Golfers covet destinations where wonderful weather and an array of lodging, restaurant, and after-golf activities beckon. Puerto Rico checks those boxes and is tailor-made to provide traveling golfers with the things they seek.
The tropical climate, scintillating beaches, a vibrant island vibe, and astounding ocean and mountain views from golf courses throughout the island await. Thousands of restaurants, casinos, culture, history, welcoming people, and natural wonders complement the award-winning playing options.
The golf destination continues building on its status as one of the world’s best, not only via the18 diverse yet complementary courses and numerous resorts on the Island, but through many of the game’s top brands and governing bodies choosing Puerto Rico to stage high-profile championships.
The PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, R&A, and Augusta National all either currently hold an event in Puerto Rico, have recently hosted one, or have one upcoming. For example, the Latin America Amateur Championship will be held in the island for the first time in January 2023 – a joint effort by the USGA, R&A and Augusta National, with the winner earning a berth into the 2023 Masters and 2023 Open Championship.
“Puerto Rico is ideally suited for golf getaways thanks to our many courses, variety of resorts, and of course our welcoming people, eager to share the ‘Boricua’ way of life,” said Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer, Discover Puerto Rico.
Requiring no passport from American citizens, offering dozens of direct flights daily into San Juan (SJU airport code), and a bilingual culture that uses U.S. currency are some reasons why the island is recognized among travelers as a preferred destination.
Not only are the island’s courses fun and scenic several are rated by Golfweek among the top 50 in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Atlantic Islands. They offer an array of options to suit each player’s tastes, with a range of price points, terrain features, and designs from some of the game’s greats. These include Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Fazio, Tom Kite, Rees Jones, and Gary Player.
El Yunque is a spectacular rain forest that can be seen from several Puerto Rico golf courses, including at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve’s Championship Course, where the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open is played annually, and from the Ocean and River courses at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort. Unfathomably remarkable ocean views await at Royal Isabela and Punta Borinquen, both perched atop seaside cliffs on the Island’s Northwest Coast. Near San Juan, Ponce, and Humacao, the courses in Dorado Beach, Bahia Beach, Costa Caribe, and Palmas Athletic Club are adjacent to the ocean, with holes parallel to the sandy beaches and turquoise surf.
Each Puerto Rico visit starts with a warm welcome (“Bienvenidos”) and continues everywhere you explore. The island is rich in festivals, traditions, art, and music, and the people are genuinely gracious and hospitable. With 78 municipalities, each with a unique and distinct “personality,” there’s always another interesting place to discover nearby after golf.
The Island’s golf venues include:
- TPC Dorado Beach
- Costa Caribe
- Fort Buchanan
- Wyndham Grand Rio Mar
- Rio Bayamon
- Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve/Coco Beach
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach
- Caguas Real
- Royal Isabela
- Deportivo del Oeste
- Palmas Athletic Club
- Punta Borinquen
- El Legado
- El Conquistador