La Iguana, Playa Herradura
Course Architect: Ted Robinson Jr.
La iguana is a 6,700-yard Ted Robinson Jr. design with a unique and dramatic setting at the Los Suenos Marriott. The front nine plunges into the shadow of the rainforest along a narrow river valley. From the hills there is an occasional chorus of howler monkeys and mature trees near the stream are perversely placed. For instance, the second hole requires a long iron shot either over or under two trees guarding the green.
The saying "trees are 90% air" does not apply to dense tropical rainforest trees. The "woods" here take the expression tree lined fairways to another level. Keeping it in play and in the fairway will certainly reward your score and lost ball percentage.
In La Iguana Golf Course it is common to see beautiful wildlife while you play... monkeys, three-toed sloths, toucans and scarlet macaws among other species.
Located in a 1,000 acre rainforest, amenities in addition to an 18 hole Ted Robinson designed golf course include, a driving range, a host of waterfront activities, comprehensive Health Club and Spa Center, lighted tennis courts, horizon swimming pool with swim-up bar, choice of 6 diverse restaurants and lounges, casino and entertainment center and a variety of unique locations for theme parties. They range from beach front to poolside to an elegant ballroom.
The golf course is surrounded by lush rainforest and borders on a secluded Pacific cove. Designed so that guests are able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest without disrupting the natural habitat they are traveling through, the course is landscaped to include exotic native plants, banana trees and orchids. Over 150 species of birds, as well as monkeys and other wildlife have been identified on the grounds. At this "naturally challenging" course, the typical caddie has been replaced with a "Golf Guide" who has had months of extensive training including daily classes with a local biologist. They are local Costa Ricans who are fluent in both English and Spanish and as knowledgeable about the game of golf as they are of the natural wonders that surround them.
Open to the public.