We are now into the dry season (summer) in Panama where there is a low likelihood of rain, combined with cooling winds from the north.
This is the ideal time for a round of golf in Panama and there are nine golf courses in Panama in total:
- 4 in and around Panama City.
- 4 on the Pacifica coast around 90 minutes away from the capital.
- 1 near Boquete in the highlands near Costa Rica.
Where To Play Golf in Panama City
Tucán Country Club & Resort
Located 15 minutes from Panama City just across the famous Bridge of the Americas, Tucán Country Club golf course is surrounded by hundreds of villas and apartments – many of them occupied by expats.
Nine holes offer panoramic views of the canal and the city while the others border the Panama Forest Reserve.
The course is relatively flat and the biggest challenges are the extraordinarily large, undulating greens
Green fees range from US$37 to $70 per round including a cart equipped with GPS.
Santa Maria Golf & Country Club
Santa Maria is surrounded by a new 700-acre upscale residential complex, and is located between Panama City and Tocumen International Airport.
The course has wide pristine fairways and greens, with plenty of water hazards and large bunkers to keep you wary.
The course is very similar to what you will find in Florida, and is only open property owners, members and their guests.
Summit Golf Club
The Summit Golf Club is situated within the Radisson Summit Hotel complex about 20 minutes outside of Panama City. The location is incredible and is only a 5-minute drive to the Panama Canal Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks.
The course was built in the 1930’s, but recently renovated, and has a much more diverse layout than Tucan or Santa Maria. The course sits on top of rolling hills overlooking the famous Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal and borders on the Camino de Cruces National Park rainforest.
Club de Golf de Panama
Club de Golf de Panama has hosted The Web.com Tour’s Panama Claro Championship during the last week of January for many years.
The course has towering trees that line the Bermuda grass fairways, with dramatic elevation changes and water hazards on 12 holes
Though this is a private course, guests of members can play here for a $125 green fee.
Golf Courses Outside of Panama City
There are 4 courses a drivable distance from Panama City, but we would recommend staying at the J.W.Marriott Buenaventura Golf Club if you wish to play these courses
- Mantarraya Golf Club at Royal Decameron
- J.W.Marriott Buenaventura Golf Club
- Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort
- BlueBay Coronado Golf and Beach Resort
When To Play Golf in Panama City
We would recommend staying in Casco Viejo, the old town in Panama City and:
- Pay golf in the mornings
- Sightsee in the afternoons
- Dine and party in Casco Viejo in the evenings