The 2nd annual member-guest charity golf tournament will be held January 23-24th with 100% of entry fees to benefit nearby Guardia High School.
By Niki Jensen | December 14, 2019
Creciendo Juntos

GUANACASTE – Latin America’s premier residential and resort destination, Peninsula Papagayo, today announces its exclusive, second annual Invitational Member-Guest Charity Golf Tournament featuring the community’s global ambassador, four-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els. Taking place on January 23 and 24, 2020 at Peninsula Papagayo’s Ocean Course, an Arnold Palmer Signature design, this marquee event will offer 18-holes of world class golf, exceptional dining experiences and signature activities. A limited field of 20 foursomes will enjoy an elaborate awards gala dinner reception, a sunset cocktail event with an exciting “beat the pro” contest, an exclusive Ernie Els-hosted clinic with Q&A, and more. Newly introduced this year, the one-hour, private golf clinic will allow guests rare direct access to Ernie Els for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perfect their game with the world hall of famer. Open to owners and guests of Peninsula Papagayo, the second annual invitational member-guest tournament promises to be one of the year’s ultimate experiences

The Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo is one of the ultimate eco-golf experiences in the Americas.

Ernie Els

Entry fees will be in the form of donations with 100 percent of funds raised going towards local Guanacaste nonprofit, Creciendo Juntos, in support of exciting new projects aimed at improving the quality of education and increasing student graduation rates at nearby Guardia High School.

“I am excited to be returning again for Peninsula Papagayo’s inaugural member-guest to support the wonderful initiative benefitting local schools,” said Ernie Els. “This year’s clinic will be a fun event that I hope all guests will enjoy. I’m honored to be a global brand ambassador for Peninsula Papagayo and look forward to continuing to celebrate such a beautiful and special place.”

Donations from Peninsula Papagayo’s inaugural Invitational Member-Guest Charity Golf Tournament generated $55,000 for two priority projects at Guardia High School: a new water system to address health conditions, and network infrastructure to facilitate improvements in productivity. Both projects were completed this past summer.

“Thanks to donations from the inaugural event last year, the lives of hundreds of kids and their families living in the Guanacaste region are forever changed for the better,” said Elsa Bonilla of Creciendo Juntos. “We are thrilled to continue this important partnership with Peninsula Papagayo.”

Calendar of Events:

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:30am-9:30am Practice Rounds at Peninsula Papagayo Ocean Course
3:00pm-4:00pm Clinic with Ernie Els
6:00pm-8:00pm Sunset Cocktail Reception at Nemare, Four Season Resort Costa Rica

Friday, January 24, 2020
7:00am-8:00am Breakfast at Prieta Beach Club
8:30am Shotgun Start
7:00pm-11:00pm Awards Gala Dinner at Prieta Beach Club

The $750 per player entry fee is by way of a donation to Creciendo Juntos in support of local schools. Entry fees include all green and cart fees, cocktail receptions on both Thursday and Friday evenings, breakfast on Friday, the prize presentation and gala dinner on Friday evening.

Voted “Best 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest, the Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo offers the ultimate eco-golf experience winding through lush forests, valleys and sea cliffs with ocean views from 14 of the 18 holes and glimpses of white-faced monkeys in the trees overhead. Against this serene backdrop, Peninsula Papagayo’s second annual Invitational Member-Guest Charity Golf Tournament will host 20 foursomes including any combination of men, women and junior golfers. The event is open to members of the Peninsula Papagayo Resort Community Master Association and invited guests.

For reservations, email invitational@peninsulapapagayo.com.

View highlights from last years event

Situated on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast in the province of Guanacaste, the private 1,400-acre Peninsula Papagayo is Latin America’s ultimate coastal retreat offering an unparalleled closeness to nature and a lifetime of adventure for the entire family in one of the most peaceful and bio-diverse countries in the world. The community includes Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Prieta Beach Club, Marina Papagayo and an exclusive collection of oceanfront homes and villas. Peninsula Papagayo is located 30 minutes from Liberia International Airport, which offers more than 100 weekly flights seasonally from major cities in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and across Central America. For more information visit the website: https://peninsulapapagayo.com.

The Els Group encompasses a portfolio of class-leading companies and brands that are unique in the business. It includes Ernie Els Design, a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, and also The Els Club Collection, Els Performance Golf Academy, Els Club Estates, Els Iced Coffee, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, along with an award-winning wine portfolio created by Ernie Els Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with a string of prestigious accolades. In 2015 Els was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ at the World Golf Awards, while many of Ernie’s signature courses have won prestigious industry awards including ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ for The Els Club Teluk Datai in 2014. In 2016, it also became the first layout in the Ernie Els Design portfolio to be listed in Golf Digest’s ‘World Top-100’. In addition, five courses in the company’s portfolio have hosted tour events: Albany in the Bahamas (PGA TOUR Hero World Challenge from 2015-17); The Els Club Dubai (Dubai Open Golf Championship), The Els Club Copperleaf (Tshwane Open), Anahita Four Seasons Golf Resort (Mauritius Golf Masters and 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the first ever tri-sanctioned tournament by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours) and Wentworth West Course (BMW PGA Championship). For more information on The Els Group visit www.ernieels.com.