San Jose Golf Courses
Costa Rica Country Club
Home to the oldest golf course in Costa Rica, the Country Club offers two members-only greens. These challenging courses have panoramic views of the mountains and are known for difficult roughs, short fairways, and deep sand traps. The Clubhouse is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Central America.
Year Opened: 1940
Architect: Charles Lawrence Donovan
Tee time: Tuesday-Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Holidays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marcas Azules y Blancas
Yardage: 6,031 yards
Marcas Rojas y Rosadas
Yardage: 5,161 yards
Los Reyes Country Club
Located 15 minutes west of San Jose in Santa Ana, Los Reyes is part of a residential community and offers a 9-hole course with a separate driving range and putting green. Though private, Los Reyes is open to non-members on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends. Caddies and a limited number of carts are available as are golf lessons.
Holes: 9, but may be played as 18
Par: 70 for men and 74 for women (when played as an 18-hole course)
Yardage: 2,917 yards for men and 2,721 yards for women
Course Rating: 69.1
Architect: Robertson Ward & Associates
Year Opened: 1976
Tee time: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cariari Country Club
Situated outside of San Jose in nearby Cariari, this was the first championship 18-hole golf course in Costa Rica. Once a coffee plantation, Cariari is currently known to be one of the best golf courses in Central America. The Cariari Country Club proudly hosted the Costa Rica Open in February 2006. This exclusive club lies in the heart of the Central Valley and is surrounded by picturesque coffee plantations. Its heavily wooded, tree-lined fairways demand a precise shot off the tee and accuracy is more important than distance. Large, rolling greens are well guarded by cleverly placed sand pits.
Course Rating: 72.7
Architect: George Fazio
Year Opened: 1974
Tee time: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Valle del Sol
Located in Santa Ana, Valle del Sol boasts a world-class 18-hole course, four tees at every hole, and some of the best technical conditions in the country. The beautiful greens were cleverly designed so that even during the rainiest months of the year (September and October), the course is playable. Luxuriant tropical gardens dot the foreground and frame the western horizon’s mountainous landscape. Audubon International designated Valle del Sol’s golf course a wildlife sanctuary.
Course Rating: 73.2
Architect: Tracy May
Year Opened: 1997 & 2001 (2nd nine holes)
Tee time: Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Sunday: from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: 2282-9222 x 3
Facilities: Driving range, pro-shop, golf instruction