View of Humacao beach.

Golf Destinations: Palmas Athletic Club Inspires

Two acclaimed courses in Humacao highlight reasons to explore the island.

Featuring two outstanding 18-hole designs, Palmas Athletic Club exemplifies Puerto Rico's rich array of golf courses. Both the Flamboyán Course, one of the most prestigious golf courses in Puerto Rico, and the Palm Course, a pleasurable, player-friendly layout, provide a thrilling and satisfying golf experience. Enhanced by breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, they're just one slice of the rich experiences awaiting you at this tropical oasis.

Visually sensual, Palmas Athletic Club is a stress-free, 40-minute drive from San Juan. It's easy to reach if you prefer staying in the island's capital, or you can overnight in Palmas del Mar at one of the destination's refined and safe lodging options in the exclusive beach community.

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The Golf

Palmas Athletic Club

Country Club Drive #1, Humacao

Tel. 787-656-3000

Flamboyán was designed by Rees Jones and named for the beautiful red or yellow blooming tree found throughout Puerto Rico. Natural beauty flourishes throughout the landscape and is one of the island's greatest golf gifts. Regarded as one of Puerto Rico's most stimulating courses, its wide fairways, strategic bunkers, and fascinating greens define the 18-hole layout.

Accented by stunning views, Flamboyán includes elevation changes that couple with the Caribbean breezes to make the course play differently with each round. Considered the more challenging of Palmas Athletic Club's two championship courses, Flamboyán is a long hitter's delight given its considerable length from the rear tees. But with multiple tees to choose from, it caters to every player's preference and skill level.

Gary Player designed the Palm Course, where two very diverse yet complementary nines entice golfers. The original course at Palmas Athletic Club, the Palm, includes water coming into play on several holes, requiring golfers to be aware of their location and plan accordingly. Surrounded by swaying coconut trees, Palmas has two practice greens, a double-ended driving range, and a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse complex, including a pro shop, restaurant, and more.

The Club and Community

Palmas del Mar is more than just a place for golf recreation and entertainment; it is an amenity-rich destination reflecting the values that characterize the leisurely Palmas del Mar way of life. It's a 2,500-acre gated resort-residential community with more than six miles of Caribbean Sea frontage.

Palmas Athletic Club is as welcoming to guests as it is fulfilling to members. Guests have 14 restaurants and eateries from which to choose. You can ride horses, ride golf carts throughout the vast property – the standard mode of transport here – or frolic at the beach where water sports rentals and other activities are available. Or, you can sit quietly and be caressed by the ocean breezes and let the soothing atmosphere relax you.

Humacao

Humacao is a municipality located in the southeast coast of Puerto Rico bordered by the towns of Naguabo to the north, Yabucoa to the south, and Las Piedras to the west. The Atlantic Ocean borders the city in the east. Humacao is in the island's Eastern Coastal Plains, with most of its territory being flat. There are minor elevations to the southwest, like Candelero Hill, and northwest, like Mabú. Humacao's region covers 45 square miles. Two islands belong to Humacao: Cayo Santiago and Cayo Batata.