Central / South America

Panama is better than Par for the Course

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You may or may not know that in Panama golf has been played for decades. And if you are looking for new places to play the links, consider this …

When people hear about Panama, the Canal is the first thing they think of, but few know that Panama is quickly becoming a first class golfing destination. This small country has more golf courses per person than any country in the region – and more on the way.

Panama is geographically will located. It is, after, all, in CENTRAL America! The country is just 3-5 hours by plane from the United States and Canada; there are non-stop daily flights from Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, New York and Toronto.

Golf in Panama offers you the opportunity to enjoy the best championship golf courses in Central America. There are numerous golf courses, some of them designed by world known architects such as Jack Nicklaus.

Once a year various national and international tournaments have taken place including the Panama Conquest, which is part of the Nationwide Tour.

The weather is warm year round. Panama has been blessed by nature with a climate that enjoys warm weather year around.

Whether you are looking golf courses that are easily accessible from Panama’s lively metropolis, or in the costal regions of Panama’s vast and beautiful Riviera, or in the cool volcanic highlands where coffee plantations and one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful bird, the Quetzal, abounds – the course environs in Panama is hard to beat.

As well, Panama offers visitors a variety of attractions for the golfer and non golfer: Gorgeous islands and exotic beaches; the Pacific and Atlantic oceans; one of the richest and most complex ecosystems on the planet with accessible rainforests; seven living Indian cultures; a first world cosmopolitan capital city; lots of nightlife and plenty of adrenaline rushes for the adventurers at heart.

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Here is a brief description of just some of the golf couses you may wish to play …

Santa María Golf and Country Club Located alongside the prestigious Costa del Este neighborhood of Panama City, this 18 hole Nicklaus designed golf course is a great in-the-city choice.

Radisson Summit Golf Club and Resort Panama’s premiere golf course, recently rejuvenated and enlarged, is an 18 hole, Par 72 course designed by Jeffrey Meyers. Right next to the Panama Canal, it is surrounded by Panama’s tropical rainforest with panoramic views.

Coronado Golf and Beach Resort Created by famous designers Tom and George Fazio, this is an 18 hole, Par 72 course, located in a beautiful beach resort with a private beach, fine dining, pools, jacuzzis, sauna, 4 professional tennis courts, 4 restaurants, beach club, equestrian club, full service gym and more.

Mantaraya Golf Club by Royal Decameron Next to one of Panama’s best beaches, this 18 hole, Par 72 course was designed by Randall Thompsen.

Bristol Buenaventura Resort This 18 hole, Par 72 golf course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2011. Carefully planned to enhance the natural landscape, the course provides a challenging and enjoyable experience for players. Its signature hole cuts into the Pacific Coastline with stunning views of Buenaventura’s white sand beach.

Valle Escondido’s Quebrada Grande Golf Course

The Quebrada Grande (Big Creek) nine hole executive golf course plays through Valle Escondido, crossing a beautiful river four times. This is one of the only courses in the world that plays through a working coffee plantation. The spring weather keeps it cool, fresh and green year round.

So, tee it up in Panama. You are in for a treat.

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