Buenaventura Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7383
Slope 139
Rating 74.9
Type Resort/Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7383 yards 74.9 139
Gold 72 6883 yards 73.0 135
Silver 72 6277 yards 70.4 130
Jade (W) 72 5822 yards 72.7 127
Scorecard for Buenaventura Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.9/139 437 233 369 589 421 429 199 447 593 3717 451 403 558 414 200 397 584 195 464 3666 7383
Gold M: 73.0/135 409 199 344 561 399 412 174 420 559 3477 424 369 533 382 168 368 558 167 437 3406 6883
Silver M: 70.4/130 370 165 322 525 367 375 149 381 525 3179 378 333 496 341 149 333 528 137 403 3098 6277
Blue W: 72.7/127 326 137 285 492 360 375 149 381 504 3009 342 291 456 311 141 303 479 118 372 2813 5822
Handicap 8 12 16 14 10 6 18 2 4 3 11 7 13 15 9 5 17 1
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2012
Greens Paspalum Platinum Grass
Architect Nicklaus (2012) Wadsworth Golf Construction (2012)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Buenaventura Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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Handicap 10-14
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A resort escape from Panama City

Buenaventura is Panama City's fairy tale land, a beachfront oasis two hours away where city slickers go to escape the traffic and high rises. Life slows down, except for on the golf course.

With so few weekday resort guests, golfers can jet around the course in no time. Pace of play can be an issue when the members and resort guests invade on weekends, but weekdays are a paradise of relaxation and enjoying the course to yourself.

Buenaventura was in prime shape during my visit. It's expertly routed for the resort player with no gut-busting holes if played from the proper tees. It would have been nice if a hole was built on the ocean, but you'll have to settle for a glimpse of the water on a par 3.

A Cobra-Puma indoor hitting bay and club-fitting studio with Gears technology is the only one of its kind in Latin America, according to head pro Heath Henrich, so that's a great amenity for golfers looking to improve.

The resort is beautiful with multiple pools; a soft, sandy beach; an excellent spa and restaurants galore.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Middle of Nowhere

If you happen to be staying at the JW Marriott in Beunaventura, Panama, this is a MUST play. If you stay at the resort, it's a $135 weekend rate, $70 for weekday. If you are not staying at the resort, I believe the green fee is $300. The best thing about this course, (both times I played), is the fast play. Virtually nobody plays golf here. And it's an amazing Jack Nicklaus design with 4 tees for variable skill-levels. It's like golf heaven. EVERYTHING is in perfect shape. While you play you will see dozens of greenskeepers, gardeners, workers, etc., maintaining the course. The fairways are pristine. The bunkers are filled with fluffy white sand and fully raked. There is no disease or defects on the greens. The only small issue is the greens are a bit slow. This is because (due to the harsh climate) they use the Platinum Paspalum grass. It's a bit tougher than you may be used to and caused the greens to be just a tad slow. But that was a small price to pay for the immaculate condition of this golf course. If you happen to be in Panama City, it's worth the 2 hour drive to play this track. Trust me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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$339 Starting price
Valid dates: Nov 08, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
Enjoy four rounds of golf at either of Ka’anapali’s championship courses and a beautiful Ocean View room with a five (5) or more night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
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