When talking about incentives travel and high executives we have to talk about golf and courses. And we must say that Costa Rica and specially Guanacaste has turned to be one of the hottest golf destinations.
When talking about incentives travel and high executives we have to talk about golf and courses. And we must say that Costa Rica and specially Guanacaste has turned to be one of the hottest golf destinations. Names like Robert Trent Jones, Arnold Palmer and Mike Young are some of the designers and developers of the courses in the country.
Sustainability and Conservation:
Costa Rica golf is in tune with the country conservation and sustainability policies and players enjoy courses surrounded by rainforests with wildlife sightings. Designers and developers have determined a true protection of the environment, using for instance, grass that can be kept with salt water, farmlands turned into golf courses (Not to cut any of the existing rainforests) and several strategical practices to make this amazing sport sustainable.
Talking about the Golf Courses in Guanacaste:
These are the most renowned courses in the areas close to the Liberia Airport and in the main resorts used on incentive programs:
The golf course in the Westin Conchal is spread out and quite wide-open absolutely beautiful with stunning views of the ocean, green-blue mountains, thick forests and man-made obstacles.
The Robert Trent Jones II Playa Conchal golf course is 7,080 yards from the back tees with a par of 72. It is a quite stimulating course challenging players with different types of shots, and changing the layout to keep everyone from being bored. This together with amazing sea views from several areas.
The course also has a large club house, and club storage, a complete practice facility and driving range.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones II
The Four Seasons Golf Club
The Four Seasons Golf Club Costa Rica is set on the superb Papagayo Peninsula, where there is a permanent breeze coming from the Pacific Ocean.
Arnold Palmer signature golf course has wide, rolling fairways and large greens, providing challenge while permitting the participants the chance to play golf in tune with wildlife and the surrounding tropical nature.
14 of its 18 holes have dazzling and quite extensive views of the Pacific Ocean and it is set in a tremendously beautiful forest area. The course is embedded completely with Paspalum, a heat tolerant grass that can be irrigated with salt water.
The course has five sets of tees, that is, five different options in course length depending upon the golfer’s level of skill. The five total distances in yards are:
Black Tees 6788
*Twilight begins at noon and in addition to the green’s fee and range fee, includes rental clubs and shoes. Juniors are 15 years old or younger.
Langosta Beach - Home of the JW Marriott
Mike Young’s Hacienda Pinilla is spread over 4,500 acres along the Pacific Coast, offering a championship golf course and over three miles of beachfront.
Pinilla’s golf course is a 7,500-yard, par-72 masterpiece, with stunning rolling hills, open ranges and fresh water lakes. It is encircled by three miles of pristine shoreline, two charming creeks and a massive tropical dry forest filled with wildlife. The resort also provides a broad clubhouse, driving range, putting green and experienced pro instructors.
The course has a great balance between golf and nature and the participants golf experience will be a whole with Costa Rica’s famous bio-diversity. There was a determination to keep human impact on the land to a minimum. In fact, Hacienda Pinilla is certified by the Audubon Society for policies towards the environment.
Architect: Mike Young
Source: Premio DMC