Playa Conchal, Cabo Velas, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste
A world-class golf experience awaits golfers at the Robert Trent Jones II designed Reserva Conchal Golf Club. The par-71, 6,956 yard (tips) Championship course is bordered by spectacular nature - the blue Pacific Ocean and the lush forests of the Costa Rican foothills. Since 1996, the course has provided golf aficionados with an extraordinary eco-golf experience and was the first in Costa Rica to be recognized by Audubon International for its environmental focus. Each nine meanders through rolling coastal terrain, offering stunning ocean views at every shot and unique tee-to-green elevations. Players of all skill levels will find plenty of challenge playing along the natural lakes and ravines that accentuate the layout, placing a premium on well though-out tee shots and accurate approach shots into large, undulating pristine greens.
The par-4 opening hole features a fairway devoid of hazards, tempting long hitters to flirt with the ravine fronting a shallow green. The typical play is a long iron tee shot, followed by solid wedge or nine iron to green. On the 542-yard seventh, tee shots must carry a cluster of trees on the left side of the fairway to offer any change of reaching the generous green in two. Careful players can bail out to the right off the tee, but 13 bunkers will come into play. The round will conclude with three fabulous finishing holes. The par-5, 554-yard 16th, features a downhill tee shot and a panoramic Pacific Ocean view. Number 17, a 212-yard (tips) downhill par-3 plays out of a chute of native jungle canopy to a three-tiered green fronted by water. And to finish a wonderful golf round, the 547-yard, par-5 18th is a wonderful risk-reward hole that plays along water down the left-side. The smart play is solid drive and a mid iron layup to the right-side of the fairway for a short iron to the elevated green. A good drive that lands close to the water offers a chance to hit a heroic second shot to a green that will be receptive to a low draw.