Calling all golf aficionados: if playing on an island paradise surrounded by stunning beach views and rolling fairways is on your bucket list, then your next round should be in Puerto Rico. The island has a variety of courses, from luxury properties on the East Coast to a charming course in the southern town of Ponce.
North Coast Golf Courses
Jack Nicklaus himself said that the 4th hole at Dorado Beach East is one of the top 10 holes in the world. Home to three courses, Dorado Beach is a golfer’s dream come true. With jaw-dropping natural beauty surrounding each course (East, West, Sugarcane, and Pineapple), it may be difficult to focus on the game and make it through all 18 holes without stopping to snap a bunch of photos along the way.
East Coast Golf Courses
Several of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated courses have been designed by some impressive names. The course at Rio Mar Resort and Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort was designed by the legendary Greg Norman.
Nearby, at the Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club, you will find a course designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. This is the closest 18-hole course to San Juan and well worth the 45-minute drive. Regardless of how you play, the crystal clear ocean views will be your biggest prize.
Other golf courses to check out include the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, with its 36-hole course, which offers the challenges of playing through a stiff Atlantic breeze and groves of palm trees surrounding the course.
South Coast Golf Courses
The Costa Caribe course in Ponce has Puerto Rico’s one and only island green, featured as part of 27 holes of pure southern charm in a dryer climate. For different levels of elevation, try the course at El Conquistador in Fajardo. As a reward to yourself you can head to the spa afterwards. Simply put: it is legendary.
West Coast Golf Courses
Royal Isabela on Puerto Rico’s west coast offers incredible cliff views and more of links-style course, making it feel like you’re on a famed course in your own private corner of the UK (but with better weather).