When it comes to golf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, you have several options; narrow it down to golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and you have but one: Hacienda Pinilla’s world-class Mike Young championship golf course.
Golf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica: 3 Golf Courses
If you’re a fan of the links, then you’re going to love golfing in Costa Rica! Here, where the Pacific meets the sand and where wildlife roams the course, you’ll enjoy a game that is not only challenging, but also scenic, exhilarating, and exotic.
If you’re looking to play golf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, you’ll have two options. From south to north:
1. Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course
This one’s our forte, obviously! Hacienda Pinilla offers a championship golf course located just south of Tamarindo, along Playa Avellanas. The course was designed by Mike Young and opened in 1996. It is a par-72 course that measures 7,200 yards from the championship tees. The course is known for its lush vegetation, challenging layout, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as a smart design that incorporates natural obstacles such as lakes and streams, adding to the course’s aesthetic appeal and gameplay challenges.
2. Reserva Conchal Golf Course
Set within breathtaking tropical dry forest natural surroundings, Reserva Conchal’s golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II. This 18-hole championship course offers a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course spans over 7,200 yards and is known for its exceptional design and strategic layout, which features wide fairways, challenging bunkers, and undulating greens that require strategic play.
3. The Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo (Private Course)
You’ll likely find plenty of information about the famed Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo. While it was once a public course, as of 2021, this course has gone private and is open only to Peninsula Papagayo community members.
The northernmost choice for golf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the Peninsula Papagayo Golf Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Arnold Palmer. The 18-hole championship course offers a challenging and scenic golfing experience, with panoramic vistas of sandy coastline, turquoise waters, and surrounding natural landscapes. The course spans over 7,080 yards and features a unique design that incorporates the natural beauty of the Papagayo Peninsula.
Golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica: Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course
Hacienda Pinilla’s scenic, challenging, and world-renowned golf course is obviously our forte. Welcome to our favorite place to play golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica!
Pair your love for the game with your love of the environment at Hacienda Pinilla’s famed golf course. As mentioned above, this world-class, 18-hole course was designed by respected architect Mike Young, who helped create a course that would honor its surroundings and follow the natural curvature of the land. The result is a beautiful and tropical golf course that meanders through forests and over greens, up hills and along sandy Pacific coastline.
These picturesque, world-class links have earned an environmental designation as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, thanks to significant efforts to preserve the region’s ecological balance. As you swing and putt, keep an eye out for all the wildlife that make their home here, including coyotes and deer, birds and small wildcats.
Be warned that the course can get wild: there are a few not-so-urban legends that tell of surprise green visits from local crocodiles. How’s that for an upgrade to your standard sand trap?
Stay on the Green: Reserva de Golf
For the golf aficionados among us, vacation only gets better when it’s by the green. And if you count yourself among our ranks, then there’s nowhere better to stay than in spectacular Reserva de Golf, Hacienda Pinilla’s golf-front residential community.
Located green-front on Hacienda Pinilla’s Mike Young championship golf course and within walking distance of the JW Marriott, Reserva de Golf presides over holes 4, 5, and 6, where you’ll enjoy incredible golf green views, as well as easy access to Hacienda Pinilla’s stables, tennis courts, Beach Club, and other amenities.
Luckily, at Luxury Villas Hacienda Pinilla, we offer luxurious accommodations within the resort, including some truly spectacular villas and homes both within Reserva de Golf and in other communities close to the course. Staying in one of these course-accessible rentals allows you to have convenient access to golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, as well as other amenities, as you enjoy the Hacienda Pinilla’s tranquil ambiance and natural surroundings.
Tip: When visiting Hacienda Pinilla, it’s advisable to make tee-time reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons. Our expert concierge, whose services are complimentary with your Hacienda Pinilla vacation rental, can help you book tee times, as well as provide specific details on green fees, special packages (ex. twilight / super twilight greens fees), or promotions that may be available.
Below – four of our golfing guests’ favorite rentals:
4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 11 Guests
Steps to the beach, this modern yet intimate home is outfitted with every comfort and absolutely perfect for your vacation. Starting with fantastic views to the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course.
Then, there’s a sparkling, private infinity pool. There’s an outdoor shower. And each of the four spacious bedroom suites opens privately onto the outdoors. There’s extensive decking and an outdoor grill station so well equipped, it could almost be called an outdoor kitchen. There are expansive terraces, perfect for yoga and other outdoor fitness pursuits. There’s a gourmet kitchen, ideal for preparing healthy meals that feel like an indulgence.
And then, there’s that location. Because we said steps to the beach. And by that, we mean it literally: Go outside. Lift your face to the sun. Feel the breeze kiss your skin and the scent of the tropics waft over your senses. And then, turn and walk a few steps down the road and you are there. Right there, at pristine beach almost all your own. Perfect for morning yoga. A splash in the sea. A contemplative walk. Or any other activity you have planned for your vacation.
6 Beds | 4 Baths | 12 Guests
A call to relax, Casa Descanza (descansa means rest, in Spanish) offers a respite from everyday life – an escape, a retreat, a refuge, where you can as easily lean into quiet and privacy as you can take a quick golf cart ride to anywhere (including the course!) within the exclusive and an expansive community of Hacienda Pinilla.
Casa Descanza is designed to impress with every big and little detail: A Spanish-style mansion built for outdoor living at its finest, from its indoor-outdoor terrace with lounges, sofas, and outdoor dining with a grill to the oversized private pool with spectacular pool and golf course views. Welcome to Hacienda Pinilla villa luxury, in all its outdoor glory!
Reserva de Golf | 4 Beds | 3 Baths | 8 Guests
Brand new and absolutely idyllic, Casa Kenkai is nestled onto the green and into a serene nature preserve – your own hidden gem, where you can not only hide away but revel in the joys of tropical golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Because here, you’re treated to dazzling days on the pool terrace and unforgettable sunsets. To the privacy of your own swimming pool and access to the many wonders of a private nature preserve. To the majesty of all things Costa Rica, paired with the promises of exclusive Hacienda Pinilla.
Casa Kenkai is a tropical paradise: a natural light-filled, sun-splashed, modern home overlooking a sparkling pool and lush golf course vistas, where you can relax by the warmth of the day and beneath the stars at night. Welcome to paradise!
4 Beds | 4 Baths | 12 Guests
Named for the tropical jungle that surrounds, Villa del Bosque, or the Forest House, is a beach-inspired, modern home. Its sleek design and contemporary style both complement and accentuate its surrounds: lush gardens, palm-thatched outdoor living, and towering trees.
Villa del Bosque is the kind of home that invites you to take a deep breath and simply enjoy. To slow down and embrace the moment. And to remember why you’re here: for blue skies and fluorescent sunsets, for streaming sunshine and fresh ocean breezes.
Do it while lounging at your private pool, complete with a waterfall feature. Or while preparing a meal on the poolside grill or in the gourmet, chef-ready kitchen. Or as you luxuriate on the sun loungers and find respite in the covered poolside rancho. Because here, your vacation is whatever you want it to be.
Golf, Luxury Villas & Complementary Concierge Services at Hacienda Pinilla
We know you’re here to golf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. But we want you to know, there’s more to Hacienda Pinilla and Costa Rica, if you want to step off the course! And when you reserve your Hacienda Pinilla vacation home with us, you gain access to our full concierge services.
When you book, we’ll get in touch to help you plan all the details of your stay. Our job is to get to know you, so we can help you plan the trip of your dreams. Whether you just need help arranging transportation or would like a full itinerary – everything from your airport shuttle to a full trip’s worth of activities, private chef services, and golf cart rental – we’re happy to help.
Even better, our concierge services are always free. So, why wait? Get in touch and let’s get started!