Played Reserva Conchal Golf Club the last week of March on a five day unlimited golf/practice package. Played here last year and enjoyed it so much had to go back again. Last year had nothing but praise for everything about Reserva including the perfect weather, golf course, wildlife, staff, and natural surroundings.
This year the Guancaste Region (and most of Pacific Central America) have experienced extreme severe drought. This phenomenon greatly affected the plants and gardens in the area and the local aquifers are close to being depleted if water is not conserved properly. Two big course differences this year were the ponds on number 5 and 18 were nearly depleted with a significant reduction in the birds utilizing the ponds. The iguanas were still everywhere while the monkeys were less abundant.
Played the blue tees at about 6,500 yards which was very enjoyable and manageable. Had the opportunity to hit a lot of rescue clubs and 3 woods off the tee for accuracy. Offline shots that missed the fairway or green took some wicked bounces because of the dry conditions. The course was in excellent condition and the staff did an excellent job keeping the tees, fairways, and greens healthy. The greens held well struck shots, putted true, and were in good condition. I thought the tees and fairways were also in good condition.
My favorite and most difficult holes on the front nine were the 423 yard par 4 2nd, the 452 yard par 4 3rd, and the 413 yard par 4 6th. My favorite holes on the back nine included the 423 yard par 4 10th, the 411 yard par 4 12th, and the 186 yard par 3 17th. The 17th still had water in the pond in front of the green. The 515 yard par 5 18th was the easiest for me all week as it played downwind and was easily reachable in 2. The pond on the entire length of the hole on the left and in front of the green was not a big threat this year as it had virtually no water.
Overall another great golfing experience visiting Reserva Conchal and would definitely visit again and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Costa Rica. The staff were all first class and the weather was again absolutely perfect from sunrise to sunset. Staff at the club said they are hoping to get some rain in May. They do need it.
Thanks again Costa Rica for your hospitality. Click here https://youtu.be/ZemCVptbWSQ to see some pictures taken on this trip to Reserva Conchal. Jim Brady
Date: April 02, 2015