Golf in Río Grande
The Wyndham Grand Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa. The Río Mar Country Club portion of the Resort features two of the region’s more luxurious golf courses. The Ocean Course, designed by Tom and George Fazio dates back to 1975 and has slightly wider fairways than its sister course. Iguanas can usually be spotted sunning themselves near its fourth hole, but contrary to its name has only one isolated ocean hole, the par-three 16th. The newer River Course, designed by Greg Norman, has challenging fairways that skirt the Mameyes River. Either way, when you’re finished your round you can enjoy the spacious modern clubhouse with a pro shop, and two restaurants, so you can grab a sit-down lunch or a quick beverage and a bite. If you're not a resort guest, be sure to reserve tee times at least 24 hours in advance. Fees include discounts for resort guests and twilight times with club and shoe rentals available. 6000 Río Mar Blvd., Río Grande, 00745. 787/888–6000. www.wyndhamriomar.com. Up to $200. 36 holes: Ocean Course: 18 holes, 6782 yards, par 72; River Course, 18 holes, 6945 yards, par 72.
St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Golf Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this tranquil 18-hole course meanders alongside the island's Río Espíritu Santo and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Environmentally respectful, this challenging course traipses past scenic lakes, deep-rooted mangroves, and spectacular residences to blend into the area's rain forest surroundings, while ocean breezes add a degree of difficulty to lush, rolling fairways. Green fees vary seasonally; rates and times are available on request. State Road 187, Km 4.2, Río Grande, 00745. 787/957–1510.
Trump International Golf Course. The Trump International Golf Club features two 18-hole courses designed by PGA Professional Tom Kite, and is bordered by 1,000 acres of coastline and outstanding views of El Yunque. 100 Clubhouse Dr., Coco Beach, Río Grande, 00745. 787/657–2000. www.trumpgolfclubpuertorico.com. $145–165, twilight rate; $165–185 for the 18-hole Championship Course.
Carabalí Rainforest Park. A family-run operation, this hacienda is a good place to jump in the saddle and ride one of Puerto Rico's Paso Fino horses. Hour-long rides take you around the 600-acre ranch, while two-hour treks take you to a river where you and your horse can take a dip. If you prefer something more high-tech, rent a four-wheeler for an excursion through the foothills of El Yunque. Rd 3, Km. 31.6, Luquillo, 00773. 787/889–5820. www.carabalirainforestpark.com.
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