Costa Rica News
  Costa Rica Calendar of Events
  Costa Rica Travel Center
  Costa Rica Hotels & Lodging
  Costa Rica Adventure Tours
  Costa Rica Medical Tourism
  Costa Rica Bird Watching
  Costa Rica Sport Fishing
  Surfing in Costa Rica
  Costa Rica Golf
  Golf Tips
  Travel Tips
  Costa Rica Area Maps
  Learning Costa Rica Spanish
  Costa Rica Area Info
  Costa Rica Vacation Rentals
  Costa Rica General Info
  Living & Retiring in Costa Rica
  Costa Rica Businesses
  Costa Rica Real Estate
  New: Granada, Nicaragua
  Classified Ads
  Community Forum
  Panama Travel
  Contact Info:

Costa Rica Photo Gallery
Costa Rica Web Cams  




Costa Rica Travel Center : Costa Rica Golf Last Updated: May 23rd, 2012 - 17:32:56

Golf: Cariari Country Club, San José
By Explore Costa Rica Staff
Jul 3, 2006, 16:53

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Costa Rica Travel: Costa Rica Golf

Golf: Cariari Country Club, San Jose

The Cariari Country Club is long considered to be the best course in Central America, and is a natural to play when in Costa Rica. Opened since 1973, the Cariari Country Club is a short distance from the national capital of San Jose in Costa Rica's central valley. A great golf course that challenges the best of golfers, the Cariari is a natural place to play when you first arrive in Costa Rica and, with proper planning, a great way to end your stay in Costa Rica as well.

Cariari Golf Course San Jose Costa Rica
Situated on land that was once a coffee plantation, the Cariari was designed by well-known golf course architect George Fazio and built by his now famous nephew, Tom Fazio. This par 71 course measures 6,590 yards from the Championship tees, but plays much longer.

The Costa Rica golf course is heavily wooded, has narrow fairways, few fairway bunkers and the greens tend to be on the large side with sand traps. The greens are Bermuda and roll fast.

The course record is held jointly by Raymond Floyd and Costa Ricans Álvaro Ortiz and Mario Pérez. The Cariari was the site of the Friendship Cup in 1979 & 1980. These PGA sponsored events were won by Larry Zeigler (2 under) and Raymond Floyd (9 under).

Cariari Golf Course San Jose Costa Rica
The Friendship Cup is the only PGA sanctioned tournament ever played in Costa Rica. Larry Zeigler finished two over par to take the $20,000 winner's check in 1979 and Floyd shot a course record 66 in his nine-under par total the following year. Floyd now shares the course record with young Costa Rican Alvaro Ortiz, who shot his 66 in 1994.

The Friendship Cup lapsed after 1980 due to lack of financial support but, with the current golf boom in Costa Rica, many people are optimistic about getting a professional tournament back here in the future. The Cariari hosts many amateur tournaments during the year, including the National Tournament of Costa Rica, a medal and matchplay event, as well as various charity tournaments to benefit Costa Rican institutions like the Children's Hospital.  

Although the Cariari Country Club is private, it does offer exclusive access to guests of some of the hotels in the area. Currently these include the Melía Cariari, Costa Rica Marriott, Herradura Golf Resort & Conference Center, Residencias del Golf and Vistas del Golf. Caddies are required on this mature track. Rental clubs available.  Map >>

Location: San Jose, Central Valley, Costa Rica
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,590
Architect: George Fazio

Website:           Golf Tips 

Need Hotel Accomodation in the Central Valley?    Local Things to do in the Central Valley   Places to Eat Central Valley

Costa Rica News  |  Costa Rica Real Estate  |  Buying Real Estate

 Promote YOUR Costa Rica Business & Link to YOUR Website:Get A Business Information Page 

Add Your Costa Rica Business, Costa Rica Tours & Costa Rica Hotel FREE!

Have a Comment, Story
Experience or Tip to Contribute?


© Copyright 2004 by

Top of Page

Costa Rica News
First Costa Rica Winery
Costa Rica Soon To Enforce Smoking Ban
Firefighters Tackle Costa Rica's Chirripo National Park Fire
Costa Rica Calendar of Events
Costa Rica Current Events, Concerts, Festivals
Costa Rica: Jaco Beach News & Events Calendar
Costa Rica Mountain Bike Race Event
Costa Rica Travel Center
Costa Rica Flights with Nature Air
Costa Rica Week's Surf Forecast
Costa Rica Surf Mal Pais Association Results
Costa Rica Area Info
Tambor Beach on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula
Tamarindo Sailing Adventures & Sunset Tour, Costa Rica
Tamarindo Massage by Shannon Vacca, Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
Costa Rica Vacation Rentals
La Tortuga Vacation Rental, Tamarindo Costa Rica
Casa Bella Vista Vacation Rental in Manuel Antonio
DayStar Properties Vacation Rentals, Costa Rica
Costa Rica General Info
Jaco Beach: Non Profit Animal Care, McKee Project Jaco Costa Rica
Hands of Hope Non-Profit - Helping Children of Costa Rica
Weather in Costa Rica
Living & Retiring in Costa Rica
Driving Costa Rica's New Highway Towards Jaco
Costa Rica Banking - What Do I Need to Open a Bank Account in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica Investments: Looking for Profitable Business Investment
Costa Rica Businesses
Pet Sitters in Costa Rica's Jaco Area
Doing Business in Costa Rica: Good Investment
Businesses Costa Rica Directory: Phone Number, Website
Costa Rica Real Estate
How To Sell Your Costa Rica Home Fast For the Best Price
Costa Rica Real Estate: San Jose Home for Sale
Costa Rica Real Estate
New: Granada, Nicaragua
Crossing The Border From Costa Rica to Nicaragua
Nicaragua Organizes Touristic Trade Show ‘Fenitur’
New Nicaragua Tour Packages
Classified Ads
Costa Rica Classifieds Ads - FREE !
Community Forum
Community Forums
Business Information Page
Advertise on Explore Costa
Website Customer Testimonials Costa Rica & US
Explore Costa Hotels, Travel, Real Estate, Businesses & Tours Links
Web Cams
No articles available.
Panama Travel
Visit Panama from Costa Rica