There are many things to do in Atenas, Costa Rica. Enjoying a round of nine or 18 holes of golf is one of them.
Whether you are planning to live in Atenas, Costa Rica, are just visiting Atenas in one of the many vacation homes, or have already moved to Costa Rica, you can find five excellent golfing opportunities within an hour’s drive of Atenas.
The Central Valley Golf Association (CVGA) has more than 150 members, and is open to all residents and visitors. They hold regular tournaments and a big Year-End Texas Scramble and Fiestain December. Many top players from Costa Rica, and outside the country, come to this event.
Golf courses near Atenas, Costa Rica
Los Reyes Country Club Golf Course is located in the gated community of Hacienda Los Reyes by La Guacima, only a 20-minute drive on Highway 27 from Atenas. Designed by Robertson Ward & Associates, the par 70 course has nine holes for a length of 2,917 yards. There is a separate driving range and putting green.
Valle del Sol Golf Course, designed by famous golf architect Tracy May, is located in Santa Ana only a 30-minute drive from Atenas via Highway 27. The 18-hole championship golf course is set in the exclusive residential community of Parque Valle del Sol, and is certified as a wildlife sanctuary by Audubon International. The par 72 course offers spacious fairways surrounded by lakes and trees. The greens are smooth and fast, and each hole offers an average of four to five tee positions for various levels of play. Valle del Sol has the largest Golf Academy in the country.
Cariari Country Club Golf Course is located off the Pan-American Highway, five kilometers from the Juan Santamaria International Airport on the way to San Jose (about 40 minutes from Atenas). Once a coffee plantation, the Cariari Golf Course was designed by golf architect George Fazio and built by his nephew, Tom Fazio. Measuring 6,577 yards from the championship tees, this beautiful par 71 course is heavily wooded, with narrow fairways and a few fairway bunkers. The greens (Bermuda grass) tend to be on the large side with sand traps around them.
Costa Rica Country Club in Escazú was the first golf course built in Costa Rica. It also is a nine-hole course; drive time from Atenas is about 40 minutes.
La Iguana Golf Course at Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, in Playa Herradura is 50 minutes from Atenas. The spectacular 18-hole championship course was designed by Ted Robinson Sr. The 6,700-yard par 72 course, dramatically tucked between rainforest and beach, makes you think and play shots carefully. The front nine holes follow the rainforest along a narrow river valley before bringing you out by the beach and resort luxury condos. Look for monkeys, iguanas and brilliant Scarlet Macaws while you play.
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