I moved to Puerto Rico in 1989 from Hoboken New Jersey. One of the first things that caught my eye was the island’s beauty. For as long as I could remember, I have made it my mission to seek out the wonders of Puerto Rico and promote them to whoever would listen.
I recently started taking up golf and I realized that Puerto Rico’s golf courses have a beauty all to themselves. With nearly 30 courses on the island and a golfing season of 365 days, Puerto Rico is becoming a golfer’s paradise.
Here are my picks for the top 5 Golf Courses in Puerto Rico.
#5. El Conquistador Resort Golf Club
Locate on the Eastern coast of Puerto Rico in the town of Fajardo, is the El Conquistador Resort Golf Club. It’s part of the Waldorf Astoria chain of resorts and it’s the first golf course I have ever visited.
The 1st hole was so intimidating that I was never going to play the game again.
El Conquistador was designed by Arthur Hill. It features 18 holes and a par of 72. What really makes this golf course stand out, is its elevation changes of more than 200 vertical feet.
The views are spectacular. When you are not playing by the side of the ocean, you are teeing off with a nice view of EL Yunque. The only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system.
#4 Rio Mar
Located in the town of Rio Grande, the Wyndham Rio Mar Golf Course hosts 2 fantastic courses. The Ocean course which was designed by Tom and George Fazio is both gorgeous and challenging. there are seaside vistas at every tee. the 16th hole is considered the best in the Caribbean.
The River Course was designed by PGA legend George Norman. It was designed by the Mameyes Rivers and it also has spectacular views of Puerto Rico’s mountains.
#3 Coco Beach
The Coco Beach Golf Club is actually 2 golf coures that are nestled between the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan and the Yunque Rainforest. Coco Beach Golf courses are part of a 745-acre peninsula in the town of Rio Grande.
It was formerly known as the Trump International but it recently changed back to its original name. It currently hosts The Puerto Rican Open, an official PGA Tour Event. The 2 unique 18 hole courses where
The 2 unique 18 hole courses were designed by Tom Kite. Each nine caters to golfers of all skill levels with 4 different tee boxes 5,300 to 7,587 yards.
The course features paspalum grass, white silica sand bunkers, and very challenging water hazards.
# 2 TPC Dorado Beach
TPC Dorado Beach is on the north coast of the island, located in the Town of Dorado. Dorado Beach has 4 courses on the property. The East Championship Course, the diverse Sugarcane Course, the friendly Pineapple Course and my personal favorite, the scenic West Course.
The courses were designed by Robert Trent Sr. It became part of the TPC Network in spring of 2015. It is also the home of the PGA Tour Latin America Tour Championship.
#1 Royal Isabela
Called by many, ” The Pebble Beach of the Caribbean”, Royal Isabela is found on the western side of Puerto Rico in the municipality of Isabela. Located on the rocky cliffs above the ocean on Puerto Rico’s north shore near the west end of the island, Royal Isabela enjoys one of the most inspiring properties in the Caribbean islands.
This private course was designed by David Pfaff in 2009. Don’t let course’s beauty distract you from your game. You need to bring your A-game from start to finish.
Theses are my top 5 picks for the best Golf Courses in Puerto Rico. Have you visited any of these courses? Did we miss any of your favorite courses? Leave your comments below. We would live to hear from you.