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GOLF COURSE

A Palmer Signature:
Wilderness Refined

THE FINEST GOLF COURSE
IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Considered an eco-golf masterpiece, the Palmer Signature Course overlooking the Pacific Ocean grants member-only priority tee times along with special programming and events. Please ask your concierge for more information about hours of operation, fees and reservations.

Top 100 Courses Outside the United States

Golf Digest
1 / CHAMPIONSHIP LAYOUT

FAIRWAYS FIT FOR A KING

Tame Nacascolo Forest on the 18-hole, par-72 championship course—The King’s premier venture in Latin America. Hugging diverse terrain borne of an ancient lava flow, this 6,788-yard masterpiece winds its way through 125 acres of old-growth forest, valleys and seacliffs. Dramatic elevation changes and a variegated landscape stir the senses while wide fairways and large greens provide a fair and challenging test of your golf finesse.

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2 / PLAYING EXPERIENCE

SPLENDOR ON THE GREENS

Begin atop one of the peninsula’s highest plateaus, overlooking Bahía Culebra. Stunning Pacific Ocean views await you at 14 of the 18 holes, and water hazards come into play on several holes—most notably the 5th, 13th and 18th. The signature hole, number 6, El Bajo, features a dramatic 446-yard par-4 with a tee shot that plays 200 feet downhill to a receptive valley-shaped fairway. The green is perched out on a cliff with the ocean behind it, and your round culminates on the scenic 18th green, with views of the crystalline ocean and bay.

3 / AUDUBON SANCTUARY

ECO-GOLF IN EDEN

The Palmer Signature Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Endorsed by the United States Golf Association, this program provides information and excellence to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect national resources. The course has labeled important trees, turning the cart path into a veritable botanical garden. On each hole, you’ll have the chance to see a diversity of colorful plant, tree, bird and animal species, including congo (howler) and capuchin (white-faced) monkeys.

4 / AMENITIES

WORLD-CLASS PROGRAMS ON PAR

Amenities include an extensive practice facility with multiple short-game areas. Two complimentary clinics are offered each week, and professional private instruction is available seven days a week. New family-friendly events, including rousing golf tournaments with locals, make golf fun for everyone.

“We were honored to have been chosen to design the first golf course at Peninsula Papagayo. We were given an excellent piece of property, a lush tropical landscape, exciting elevation changes and 360-degree ocean views on many holes. The course is not only beautiful but a fair test of golf.”

– ARNOLD PALMER
5 / Virtual tour

HOLE #1

Las Huacas

PAR 5 / 527 yards

A sharp dogleg allows players to shorten the hole by hitting tee shots over the bunkers at the corners. Otherwise, a wide fairway all the way to the green sets the stage for a safe, three-shot par-5 to start the round.

HOLE #2

Tiburón

PAR 3 / 163 yards

This short, downhill par-3 features a rock-lined stream in front of the green and a beautiful cove behind it. A receptive approach is to roll the ball onto the right side of the green. However, with the pin tucked left, this will leave a long two-putt.

HOLE #3

Buena Vista

PAR 4 / 357 yards

As players tee off from a cliff with spectacular 360-degree ocean views, one must successfully negotiate “Palmer’s Tree” by hitting over or around it. A true risk/reward hole, with a sharp dogleg fairway featuring deep bunkering on the inside.

HOLE #4

Guanacaste

5 / 526 yards

This strong par-5 requires an accurate tee shot threaded between bunkers on both sides. From there, it’s all uphill along a wide fairway to a smallish green. An aggressive tee shot over the left bunkers significantly shortens the hole.

HOLE #5

La Poza

PAR 3 / 192 yards

The second par-3 on the front nine is tough love, requiring a long tee shot to a green guarded by a large pond on the right and a generous bail-out fairway area on the left. With nothing but ocean as a backdrop, it’s a beautiful but potentially touchy hole.

HOLE #6

El Bajo

PAR 4 / 438 yards

On this iconic par-4, the tee shot plays downhill to a valley-shaped fairway 200 feet below. The bunkerless green is perched out on a cliff with the ocean behind. Struck well, the ball will fly and roll quite a distance.

HOLE #7

Culebra

PAR 3 / 125 yards

Playing 50 feet downhill, this short par-3 requires a delicate tee shot to a smallish green surrounded by bunkers that have been carefully positioned to collect errant shots.

HOLE #8

Cariblanco

PAR 4 / 376 yards

A drivable par-4 with deep penal bunkers guarding the front of the green. A tee shot over the left fairway bunkers set up an easy approach angle. The green, like many on the course, has separate pin areas that reward good iron play.

HOLE #9

Pizote

PAR 5 / 514 yards

After the wide open tee shots on 1,3,6, and 8, this narrow fairway plays through the lush Nacascolo Forest. This possible two-shot par-5 features a rock-lined stream protecting the front of the most severely contoured green on the course.

HOLE #10

Herradura

PAR 4 / 421 yards

The second hardest hole on the back nine, this sharp dogleg left plays around a deep, natural ravine. A tee shot struck down the left will shorten the distance needed for the second shot into a multi-tiered green. Deep bunkers guard the right of the green, with a generous safe bailout on the left.

HOLE #11

Zaino

PAR 3 / 173 yards

This uphill par-3 plays into a predominant wind, with a large green that makes for a good target. The putting surface has excellent tournament pin placements, its left protected by a pot bunker, its right featuring a false front feeding weak shots down to the bottom of the slope. The middle of the green is the smart play.

HOLE #12

Pochote

PAR 5 / 581 yards

On the longest par-5 on the course, the tee shot plays downhill and downwind, contrasted by an uphill second shot that must be hit far enough to have a clear view of the green. Surrounded by bunkers, the green offers ample room to lift and roll the ball onto the putting surface.

HOLE #13

Buena Suerte

PAR 4 / 452 yards

On this long par-4 and number one handicap hole, tee shots play over a large pond to a blind, sloping fairway, allowing the roll of the ball to shorten the distance. The green is bunkered on the right to catch errant shots the would otherwise go out of play. Left and long is the safe play.

HOLE #14

Coyote

PAR 4 / 376 yards

Leaving the windswept plateau of 10, 11, 12, the next two holes play just above sea level among lush, natural vegetation. Tee shots on this medium-length par-4 play over a rock-lined stream to a tree-lined fairway. The elevated, yet relatively flat, green is guarded on the front by the deepest bunker on the course.

HOLE #15

Matapalo

PAR 4 / 333 yards

An enjoyable, short par-4. Teeing off with a long iron will keep players short of the fairway bunkers, while a well struck 3-wood should carry them, setting up a short wedge over the creek to the two-tiered green.

HOLE #16

El Mono

PAR 4 / 295 yards

A long iron or 3-wood off the tee will leave players on the ideal spot, but a driver here can land one safely on the green. A severe ridge divides the narrow green in half, making 3-putting a distinct possibility if you happen to be the wrong side.

HOLE #17

Pacifico

PAR 3 / 154 yards

This short par-3 plays over a deep ravine to a large green, which is surrounded by bunkers designed to catch wayward shots. A very picturesque golf hole, players will be treated to spectacular views of the ocean from both the tee and green.

HOLE #18

Pura Vida

PAR 5 / 519 yards

A great finishing hole—this short, downhill par-5 from the top of a plateau looks down on a wide open fairway to a green and pond with bunkers behind. The safe play is a long iron just short of the fairway bunkers, setting up a short chip to the green while taking the pond out of play.

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6 / GOLF CLUBHOUSE

A POST-GAME ICON, ELEVATED

Game day begins and ends with bay views within architect Ronald Zürcher’s soaring ode to a conch shell. A full-scale remodel in 2018 will transform this architectural icon into a quintessentially private club experience where residential style meets resort sophistication.

Featuring a revitalized restaurant and bar, a private members-only lounge, pro shop, and men and women’s locker areas. Curated dining experiences and social events are sure to make the Golf Clubhouse a magnet for members and a good time for all.

Just outside, the Tennis Center offers four clay tennis courts, one regulation grass court, a large stadium court and new pickle ball court.

7 / PRO SHOP

A CURATED COLLECTION

The Pro Shop is open daily from 6:30am to 6:00pm, offering high-end men’s and women’s golf and tennis apparel, hats and gear. Special occasion gifts, merchandise, lessons and playing certificates are also available.

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Andaz Papagayo

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Future Marina Village

Casual seaside shops, restaurants and future seaside flats create a true community vibe

Marina Papagayo

Gateway to the Pacific, a luxury marina offering 180 state-of-the-art slips and premier dockside services

Golf Clubhouse & Tennis Center

Newly transformed with luxury resort shops, restaurants and family-friendly experiences

Prieta Beach Club & Spa

The ultimate members’ hideaway with a new Owner’s Club Lounge, spa and dining/bar venues

Palmer Signature Course

Eco-golf at its finest, now offering a more private experience for members and hotel guests

Macaw Sanctuary

A refuge for all seasons, protecting one of the last wild populations of scarlet macaws—open by appointment only

Nature Center

Basecamp for exploration, granting access to 1,400 acres of natural beauty and diversity

Exclusive Resorts

One of 11 spectacular dining venues, featuring locally sourced international cuisine


New oceanview private villas and estate homes create the ultimate coastal escape

Andaz Beach House

Locally inspired food and drink on one of Travel + Leisure’s most beautiful beaches

Interact with the Master Plan for a tour of current and future developments.