The golf capital of Puerto Rico, Dorado lies just a few miles west of San Juan, hugging the Atlantic coast and boasting the ideal topography and scenery for golf. The Dorado Beach Resort is your destination, home to four outstanding courses. The famed East Course, reopened in November 2011 and restored to the original vision of designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. by his son, Robert Trent Jones II, has achieved legendary status from the game’s greats. In fact, Jack Nicklaus once ranked its 4th hole as one of the top ten holes in the world. In addition, Dorado Beach boasts the West Course, Sugarcane Course and Plantation Course, giving golfers 72 holes of championship play. Dorado is also home to the Dorado del Mar Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by native son and golf great Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez. Wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the foothills of the incomparable El Yunque rainforest, Rio Grande offers a truly breathtaking setting for golf. Add the comfort and amenities of three world-class hotels, and Rio Grande is a prime destination for golfers as well as their loved ones. The Gran Meliá Golf Resort offers the Tom Kite-designed Trump International Golf Club, two 18-hole championship courses and home to the annual Puerto Rico Open. A few minutes east lies the Rio Mar Beach Resort, a Wyndham Grand Resort, which boasts two courses. One of these is the first Greg Norman-designed course in the Caribbean; the other is a Tom & George Fazio masterpiece. Finally, the St. Regis Bahía Beach, one of Puerto Rico’s newest luxury resorts, presents it guess with a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course that winds its way along the coast. The El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo has one of the most comprehensive list of perks and amenities of any hotel in Puerto Rico. Among those features is the challenging Arthur Hills Golf Course. With elevations of more than 200 vertical feet, it’s an undulating course that offers panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and finishes up with an 18th hole that will have you making your final shot in front of a waterfall. South of El Conquistador in the town of Humacao is the resort community of Palmas del Mar. Among the world-class amenities you’ll find here are two championship-caliber 18-hole courses: The Flamboyán Course, designed by architect Reese Jones, and the Palm Course, designed by golf legend Gary Player. The cities of Coamo, Ponce and Guayama are the golfer’s destination in the south of Puerto Rico. The Ponce Hilton features 27 holes of championship golf at the Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club. Nearby, Coamo Springs offers a serene setting for golf as well as spa services, and El Legado Golf Club in Guayama presents a more modest and affordable course. The first public golf course in Puerto Rico opened on its west coast: Punta Borinquen, on the northwest corner of the island, was built in 1940. The par-72 course continues to draw golfers to this day. On the southern corner of the west coast, you’ll find a second course at the Club Deportivo del Oeste in Cabo Rojo.
Rio Grande Golf
El Conquistador Golf in Fajardo and the East Coast