Re­sort Re­port: Reserva Conchal Beach Re­sort

Reserva Conchal Beach Re­sort Golf and Spa

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by JD La­torre

Men­tal golf gu­rus have a say­ing dur­ing rough or tense sit­u­a­tions – “Go to your happy place.” This golf sea­son, why not head to a happy place in what many re­fer to as the hap­pi­est coun­try on Earth.

Men­tal golf gu­rus have a say­ing dur­ing rough or tense sit­u­a­tions – “Go to your happy place.” This golf sea­son, why not head to a happy place in what many re­fer to as the hap­pi­est coun­try on Earth. That would be the Reserva Conchal Beach Re­sort Golf and Spa, a lux­ury re­sort sit­u­ated on Costa Rica’s sparkling north­west­ern Pa­cific coast. Sit­u­ated be­tween white sand beaches and a “dry” trop­i­cal for­est, Reserva Conchal is a prom­i­nent golf devel­op­ment in the coun­try’s Gua­nacaste re­gion. Set within the re­sort’s vast 2,300 acres is a five-star all-in­clu­sive Westin Golf Re­sort & Spa, fea­tur­ing 60,000-square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club. Its high­lights in­clude an ex­ten­sive swim­ming pavil­ion, mod­ern work­out fa­cil­i­ties, fine din­ing and an ex­quis­ite spa. Fu­ture plans call for lux­ury res­i­dences and a W Costa Rica – Reserva ho­tel to be built. But the crown jewel of Reserva Conchal is its cham­pi­onship golf course. De­signed by Robert Trent Jones II, the lay­out is won­der­fully carved be­tween the azure Pa­cific Ocean wa­ters and lush greens of the neigh­bor­ing trop­i­cal for­est. The par-71 course can stretch be­yond 7,000 yards, and boasts breath­tak­ing ocean vis­tas and un­for­get­table holes me­an­der­ing through lakes, rugged ravines and rolling hills. His­tor­i­cally, no other golf course in Costa Rica ri­vals Reserva Conchal. In 2008, it hosted the re­gion’s first in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional event, the Costa Rica TLA Mas­ters. No­table pro­fes­sional golfers Jes­per Parnevik, David Lead­bet­ter and Hale Ir­win have notched rounds here, and that list will grow sub­stan­tially in May. Next month, Reserva Conchal will host the PGA TOUR Lati­noamer­ica Es­sen­tial Costa Rica Clas­sic. The in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment – spon­sored by the Costa Rica Tourism In­sti­tute – is the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Costa Rica, and will boast 144 pro­fes­sional golfers from more than 25 coun­tries. Con­sis­tently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mex­ico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica be­stowed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Audubon In­ter­na­tional. Other call­ing cards are a world-class prac­tice fa­cil­ity and learn­ing cen­ter with four green com­plexes, bunkers, chip­ping and ap­proach ar­eas, and an ex­pan­sive prac­tice tee. Sin­gle- and mul­ti­day golf clin­ics are of­fered, in­clud­ing the PGA TOUR Academy fea­tur­ing cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors from famed TPC Saw­grass. Right af­ter the pros leave might be the best time to make Reserva Conchal your happy place. Start­ing at $379 per per­son, per night (four-night min­i­mum), the Golf Es­cape pack­age in­cludes lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions at the Westin Golf Re­sort & Spa, Playa Conchal, and a round of golf on ei­ther Reserva Conchal, Ha­cienda Pinilla or the Four Sea­sons Penin­sula Pa­pa­gayo. Golf cart, driv­ing range ac­cess and bot­tled water is in­cluded. Trans­porta­tion to golf cour­ses and golf clubs are not in­cluded, and other re­stric­tions may ap­ply. The of­fer ex­pires Novem­ber 30, and guests must men­tion PGAPROM pro­mo­tion code when book­ing on­line at www.west­in­play­a­con­chal.com or by call­ing 855-851-5000.

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