Ocean to your right!), with a couple of options on approaching the hole--since it's a relatively short hole and tempts you to try to drive the green if you can fly the traps and avoid the huge decline to the right of the green.
Being a Four Seasons Resort course, the conditions, facilities and service are top notch, and this is easily the best course course in Costa Rica (as well as likely all of Central America). Highly recommended to the avid golfer, as it's a "bucket list" type of golf course you need to play at least once!