Map of Nicaragua

Bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south – with the Pacific Ocean on its western flank and the Caribbean Sea to the east – Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America.

Independent since 1821, the nation is still recovering from the war in the 1980s between the ruling radical left wing Sandinistas and the US-backed Contras and it’s estimated that around half of its six million population live in poverty.

Tourism is a major Nicaraguan growth industry and its increasing economic importance is having a positive effect on the nation as a whole with ecotourism and agritourism increasing at a steady annual rate. Visitors find that locals love to talk about baseball, boxing and football but golf will hardly feature at all in their sporting vocabulary, which is a great pity.

Perhaps with the construction of more courses to satisfy the leisure needs of tourists (like the impressive Guacalito de la Isla, designed by David McLay KIdd) an increasing number of Nicaraguans will find the opportunity to participate in the world’s greatest game.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Nicaragua

Guacalito de la Isla

1st Nicaragua Ranking

The low-density private beach community at Guacalito de la Isla on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast sits next to the stunning white sands of Playa Manzanillo and the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.


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Hacienda Iquana

2nd Nicaragua Ranking

Hacienda Iquana Golf Club is challenging, well maintained and fun. The signature hole is the par five 5th where the tee is perched some 100 feet above the fairway and the Pacific Ocean glistens in the distance.


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3rd Nicaragua Ranking

Laid out on gently undulating terrain, the tree-lined fairways at Nejapa Golf & Country Club are, in the main, generously proportioned and they play to large, lightly bunkered greens.


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