This 18-hole, par-72 championship course was designed by Arnold Palmer. It spans over 220 pristine acres and sits on the tip of Peninsula Papagayo, nestled in the mountainside along the Pacific Ocean.
Hole 1: Las Huacas
A great starting hole, this is a relatively short par-5 at 543 yards. The sharp dogleg allows players to shorten the hole by hitting tee shots over the bunkers at the corner of the dogleg. Otherwise, a wide fairway all the way to the green allows for a safe 3-shot par-5 to start the round.
Hole 3: Buena Vista
The tee box at the third hole is situated at the top of a cliff with 360-degree ocean views. Here the golfer must aim over or around "Palmer's tree," which sits between the tees and the fairway. The challenge of this 367-yard par-4 hole continues with the sharp dogleg fairway and deep bunkering. This is a true risk and reward hole.
Hole 8: Cariblanco
This is a drivable par-4 at 390 yards, with deep bunkers guarding the front of the green. The best play is a tee shot over the left fairway bunkers to set up the easy approach angle. This green, like many on the Palmer course, has various hole locations that reward good iron play.
Hole 10: Herradura
This is a sharp dogleg left playing around a deep natural ravine. A tee shot played down the left side cuts off a lot of distance for the second shot into a multi-tiered green. Deep bunkers guard the right side of the green, with a generous safe bailout on the left. This 433-yard hole is the second hardest on the back nine.
Hole 13: Buena Suerte
This is a long par-4 at 468 yards, and the number-one handicap hole. The tee shot plays over a large pond to a blind fairway that slopes with the tee shot so that the roll of the ball will shorten the length of the hole. The green is bunkered on the right to catch errant shots that would otherwise go out of play. The safe play is to go long and aim for the generous bailout area to the left.
Hole 14: Coyote
Leaving the windswept plateau of the 10th, 11th and 12th holes, holes 14 and 15 play just above sea level among the lush natural vegetation. The tee shot on this 383-yard par-4 plays over a rock-lined stream to a tree-lined fairway. The green is elevated but relatively flat, with the deepest bunker on the course guarding the front.
Hole 18: Pura Vida
A great finishing hole, this is a 550-yard downhill par-5 starting on top of the plateau. From the tees, the fairway is wide open and you look down upon a green fronted by a pond with bunkers behind it. The safe play is a long iron hit short of the fairway bunkers to set up a short shot onto the green, taking the pond out of play.