PGA Tour Lati­noamérica

Com­ing to Reserva Con­chal

Howler Magazine - - Lifestyle - By Karl Kahler

Reserva Con­chal Golf Club, widely con­sid­ered the best golf course in Costa Rica, will host the pres­ti­gious PGA Tour Lati­noamérica May 7 to 13. The event brings to­gether pro­fes­sional play­ers from 26 coun­tries, plus it has three slots open to lo­cal ama­teurs, so if you're feel­ing lucky….

The “Es­sen­tial Costa Rica Clas­sic” is be­ing held at Reserva Con­chal for the se­cond year in a row. The golf course, de­signed by Robert Trent Jones II, was rec­og­nized this year by both Golf Di­gest and Golfweek as the best course in Costa Rica.

Golf Di­rec­tor Car­los Ro­jas said it's an ex­cel­lent course, suit­able for pro­fes­sional events be­cause of its length, the shape of the holes, the num­ber of ob­sta­cles, the changes in el­e­va­tion and the over­all dif­fi­culty.

“Our course is a chal­leng­ing one and it has a lot of beau­ti­ful land­scap­ing and views,” he said. “And it's sur­rounded by na­ture, so that adds value as well.”

It was built pri­mar­ily for re­sort play­ers, but it was de­signed to be a cham­pi­onship course.

“It de­mands your at­ten­tion on every shot,” Ro­jas said. “You can­not re­lax on this course. You al­ways have to think what is go­ing to be your pri­or­ity. There are chal­lenges that make you think and make you cre­ate a strat­egy. It al­ways keeps you alert.”

The tour­na­ment is open to the pub­lic for free. Irene Jimenez, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Reserva Con­chal, said she hopes to see a big turnout of spec­ta­tors, play­ers and fans.

“We're nor­mally a very ex­clu­sive re­sort, but we're open­ing our doors to the pub­lic,” she said. “Last year, the air you felt in the com­mu­nity, we were breath­ing golf the whole week.”

“For golf fans who like to see great ath­letes,” Ro­jas said, “these guys re­ally play good. Even walk­ing on the course, it's a priv­i­lege to see all these sce­nar­ios. We want to share that op­por­tu­nity with the lo­cals. The more peo­ple are around, the more it mo­ti­vates the play­ers.”

On Mon­day, May 7, there will be prac­tice rounds and qual­i­fy­ing rounds for three lo­cals, based on their best scores on 18 holes. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, prac­tice rounds con­tinue, and on Wed­nes­day there's a pro-am event where ama­teurs are in­vited to play with pros.

Com­pe­ti­tion starts Thurs­day and con­tin­ues Fri­day, nar­row­ing the field to 65 con­tes­tants, all of whom will share a por­tion of the $175,000 purse. The fi­nal takes place Satur­day and Sun­day, May 12-13.

Reserva Con­chal, lo­cated north of Hua­cas near Brasil­ito on Playa Con­chal, is home to the lux­u­ri­ous, 406-room Westin Golf Re­sort & Spa. In Novem­ber, it's open­ing a se­cond ho­tel, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Con­chal, with 151 rooms. The prop­erty also has some 200 pri­vately owned vil­las and con­dos that most own­ers use as va­ca­tion homes.

For more info

www.reser­va­con­chal­go­lf­club.com

The tour­na­ment is open to the pub­lic for free.

Pho­tos of 2017 PGA Tour Lati­noamérica cour­tesy of Reserva Con­chal Golf Club

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