Until recently, Nicaragua golf was fairly limited in scope. Now, the increasing recognition of the country as a retirement destinationÂ is garnering the attention of golf course architects and developers. For instance, Tommy Haugen was enlisted to create the golf courses at Gran Pacifica. Today, one can enjoy golf villas resting right alongside the spectacular fairways of Nicaragua ocean-view golf courses.
In 2009, Forbes named Nicaragua as a top locale for those considering an overseas retirement. The magazine termed it "an exotic Florida on the cheap," citing aÂ cost-of-living as much as 60 percent less than in the U.S.Â Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort is poised to become a popular destination along Nicaragua's Pacific coast.
Golf West of the Capital
Among Nicaragua's golf courses, Gran Pacifica is distinctive in that it offers a full 27 holes of championship resort golf. The three nines are aptly named Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire. Situated along the Pacific Ocean and yet within an hour of the capital city of Managua, Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort offers the amenities that one expects in resort golf. The course offers a quality, well-stocked pro shop, locker rooms, pool, restaurant, and a pub/grill.
All three nines begin at the clubhouse. Views of the Pacific abound at Gran Pacifica. Four sets of tees accommodate golfers of virtually every skill level. Ponds, creeks, estuaries, and volcanic sand bunkers create a golf experience that is at once both scenic and challenging.
Managua Area Golf
Nejapa Golf & Country Club is an 18 hole layout near the capital. It has a storied history dating back to 1940. The original nine hole layout was relocated closer to the city in 1957, and it was expanded to 18 holes. It was closed throughout the 80s and 90s, but Nejapa then reopened in 2001.Â Today, it also includes a driving range and a chipping area.
Golf to the South
On the isthmus between the Pacific and Lake Nicaragua is the Gaulacito Golf Course in Rivas. Nearby Tola is home to the Hacienda Iguana Golf course. Both of these Nicaragua golf courses are south of Managua and near the border with Costa Rica.
The Gran Pacifica staff is available to offer expert insight into area real estate opportunities, including oceanfront estates and condominiums. They can acquaint visitors with the cultural opportunities in the capital city of Managua as well as the historic Spanish enclaves that dot the countryside. They can also assist those who have an interest inÂ purchasing property in the area.