Reserva Conchal Golf Course

Reserva Conchal Golf Course

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windvalley
Europe887 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The course set inside the Conchal reserve is a par 71 offering various tees for all levels. I (mid-single HC lady) played from the white tees and my husband from the blue tees. From the white it offered me enough challenge with a number of longer part 4s and the blustery wind blowing on some of the days. The course has many interesting holes and the wildlife around the course offers a great and very different experience (we have played all over the world from south africa to new zealand and all over europe and north america, plus caribbean) with howler monkeys, iguanas, snakes, and a huge variety of birds. The course is beautiful BUT in early march it really showed the signs of the dry season. It was brown with rock hard greens with different amounts of grass making them a bit difficult to predict regarding speed. The layout is a bit strange at times with hole 18 finishing away from the proshop/beach club but i guess they had a limited amount of space to work with. The staff is very friendly and nice for the most part. We loved the fresh fruit after our round. Yum. The 5 day golfcard for $610 is worth it but omly if you play two rounds a day at least on some of the days.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ferebees
New Bern, NC46 contributions
Jan 2020
Two of us slipped out around 2pm for a round at Reserva Conchal and we were not disappointed. We had brand new Callaway clubs (im a Titleist staff guy so not so impressed) that were great for rentals. We played the tips and found the course challenging but so much fun. The course was in fantastic shape and I would definitely recommend it to anyone nearby that would like a first rate experience from cart staff to professional shop staff. The cold towel when you finish is a great touch.
Written January 12, 2020
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Troutish
Vermont31 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Played 8 rounds here in a recent trip and enjoyed the course immensely. The layout is challenging but playable, tight off the tee and well protected greens. Fairways were in great condition, just about always had an up lie in the short grass. The teeth of this course is in the layout, not the greens. The greens were pretty slow...don't know if this is always the case, but after adjusting to the lack of speed, they putted fairly true.

The staff was fantastic. Every day Fernando and Calis met us with a welcoming smile and had our clubs on the carts, water in the coolers, ready to go. Most welcoming and friendly staff I've ever experienced at a golf course. Those guys deserve a raise!

Halfway through each round, one of the staff would drove up and gave us delicious watermelon and at the end of each round, met us with cold towels to cool down with.

Small things, but greatly appreciated. A great golfing experience. Highly recommended!
Written March 10, 2018
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Russell K
Burlington, Canada156 contributions
December is the start of this area’s high season so you would think by January, the golf course would be in tip top shape to receive snowbirds. We opted for the 3 day golf package at $395 pp ($131.66 per round) then played an extra day for $125 since we bought the 3 day package.

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we decided to stay at the Westin vs Four Season’s as we felt Westin offered more value not just for golf but overall vacation experience. See my other review on Westin resort, accommodations and amenities.
All tee times were booked between 6:30 and 7:30 AM for two players to escape the day’s heat. We prebooked tee times 2 weeks ahead of our arrival to Costa Rica but found it wasn’t necessary during the time we visited as the course wasn’t that busy. Most people book early AM including expats that have moved to the area.
Every morning we were greeted by this great guy who got our clubs and carts ready. He cleaned our clubs and shoes after each round and had everything ready for us the next day. We left our clubs at the course for our early AM tee times. This guy was great and we tipped him well after our 4th round. All other golf course personnel were very pleasant and social.

1st round course impression on Sunday January 14th captured some breathtaking fairway and ocean views (see pics). Fairways and greens were in good shape during our first bunker free round. On 10th hole, a guy in a golf cart (not beverage cart) brought us watermelon and had a cooler of beverages. This was the only time we received any cart service this day.

2nd round on Monday January 15th was busy. 1st tee was congested with 3 groups of players, the 3rd group had 6 players on the tee box. This was unacceptable so we drove to the 10th and teed off. We met course maintenance workers on the 10th green who called the pro shop to advise we, and another twosome that followed us, had started on the back nine. We continued to play without further incident but noticed 50% of all sand traps were under construction and not playable. In fact some traps were being lined with concrete which I happen to hit into resulting in a lost ball after it ricocheted off into the woods. We met a golf cart guy on the 3rd last hole of the day who brought us some watermelon but no beverages.

3rd round on Tuesday January 16th was dead. No one there and we played 18 in 2 hrs, 50 minutes. We met a beverage car girl in a proper beverage cart on the front and back 9. Drinks and snacks were very limited, no sandwiches available. We bought 2 Gatorade's for $10. Maintenance crews were all working on sand trap reconstruction and they paused work to allow us fairway or greens play.

4th round play on Thursday January 18th was dead. Just a few players this early AM.
We finished 18 in 3 hrs. Never saw cart beverage person. Maintenance crews were all working on sand trap reconstruction which I think will continue throughout the duration of golf’s high season.

Golf course Pro Shop offering/apparel is limited. Main Resort Pro Shop is much larger with more items to purchase. Average shirt cost is $120 with Callaway shirts priced at $90. Too much money IMHO.
Written January 20, 2018
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Bigapple05
New York City, NY47 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Stayed at the Westin Golf and Resort in June and decided to play a round of golf. I had some high expectations but was a little disappointed. The green fee was $125.00 and rental clubs was $40.00. I would expect a golf cart with GPS for $125 dollars but their carts does not have them installed. From the white tees the course is very forgiving and pretty easy to get on regulation. If you want more of a challenge head up to the blue tees or the gold champion tees. There was not one hole that was truly memorable. The bunkers did not have any fine soft sand it was more like dried up mud. The greens were in a good shape and the balls seem to roll very well. There was no one playing there when I went. Not sure if it was the heat or the high price. I would give this course 4 stars if they offered a bigger discount to those that that stayed at the resort.
Written July 1, 2015
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Alejandro1958
Santiago, Chile44 contributions
Feb 2020
The Reserva Conchal Golf Club is an 18 golf court, par 71, inside the Reserva Conchal, which is a 1.000 hectare or 2.471 acres forest reservation in Costa Rica,s northen part.
The golf club belongs to the Westin Hotel located here, and is intended so that hotel guests can play there. If you aren,t a hotel guest, then you need to contact the golf's manager and ask him if you can play, at info@reservaconchal.com. I am an amateur senior golf player, handicap 17, and as it I will describe in the following lines what I saw there.
At the starting point you have a store where you can find everything you need to play golf. The green fee is U$ 150 plus the rental of the clubs, which is U$ 60 per day. If you rent them for more than 3 days then they make you a special price of around U$ 180 per day which includes the golf cart, green fee,clubs, golf balls and 4 bottles of water, very necessary. The clubs are Callaway and they have 4 different types going from stiff to regular and senior ones.
The golf cart is an EzGo one equiped with Textron Fleet Management GPS, which through and 8"screen is showing you at all time where you are in the golf field and also at what distance you are form the holes. The system also will not allow you to drive to restricted areas.
I played on February and the temperature can rise up to 36 degrees celcius or 96,8 F. On March, the hottest month it can rise to 40 C or 104 F.
I played very early in the morning, from 6:30 to 7 AM and the temperature is OK, but I beleive that at 1 PM it will not let you play, or make it not pleasent
The course meanders though rolling terrain with breathtaking vistas of the pacific ocean on some holes.
Wild animals like monkeys, lizzards, snakes, racoons, all sorts of birds will be seen along the 18 holes. You need to be carefull specially with lizards, not to step on them with the cart, because the are allways crossing the road. These animals are not dangerous for yourself, as long as you don,t bother them.
There are also lagoons that come in the game in 5 holes, to make them more difficult. At the starting point of each hole, there is also a yellow starting point, to the three normal that you find, blue, white and ladies, that adds 30 to 40 yards more behind the blue line.
I played 6 days there, and four of them were windy, which adds difficulty, specially in the first 9 holes that are more openen to the enviorment.
The fairway runs allmost all the time with native forest at both sides, so if you are'nt a straight driver hitter, leave it in the bag and use your fairway woods. There is a 99% chance that if you go into the forest, that will be a lost ball.
The golf field is not an easy one to play, becasue as I describe you need to hit the ball straight, there are crossed bunkers is almost all the holes, and the greens are very difficcult to play. Many of them are small or narrow, which demands that you need to land your ball in a small space, or go to the forest,most of them have declines and some have 2 slopes on them.
The condition of the fairways as well as the green was perfect, and you can see at all times people working in the maintenance of the golf field.
If there is something that I did not like of this golf court, is that there is not a place to stop after the 9th hole, to eat a sand which or have a drink. Anyhow, there is a lady that is driving through the court, offering chips, beers and sodas, but not sand whiches.
By far, this is the wildest golf field that I have played, and I will recomend it 100%.
It is really a very nice and unique place to play golf.
I have added some photos as well as ones taken from the booklet of the course so that you can understand in a better way what I have described here.
Written February 29, 2020
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Brent G
Hurst, TX40 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We played both this course and the Four Seasons Course. The four seasons course has some more dramatic holes, but overall, I liked this one better. I felt it much more playable. The four seasons course has tiny greens and they keep the grass pretty long. This course has a few views of the ocean, but it's mostly inland. It was in great shape and fun to play.
Written July 19, 2014
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geoaiii
Dallas, TX35 contributions
Aug 2019
Reserva Conchal is a huge community of private homes, rental homes, and hotel units spread out over several acres. The golf course winds all throughout the area giving you lots of spectacular views. It's nice that you just get in the cart and ride from hole to hole instead of the next tee being just opposite of the last green. Of course it's beautifully maintained. I teed off at 7:00a.m. on a Saturday. I saw four more golfers (two twosomes) the entire time I was there. I felt like it was my private course ! Only two or three holes have ocean views but there is plenty of beauty.
Written August 14, 2019
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JAMES G
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica29 contributions
Jul 2018
The course design is great and these guys spend a ton on maintenance. Carlos and his staff go out of their way to make you happy and even serve chilled watermelon while you're playing.
Written July 13, 2018
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David S
Pecs, Hungary218 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Beautiful scenery,beautiful course, played in tournament with friends from valley del sol in San Jose area.book ahead lived in Costa Rica for about 12 years,like this course a lot even though a long way from escazu
Written February 5, 2017
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