Given the geographical size of the country, one would think that there would be more Nicaragua golf courses. Fortunately for tourists, retirees and expats, the country's western corridor near the Pacific Ocean offers some excellent golf, including the 18 holes at Gran Pacifica.
Managua's Nejapa Country Club is the oldest course in the country. It first opened in 1940 as a nine-hole layout. In 1957, the course relocated to a 140-acre location in closer proximity to the capital. In 1998, renovations were begun that resulted in a grand re-opening in 2001. Today's version of Nejapa includes the course, driving range, practice green, and four tennis courts.
Guacalito Golf Club is another of the golf courses in Nicaragua that is in the same general area. It is situated along the Pacific, south of the Iguanas Golf layout. Guacalito is an 18-hole layout that opened for play in 2013. Holes wind between existing Guanacaste, Mango and Tamarindo trees. This area was sculpted into a golf course by architect David McLay Kidd.
18 Holes At Gran Pacifica
Gran Pacifica has the distinction of being the first 18-hole layoutÂ with 9 holes currently open for play among the Nicaragua golf courses. It is the work of Haugen Design. The Ruby, Emerald, and Sapphire nines are all of championship length.
The white volcanic sand bunkers contrast with the emerald green fairways and the deep blue ocean waters nearby. Lagoons and creeks offer watery graves to unfortunate miss-hits.
The fourth hole on the Emerald course is a true signature hole. As you arrive at the tee, you'll see the ocean unfold before you. Your tee shot is launched right at the Pacific because the green nestles right up to the coast. Meanwhile, golf strategists will love the sixth hole on the Ruby nine. The split fairway features a gargantuan sand bunker that "splits" the fairway.
It may have taken until this century for golf to take hold in Nicaragua, but now, avid golfers can play golf courses in Nicaragua that are worthy of their love of the game. Gran Pacifica's layout makes a major statement about the relevance of the game in the new Nicaragua.