This month guest blogger Robert Stockdale shares his Costa Rica Golf Adventure on the links of La Iguana. Bob shares a passion for travel with his wife, Michele. When they get an opportunity to play golf when they travel Bob is always up for a round or two.
El Aguila, Hole 3, is you birdie chance with only par 4 325 yards to the hole and open fairway. Be careful, because you are already enjoying the beauty of the rainforest and the cart girl has delivered you a drink. El Tucan, the signature hole, is par 5 545 yards over a creek and will have you taking photographs and pulling out extra balls that went out of bounds. Look for the birds and wildlife all around this hole and you will forget about the double bogey. El Garrobo is a par 4 379 yards that will allow you to get a stroke back if you are accurate of the tee. El Brujo is your first Par 3 at 172 yards with par on your radar.
Pura Vida is par 4 324 yards of beauty that requires an iron or fairway wood off the tee to give you the birdie chance. El Pizote par 3 182 yards has you already forgetting about the score and looking for monkeys in the rainforest. La Iguana, Hole 9, par 4 430 yards of trouble. Be happy with the bogey and the food you ordered from your cart. Once you sit down on the turn and have another beer you will smile at all the fun you had on the front nine and forget about the monkey who had stolen your ball off the green.
Suj Majestad is par 4 462 yards of a monster hole with a dogleg left and plenty of monkeys. If you are lousy off the tee, forget about going for the green, and lay up for bogey. A big snowman for me on the card for this Hole the first time I played lead me to thanking the cart girl waiting off the green for another drink after the disaster swings and two lost balls. La Culebra, a par 5 527 yards of narrow fairway allow you the chance for a birdie or par on the card. La Guacamaya is par 3 188 yards out in the valley with wind and out of bounds at the back of the green. El Lagarto is par 5 560 yards with river in front of the green and pond at the back of the green. This unfortunately, was another snowman on my card for me on this par 5 with a ball in the river and poor tee shot to start the hole.
El Delfin is a par 3 150 yards with a shot over the small lake to hit the green. Hit a club down if the wind is swirling. El Cangrejo, Hole 17, par 4 338 with an ocean view and a lake guarding the green. La Conquista Del Paraiso par 4 397 finishing hole has the hotel and ocean in view and reminding you that the pool is waiting after the round and afternoon massage at the spa.
Pura Vida Costa Rica, nothing beats playing golf in the rainforest with an ocean view! Thank you La Iguana Golf Course.