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. But the crown jewel of Reserva Conchal is its championship golf course.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the par-71 layout stretches to more than 7,000 yards. Jones II smartly routed the course between the azure Pacific waters and lush greens of the neighboring tropical forest. The returning nines feature amazing ocean vistas with unforgettable holes meandering through tropical lakes, rugged ravines and ample elevation changes.
Notable professional golfers Jesper Parnevik, David Leadbetter and Hale Irwin have notched rounds here, and that list grew substantially this past spring. That’s when Reserva Conchal hosted the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic. The inaugural tournament sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute-was the country’s first-ever PGA TOUR event in more than 30 years, and the field consisted of 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. But it’s not just the golf course that gets acclaim-its world-class practice facility and learning center offers four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.
Golf reigns supreme at Reserva Conchal, but other outdoor activities rank a close second when it comes to enjoyment. Relaxing by the beach is a must, and there’s no better place to soak in the rays than at the resort’s beach club. The adventurous side of you can also explore Reserva Conchal’s 96-acre wildlife refuge, which is home to more than 30 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and native plants and flora.
At Reserva Conchal, the letter “W” is synonymous with luxurious accommodations. The all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal sits on a pristine stretch of white sand and provides the ultimate in elegance-with personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club and sumptuous amenities standard of the Westin brand. Additional five-star touches found at the resort include 10 on-site restaurants and bars, and a well-appointed spa that offers an array of services and treatments.
In early 2019, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms, and contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.
For larger groups or those looking to stay in paradise a while, Reserva Conchal has premium one-, two- and three-bedroom private residences, and a four-bedroom penthouse that overlooks the Pacific.