Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - hole 16
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - hole 16
The 16th hole of the Ocean Course is the only one at Rio Mar Country Club along the beach. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 13th
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 13th
Water protects the 13th green of the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - no. 13
Iguanas and a tropical bird hang out near the 13th green of the Ocean Course at Rio Mar C.C. in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 6th
Golfers putt on the sixth green of the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 7th
The seventh hole on the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club ends at a peninsula green jutting into the water. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 9th
The 406-yard ninth hole is one of the longer par 4s on the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 4th
Stay left to avoid the water near the fourth green of the Ocean golf course at Rio Mar C.C. in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 14th
The 354-yard 14th hole is one of the shortest par 4s on the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Rio Mar C.C. - Ocean golf course - 18th
A small pond can swallow balls on the 418-yard 18th hole of the Ocean golf course at Rio Mar Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Hit the beach on the Ocean golf course at Rio Mar Country Club in Puerto Rico

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- The magical moment that gives the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club its name comes just around the corner from the 15th green.

Walled off by high-rise condos, the beachfront par-3 16th hole occupies 238 yards of valuable oceanfront property. This setting is why millions of snowbirds flock to the Caribbean every winter, to hear the waves and feel the breeze.

The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa treats the 6,716-yard course, designed by George and Tom Fazio, like its signature play. It's better manicured and more playable than Greg Norman's River Course. A network of six ponds impacts at least 12 holes. The seventh hole, a 393-yard par 4, tumbles downhill to a peninsula green surrounded by water on three sides. The taste of the ocean later in the round feels rather fleeting, although the memories should linger.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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