Puerto Rico is the birthplace of golf legend and raconteur Chi Chi Rodriguez, and he had to hone his craft somewhere. The island has more than a dozen courses, including some of championship caliber; several make good day trips from San Juan. Be sure to call ahead for details on reserving a tee time; hours vary, and several hotel courses allow only guests to play or give preference to them. Greens fees start at $25 and go as high as $190.

Three golf clubs are within fairly easy striking distance of San Juan. The four 18-hole golf courses at TPC Dorado Beach are just west of San Juan. More options lie farther to the east of the city. The Wyndham Gardens at Palmas del Mar Country Club has two good golf courses. And the spectacular Wyndham Grand Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa has a clubhouse with a pro-shop and two restaurants set between two 18-hole courses.

TPC Dorado Beach. Two, 18-hole, regulation courses blend Caribbean luxury and great golf at this iconic property with a storied tradition. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and renovated by his son in 2011, the famous East course is secluded along 3 km (2 miles) of northeasterly shore within the former Rockefeller estate. A plantation course—the challenging Sugarcane—completes the offerings. Both were purchased by the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in 2015. 5000 Plantation Dr., Dorado, n/a Puerto Rico, 00646. 787/262–1010; East Course $282, Sugarcane Course $170.