Golf in Panama
Panama is now a golf destination- this small country has city, beach and mountain golf courses including a new course widely regarded as the best in Latin America. And in Panama you can golf year-round- it is summer every day. It also has enough other attractions to keep you occupied and entertained when you’re not golfing.
With the opening of the Jack Nicholas Buenaventura Golf Course at the beach, Panama raised the bar for golfing in Latin America. This course on a par with some of the best courses in the US.
In Panama City, you can golf at Summit Golf Club- one of the gifts the Americans left behind in the former Canal Zone. It’s an 18 hole, 72 par golf course designed by Jeffrey Meyers next to the Panama Canal and surrounded tropical rainforest with panoramic views. It’s about a half an hour trip from your downtown hotel. Morning golfing is recommended since in the afternoons it gets hot and rains in the green season.
Outside Panama City, Panama has two golfing destinations: Panama’s Riviera- a string of beaches 1.5 hours from Panama City and in Boquete in the cool volcanic highlands of coffee plantations.
Since Panama also has the best Retiree Benefits Program in the world, which includes discounts on green fees, it is also attracting a growing crowd of retirees who have found their golfing paradise.
World-class golfing events are taking place such as the BMW Golf Cup International (the world largest golf tournament for amateurs) and the Panama Claro Championship (part of the PGA Nationwide Tour).
Golf near Panama City:
Golf at the Beach in Panama’s Riviera:
Vista Mar Golf Course:
Designed by award-winning architect J. Michael Poellot, this course has both ocean and mountain views. The par 72 championship course is open to all-locals and international guests. With over 72000 yards from the back tees and a manageable 54000 yards from the forward tee, Vista Mar is both a challenging and forgiving course.
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort:
Regarded as the best golf course in Latin America, this is a 18 hole, par 72 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Planned to enhance the natural landscape its signature hole cuts into the Pacific Coastline with stunning views of Buenaventura’s white sand beach. From caddy concierges to specialized golf instructors, golfers have all their needs are attended to. In order to golf, you need to golf you need do stay at the Buenaventura Resort.
Mantaraya Golf Club by Royal Decameron:
Next to one of Panama’s best beaches, an 18 hole, par 72 course designed by Randall Thompsen. Includes two driving ranges, a practice putting green, and 6 flood lit par 3 holes for after-dark enjoyment, as well as the all-inclusive Royale Decameron Resort with 3 whirlpools, 8 specialty restaurants and pizzerias, beach, lobby and pool bars, gym, spa, tennis courts, convention center, casino, discotheque, Hard Rock Café and much more.
Golf in Panama’s Highlands:
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. Facilities include carts, a full-service shop and adjacent El Pueblo for restaurants, bar, and coffee shop.
Coming soon to Panama City: Santa María Golf and Country Club:
Panama’s second 18 hole Nicklaus Design golf course which will be completed by 2013. Those who purchase a condo or home here will enjoy an array of lifestyle options and resort-style amenities, including a grand country club.