Golfers need not go without their fix in Panama. There are a variety of courses spread far and wide, some private, some public. Some of the courses catering to members only are The Panama Golf Club (Club de Golf) near Tocumen, and the Santa Maria golf course edging the Costa del Este area of the city.
In an effort to focus only on the area where I market real estate, and have become somewhat an expert, I will keep to courses within a couple hours drive of the city, but there are courses further out, such as the Chitre Golf Club, Valle Escondido near Boquete, Lucero near Boquete, and the Changinola Golf Club located near Bocas del Toro.
In the are of Panama City, and the beaches of the dry arch, you will find many beautiful and challenging golf courses open to the public, including the Tucan Country Club, Summit Golf & Resort, Coronado golf course, Vista Mar, Costa Blanca, and Bijao.
Tucan Country Club: This is an 18 hole, par 72 course with 7,561 yards for the pros, 6,925 for us regular fellas, and 4,624 for the ladies. Located beside the Panama Canal near the old Howard Airforce Base, the course provides a feel of the tropical rainforest with distant city views. Enjoy the 19th hole restaurant and proshop before calling it a day.
Summit Golf & Resort: Also a canal zone club. Located in Camino de Cruces National Park, this course offers a magnificient rain forest golf experience as well. Summit is a semi-private club offering 18 holes, a welcoming club house, a pro-shop, and restaurant. American designer Jeffrey Myers is responsible for the appealing layout of this 72 par championship race, offering 6,626 yards.
Coronado: Created by the famous designer Tom and George Fazio, this 72 par 18 hole, 7,116 yard course offers a challenging day of golf, even if you consider yourself a pro. The course is located inside the gates of Playa Coronado, only an hour drive from the city, which boasts some of the largest luxury beachfront homes in all of Panama. The club also offers the Hotel Coronado Panama, restaurants, pro-shop, and 9 hole par 3 executive course.
Vista Mar: Located just 10 minutes up the road from Coronado, and only 20 minutes from the new Scarlett Martinez International Airport, this course may be the best in all of Central America. Designed and maintained by the international company of architect J. Michael Poellot, this course offers spectacular ocean, lake, and mountain views. The 72 par, 18 hole course lies in the center of the exclusive Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort, so if you like it enough, set up residence, or just a vacation hang-out.
Bijao: Now, just a little further up the road from Coronado is Bijao. Luxury living, and a beautifully kept 9 hole, Ron Garl desined course. Enjoy a beautiful pro-shop, the nearby Sheraton Bijao Hotel and beach club, and stunning sea and mountain views. This resort truly is a pleasure.
Costa Blanca: This property and golf club are known by many names. Located behind the Royal Decameron all-inclusive resort, the property is also commonly called Decameron, Costa Blanca, and it's proper name, the Mantaraya Golf Club. There are a multitude of hotels in the area, making it easy to enjoy the Randall Thompson designed 18 hole course. Or arrange to rent one of the many villas lining the fairways.
Now, tee up!!!