For the past several months, Arnold Palmer Design Company has been at Peninsula Papagayo leading the redesign and reshaping of our golf course, guiding us through the first phase of a major two-year renovation. With Palmer’s design work on the back nine nearing completion, and turf grow-in already well advanced, we are excited to share this general update and hole-by-hole narrative from Thad Layton, Senior Golf Course Architect, as we look forward to reopening and play in November.
Previous tee boxes on the tenth hole were narrow and cramped from regimented mowing patterns and overgrown vegetation, while the fairway bunker was largely hidden from view. In the revised edition, you’ll appreciate an expanded view of the hole and a fairway bunker reshaped for maximum visibility. Further down, vegetation was cleared from the ravine to reveal the green. Greenside bunkers were reworked to add variety and a bailout area on the right, while new pin locations were gained with green expansion to the right rear.
Native grasses were added to lend more texture and color while reducing irrigation demand. The front left bunker was lifted approximately 3’ for more manageable entry and exit while the rear bunker was reduced in size and brought closer to the green to guard back pin locations.
Right off the bat you’ll notice the classic S-shape built into this long uphill par 5. By combining the trio of fairway bunkers on the right into a larger bunker and adding a new grouping of bunkers short of the second landing area, vitality and interest has been added. Several new edge pin locations were recaptured on the green and the front right bunker was eliminated to prevent a blind penalty area. The remaining greenside bunkers were rebuilt in the new style and nudged closer to the green.