When one thinks about the great golf courses along the Pacific coast, Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, and even Torrey Pines immediately spring to mind. The intoxicating smell of sea spray and the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific coastline provides for one of the most unforgettable experiences in all of golf.
Looking to recreate some of the magic of these golf courses, entrepreneurs and investors have turned their attention south to the coastlines of the Central American country of Nicaragua.
While the first nine holes in the region opened near Managua as far back as 1940, most Nicaragua golf courses have been built in the last several years. Dramatic increases in the number of tourists coming to enjoy the regionÂs pristine natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, has made golf course construction a viable business venture for the first time.
With 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching the age of 65 every day in the United States (a trend that will continue more or less until the year 2030), some real estate developers and investors have begun banking on more than just tourism.
Like to Golf? Why Not Live on One of the New Nicaragua Golf Courses?
There are few people who wouldnÂt trade their current house for an oceanfront property on the Pacific coast. Barring tens of millions of dollars though, residing on the coastline in San Diego County or Monterey County is more dream than reality. However, in places like Nicaragua, the dream of a beachfront residence on the Pacific becomes an affordable possibility.
One of the developers tempting retirees and telecommuters with a slice of the sweet life is the Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort about an hour outside the capital city of Managua. There is already an Emerald golf course, and there are designs for two additional 9-hole courses named the Ruby and the Sapphire.
True to great planning, the first course comes complete with a trademark hole four that jumps across an estuary of the local San Diego River straight to the waterÂs edge (the shot into the prevailing winds provides the inspiration for the logo). Accompanying the additional courses are plans for a community of beachfront condos, villas, pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares, defined green spaces, and commercial real estate seamlessly integrated by an ambitious design based upon the ideals of the New Urbanism movement. Gran Pacifica isn't just offering dramatic views of the Pacific, they're providing a lifestyle.
Nicaragua Golf Courses are Hard to Beat When It Comes to Activities
Like all great golf destinations, part of the experience comes from the lodge and amenities available on the property. While many of these new Nicaragua golf courses are short on history they usually make up for it with their post-round activities. True to form, Gran Pacifica features a spectacular pro shop and the friendly Â19th HoleÂ for grabbing a quick snack or enjoying a refreshing drink. However, the entertainment possibilities don't stop there.
Less than a mile off the coast is a treasure trove of deep sea sport fishing with an abundance of delicious snapper, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, feisty jack fish, and large mackerel. Others can catch a wave on some of the world-class surf just offshore. ThereÂs also horseback riding right along the beach by the resort, and even gardening and Spanish language classes.
If you are looking to make your dream of living on the Pacific coast a reality, take a weekend to check it out for yourself.