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Wide variety of golf on offer in Puerto Rico
June 11, 2010

Vacationers and golf pros agree that Puerto Rico has some of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean and Latin America, offering a wide variety of golfing experiences. This golfer’s paradise is home to 23 golf courses, including 17 championship-level courses and more on the way. Courses are designed by the most famous names including -- Greg Norman, Gary Player, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom and George Fazio, Rees Jones and Arthur Hills. Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rico’s beloved professional golfer, has also influenced the design of several golf courses on the island and inaugurated his own El Legado Golf Course, during 2004.

In addition to challenging, world-class golf, Puerto Rico offers warm, magical experiences, plentiful tee-times in magnificent natural settings, luxurious golf amenities and exciting nightlife options when darkness falls.
As the Caribbean mecca for golfers, Puerto Rico has been the site of top professional and amateur tournaments. In recent years, Puerto Rico has hosted the LPGA tour, the Chrysler Senior PGA Matchplay Challenge, and the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships. In 2010 Puerto Rico will host its third annual Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande. This internationally recognized event is the first PGA Tour tournament in the Caribbean.

Courses at Major Hotels and Resorts

The Wyndham RaMa Beach Resort - A Wyndham Grand Resort, only 19 miles from San Juan, has two first-rate courses. The Greg Norman designed River Course is within easy walking distance of the famous Ocean Course designed by George Fazio. These two golf courses are located by the ocean and at the foot of El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System.

Located side-by-side in the ocean town of Dorado, northwest of San Juan, are four distinctive and challenging courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., considered among his best creations. Golfers will enjoy exquisite ocean views, challenging hills and water hazards in these 18-hole golf courses.

In close proximity, golf enthusiasts will find the Chi Chi Rodriguez-designed Dorado del Mar Golf Course, located at the beachfront Embassy Suites Dorado hotel. The signature 10th hole, runs along ocean side cliffs on this 6940-yard golf course.

The Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort and Country Club had Arthur Hills redesign its scenic, 6,662-yard course. The course’s 200-foot changes in elevation provide breathtaking vistas to elevate your game. El Conquistador is a spectacular luxury resort in Fajardo, 31 miles from San Juan, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and El Yunque Rainforest.

Gary Player designed the 6,675-yard, par-71 Palm course at Palmas Del Mar, in Humacao, on the Caribbean side of Puerto Rico, and Rees Jones designed the new 18-hole Flamboyant course that opened in 1998. Jones was named "Golf Course Architect"W of the year in 1995 by Golf Digest and redesigned the Congressional Golf Club in Washington, D.C. for the 1997 U.S. Open. These golf courses are located in a resort destination expected to reopen in March 2005, providing amenities that include a wide variety of accommodations, entertainment and a private beach.

Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, at the Ponce Hilton & Casino, is the first golf course in Puerto Rico with an island green. This Bruce A. Besse, Jr. design features a spectacular par-74, 7266-yard, 27-hole championship course with three nine-hole championship layouts. The spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea (two holes literally hug the waterfront) and the central mountains provide a breathtaking setting. The clubhouse opened in July 2004 and offers golfers top-notch amenities.

The Gran Meliuerto Rico has a partnership with the Trump International Golf Club. Located in Rio Grande, on the eastern part of Puerto Rico, the course is located on 1,200 waterfront acres and features the largest clubhouse in the Caribbean, with meeting facilities, a restaurant and lounge. With its 36 holes divided in the International Course and the Championship Course, the facility has been the host golf course of the PGA Puerto Rico Open since 2008. Its spectacular setting provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the El Yunque Rain Forest.

Hotels manage their own golf courses and offer special golf packages throughout the year.

Private and Public Courses

Puerto Rico also has a number of private and public golf courses.

The 18 hole golf course at Baha Beach Resort and Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, as part of the elegant and exclusive seaside community. The course was designed on what was originally a palm tree forest and many consider it one of the most beautiful and challenging couses they’ve ever played in.

Berwind Country Club in RioGrande, also not far from San Juan, is a private club with three of the toughest finishing holes on the island. It is open to the public five days a week.

Throughout the island, Puerto Rico offers golfers a number of hidden jewels. In the south, outside the city of Salinas, the Aguirre Golf Course is nestled in an old sugar plantation. A popular nine-hole course, it is a favorite of many golfers and known as a challenging round, even for expert players.

Club Deportivo del Oeste course is located on hilly terrain along Puerto Rico’s west coast in Mayagez. This 18-hole golf course has an extremely challenging first hole, and golfers find themselves in a downhill or uphill lie almost all the time.

For an inspiring ocean view, there is the 18-hole Punta Borinquen Golf Club located near the western town of Aguadilla. Noted for its long, windy fairways, it is considered by many to be one of the finest seaside courses in Puerto Rico.

U.S. Military personnel have access to the nine-hole Ft. Buchanan Golf Club located on the military base in the heart of San Juan. Civilians can play the course, when accompanied by a representative from the military.

Tee off in Puerto Rico usually begins at 7:00a.m. with an approximate 12 hours of daylight, it is perfect for 54 holes of golf. Green fees (with cart) can start as low as $20. Attached is a list of Puerto Rico’s golf courses and their phone numbers.

Whether a duffer or an avid golfer, Puerto Rico offers a varied mix of courses that make golfing a memorable and exciting experience. And when the game ends for the day, there is a wide variety of activities to explore - beaches, water sports, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, 500 years of art and architecture, shopping, casinos, nightclubs and the finest restaurants in the Caribbean.

The 18-hole, 7213-yard El Legado Golf Resort in Guayama, located in the south of the island, opened in August 2004. The course, personally designed and managed by the legendary Chi Chi Rodríguez, features several lakes, a waterfall and putting greens shaped like the map of Puerto Rico.

For additional information on golf in Puerto Rico, call (800) 866-7827 or visit www.GoToPuertoRico.com. You can also visit the official site of the Puerto Rico Golf Association at www.prga.org.

For Americans tourists, travel between Puerto Rico and the United States, No Passport Is Required. As a further convenience, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company offers an online reservation system for a variety of accommodations including Paradores. For additional information about Puerto Rico, call (800) 866-7827 or visit www.GoToPuertoRico.com.








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