Royal Isabela - Puerto Rico

Royal Isabela,
396 Ave Noel Estrada,
00662 Isabela,
Puerto Rico

  • +1 939 940 4150

  • Dean Vande Hei

  • Charlie and Stanley Pasarell with David Pfaff

  • Miguel Suarez

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Charlie Pasarell was well known to tennis fans as one of the best professional players in the world and he was particularly successful in men’s doubles competitions, participating in four Grand Slam Finals.

Charlie has long since ended his tennis career but now he, his brother Stanley, business partner Edwin Perez and architect David Pfaff – a former associate of Pete Dye – have created an 18-hole golf course in the northwest of Puerto Rico as part of a private residential development.

The course is situated within a 426-acre site that lies along the coast from the 19th century town of Isabela and it’s configured with two distinct 9-hole circuits. The front nine has been described as “equatorial parkland” in nature and it includes a rather unique hole that allows golfers to target two different greens.

Hole 6 is appropriately named “Fork in the Road” and golfers tee off to a landing area from where they then continue to play to the par four to the right or head left to the par five fairway that eventually leads to a three-tiered green in front of the clubhouse.

The outward half concludes with Charca del Diablo (“Devil’s Pond”), an intimidating short par three that plays to an island green.

On the back nine, the drama’s ramped up significantly from the par four 12th onwards as five of the remaining greensites – including the double green at 12 and 14 – are set along the edge of the jagged cliffs that run along the coastline.
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