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Your choices for a vacation home on a golf course in Costa Rica

A key draw for Costa Rica property is the kind of lifestyle that comes with it.  And golf enthusiasts know what they want: quick access to good quality golf courses.

Guanacaste has 7 golf courses linked to master planned communities – 4 of which are completed.  Perhaps the most famous is the Arnold Palmer course at the Four Seasons Resort on Peninsula Papagayo.  Other well-known courses are the Mike Young course at Hacienda Pinilla just south of Tamarindo, the Reserva Conchal Golf Club course designed by Robert Trent Jones II and the public course at Papagayo Golf and Country Club.

The planned courses in Guanacaste include a second course at the Four Season Resort, this time designed by Jack Nicklaus, a Greg Norman course at Hyatt Azulera Resort Village and the planned Guanacaste Country Club golf offering.  Once these additional courses are completed, this area around the international airport in Liberia will read like a who-who of famous golfing names.

Our list of golfing spots would not be complete without mentioning the La Ignana golf course at Los Suenos Resort in Herradura designed by Ted Robinson Jr.  An established course set with in a master plan offering all the facilities you would expect from a full service resort destination including a marina.  Golf condos, golf lots, golf houses, you name it, are available.

Two courses stand out near the capital city of San Jose – Valle del Sol re-designed by Tracy May and the Fazio course at Cariari Country Club.  These don’t fit the mold of the destination resorts in Gunacaste and Herradura but you can purchase real estate close by.  Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is home to two 9 hole golf courses, one at the Los Delfines Country Club and the other at Punta Islita Hotel.

And it seems that the southern zone of Costa Rica – that stretches from Quepos to the border with Panama – may finally have a golf course.  A Dan Lavis course is planned at the San Buenas master planned community.  We’re pleased to see that the growing environmental consciousness among buyers is being met here by green principles in golf course construction and management.  Good news for golf players and Central America real estate investors alike.