Some of the Caribbean's best golf can be found in Puerto Rico, which boasts more than 20 courses island-wide. A great round of golf is close at hand whether you're staying in the capital of San Juan or in a resort area like Rio Grande.
The Rio Mar has two courses; the Ocean Course, designed by Tom and George Fazio, tends to get more acclaim, notably its seaside 16th hole, but the River Course is also memorable: a Greg Norman design that follows the path of the Mameyes River.
This 27-hole course between the Caribbean and Central Mountains was designed by Bruce Besse, Jr., and boasts what it claims is Puerto Rico's only island green, at the 12th hole. The winds from the Caribbean make this course especially challenging, and there are 14 lakes throughout the course.
Double your pleasure with a pair of 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr.- designed championship courses, laid out on the grounds of former citrus and coconut plantations. The Pineapple Course and the East Course both offer ocean views as you make your way along the greens.
Dorado Del Mar
This 18-hole course has elevation between its greens and nearby lake which make it especially challenging. It was designed by champion golfer and Puerto Rico native Chi Chi Rodríguez in 1998, and its location gives golfers views of the ocean and the mountains as they make their way through the back nine.
Palmas del Mar Country Club
The fun begins and ends at the Palmas del Mar's clubhouse, but there's plenty of great golf in between. The Rees Jones-designed Flamboyan Course has been called the best (and one of the most challenging in Puerto Rico. The Palm Course, a resort course designed by Gary Player, offers a challenging back nine that provides views of the Carribean and the island of Vieques.
This 72-par course designed by Arthur Hills features a 200-foot elevation change over its 18 holes and a final hole that compels players to hit their shot over a waterfall. Despite its tough-sounding name, El Conquistador is a pretty resort course with views of the El Yunque rainforest and the ocean at one of Puerto Rico's most family friendly properties.
Bahia Beach Plantation
Golfers describe this Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course as challenging and unforgiving, as 15 of its 18 holes are near either a lake or the Atlantic Ocean coast. It's a 72-par course that will task even the most experienced golfer.
Located on the former Ramey Air Force Base in Aguadilla, Punta Borinquen was Puerto Rico's first public golf course. It was originally designed as a small, nine-hole course by Ferdinand Garvin as a way for the military personnel to relax.
There are no bad views from this 72-par course, which sits at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Be advised that the ocean breezes can make the course challenging for both novice and experienced golfers.
This club has two 18-hole courses, the championship course, and the international course. It was designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Kite, and its location in Rio Grande provides lovely views of the mountains.