When golf is an essential element in meetings and incentive planning, Panama steps up to the tee with a roster of 18-hole championship golf courses, and all within easy reach of Panama City and/or the Pacific coast beach resorts.
Just 15 minutes from the city center is the Tucan Country Club & Resort, whose 18-hole, par-72 course was designed by Florida architect Jeffrey Myers, who laid out the front nine holes bordering the rainforest and the back nine with panoramic views of the Canal and capital skyline. Nestled in the wilderness and located on the east bank of the Panama Canal, yet only a 20-minute drive from Panama City, Summit Golf & Resort is another ideal venue for those staying in the capital. Designed by the J.C.M. Group, the course is spread across rolling hills with sweeping views of the Gaillard Cut of the canal; there is an 18-hole course and a 6-hole course for juniors and beginners, plus the only computerized GPS system in Central America to help you keep track of your ball.
Meanwhile, Coronado Golf & Beach Resort is a long-standing premier golf resort located on the Pacific Coast, about an hour from Panama City. Designed by Tom Fazio, this is the only seaside 18-hole course in the country. A 1.5 hour drive from Panama City, but worth the trip is The Mantaray Golf Club, under the baton of the Royal Decameron Resort, spreads along the Farallon beach. The 18-hole, par 72 course, designed by Randall Thompsen, includes two driving ranges, a practice putting green, six flood-lit par-3 holes for evening play and a clubhouse with bar and restaurant.
And by the end of this year, Bristol Buenaventura’s Nicklaus Design, par-72 golf course will be in play, with of many of its 18 holes stretching along the Pacific coast. Club facilities will include a pro shop and the Prime 19 steakhouse restaurant.