Nat­u­ral Won­ders in Costa Rica

Golf Vacations - - News - by Tim Cotro­neo

The Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try of Costa Rica has a un­usual way of help­ing golfers get over first hole jit­ters. At the plush Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa, new­com­ers to the Reserva Conchal Golf Course are of­ten greeted by the star­tling roar of howler mon­keys perched in the tree­tops above the first tee.

The Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try of Costa Rica has a un­usual way of help­ing golfers get over first hole jit­ters. At the plush Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa, new­com­ers to the Reserva Conchal Golf Course are of­ten greeted by the star­tling roar of howler mon­keys perched in the tree­tops above the first tee. Whether this sound oc­curs be­fore, dur­ing, or af­ter a back­swing, the re­sult­ing ner­vous laugh­ter helps to dis­tract any thoughts of hitting an er­rant shot. Mon­keys aren’t the only back-to-na­ture am­bas­sadors greet­ing golfers at this Robert Trent Jones Jr-de­signed course. Igua­nas, crocodiles, rac­coon-like Coati-Mundi, and white throated Mag­pie all make spon­ta­neous ap­pear­ances dur­ing your 18 spec­tac­u­lar golf holes. If you’re not star-struck by the wild king­dom as­pect of Reserva Conchal’s 7,000-yards of jun­gle splen­dor, the sheer eco-ra­di­ance of your golf round will take your breath away. If you’ve never con­tem­plated the world’s en­vi­ron­ment prior to your Costa Ri­can va­ca­tion, the Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa will re­mind what a won­der­ful world it can be.

The Golf World’s Ul­ti­mate Win Win

The air, the ter­rain, the green­ery, the ocean, and the lux­u­ri­ous Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa are so en­vi­ron­men­tally pure they pro­duce some­thing called a Pos­i­tive Car­bon foot­print. That means when you play at the Reserva Conchal, you’re ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a round of golf that cre­ates a 25 per­cent oxy­gen sur­plus. There is a sur­real re­al­ness to your Reserva Conchal golf round. When teeing it up at Reserva Conchal you be­come one with ocean views, ex­otic glimpses into the jun­gle, and el­e­va­tions wor­thy of a Costa Ri­can yo­del­ing com­pe­ti­tion. What’s great is this could be the first time you’ve played 18 holes, and also made a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to our planet. Talk about a golf win-win. A bonus to your Reserva Conchal ex­pe­ri­ence is en­coun­ter­ing a golf course team that is so giv­ing they could make Mother Teresa blush. On one hole you’re of­fered a cold towel, on an­other a slice of fresh pineap­ple, and on the next a frosty Costa-Ri­can brewed Im­pe­rial beer. The Reserva Conchal team treats you with VIP sta­tus re­gard­less of how your score­card reads. The Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa sets the hos­pi­tal­ity gold stan­dard for com­bin­ing sus­tain­abil­ity with lux­ury.

Smile if You Like Costa Ri­can Golf

The ring­leader of the Reserva Conchal good­will team is the course’s Di­rec­tor of Golf Car­los Soto. Spend five min­utes with Ro­jas and you’ll dis­cover that smil­ing and breath­ing is one and the same. Soto is a vir­tual foun­tain of Costa Ri­can knowl­edge. This 10-year Reserva Conchal veteran is your “go to” re­source for im­prov­ing your golf game, find­ing the best place for sushi in the neigh­bor­ing town of Ta­marindo, or even in­sider se­crets on bull rid­ing dur­ing Costa Rica’s fes­ti­val sea­son. Soto is also the main man for co­or­di­nat­ing long dis­tance tee times prior to your va­ca­tion, or adding an ex­tra round dur­ing your stay at the Westin Golf Re­sort and Spa. The goal for Soto’s team is pre­sent­ing a cham­pi­onship golf course that ex­udes the Costa Rica “Pure Vida” way of life.

Reser va Conchal Car­dio Love Af­fair

First time vis­i­tors will dis­cover that Reserva Conchal is a glo­ri­ous mix of Pa­cific Ocean shots, cor­ner-bend­ing doglegs, mind-test­ing ap­proach shots, and pic­ture per­fect greens. It’s also a mar­velous chance to in­ter­act with wildlife that co­ex­ists through­out this Robert Trent Jones Jr. lay­out. Fol­low­ing 18 holes of ad­ven­ture played in 82-de­gree temps you’re handed an­other cold towel to re­fresh. As Soto and long­time em­ployee Calis clean your clubs, they ask what you think about Costa Ri­can golf. You can’t help but smile back at the beam­ing duo’s loaded ques­tion that has but one bucket list an­swer. Just then you hear an­other Howler Mon­key bark­ing from the tree­tops. It’s at this point you re­al­ize that the Reserva Conchal golf ex­pe­ri­ence has left a pos­i­tive car­bon im­pres­sion on your heart.

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