With Costa Rica’s varied landscapes, temperate climate and naturally verdant foliage, it is no wonder that golfing has gained such massive prestige. Various nine-hole greens are smattered about the Central Valley and San Jose area, but the best are the 18-hole championship golf courses designed by players like Robert Trent Jones II, Mike Young, Arnold Palmer, Ron Garl, Tracy May and George Fazio. With courses designed by such big name celebrities, you really can’t go wrong when choosing a golf destination here.

Living it Up at La Iguana

One of the most notable and challenging golfing hotspots in the country is La Iguana course near Playa Herradura in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. Strolling along this 6,700-yard, par 72 course you’ll find opportunities to share the tropical environment with monkeys, coatis and over 159 types of birds. Created by Ted Robinson and situated alongside a luxurious five-star hotel, La Iguana is one of the top greens in Costa Rica.

Teeing off near Tamarindo

Hacienda Pinilla Golf and Country Club was designed by golf legend Mike Young. This 18-hole, 7,274-yard golf course is located just minutes away from the surfing Mecca known as Playa Avellanas; it is also close in proximity to the highly developed town of Tamarindo. These spacious greens are particularly exciting due to their strong and highly variable winds.

Golf in Guanacaste

The long, dark sand beach of Brasilito is home to much more than just a spectacular coastline; here you can also find the stunning Garra de Leon Golf Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this gorgeous green is considered one of the top 100 in the world. Its vast, beautiful fairways never seem crowded – just keep in mind you’ll be sharing it with the occasional troupe of howler monkeys, an abundant population of iguanas and countless species of birds.