Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Bahia Beach is a solid track that gives you a chance to play in a jungle-like setting as well as along the ocean. The course doesn't feature a lot of wow factor but doesn't disappoint in its design either. In the end, Bahia Beach compares favorably among the courses in Puerto Rico but I find it difficult to justify the $200+ green fee.   Grade B

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Jr. In 2007 (original layout by J. Burton Gold in 1991)

Cost:  $220.00 (includes cart). Caddie services available for $70 for singles and twosomes, $90 for threesomes and foursomes. Click for current rates

Course Website:  Bahia Beach's official website    Phone Number:  (787) 809-8848

Directions:  Get here! - 2-PR 187, Rio Grande, PR 00745

16th Hole at  Golf Club (457 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Golf Club (457 Yard Par 4)

Signature Hole:  16th - 457 Yard Par 4 -

Photos:  See additional photos of Bahia Beach

Accolades:  Ranked 31st on Golfweek's 2015 list of the best courses in the Caribbean and Mexico.

What to Expect:  Bahia Beach is located on the north side of Puerto Rico approximately 30 minutes east of San Juan. Robert Trent Jones Jr. was brought in to redesign the course 16 years after opening and was selected due to his vast experience working with courses in tropical locations like Hawaii and the Caribbean. The routing works its way through the jungle and offers an isolated feel through much of the course. Jones has the course well bunkered and featuring water hazards which add aesthetics and strategy to the relatively flat terrain. Conditioning is fair throughout the course but certainly nothing to write home about. The climax of the routing comes at the end where holes 16-18 formerly all ran along the beach however hole 17 has since been removed from the coast and relocated inland so that the resort can be expanded to that beachside location. GPS carts help players navigate through the course although if you wanted to walk the terrain is easily managed. The complementary range can get you warmed up before the round or offer a place to work on your game after 18 holes.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 6890 76.1 146
Gold 72 6395 72.9 143
Silver 72 5913 70.1 138
Copper (Women) 72 5277 72.5 135
Jade 72 2902 N/A N/A


Individual Hole Analysis

4th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (185 Yard Par 3)
4th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (185 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  4th - 185 Yards -

18th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (458 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (458 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 4:  18th - 458 Yards -

5th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (568 Yard Par 5)
5th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (568 Yard Par 5)

Best Par 5:  5th - 568 Yards -

10th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (316 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (316 Yard Par 4)

Birdie Time:  10th - 316 Yard Par 4 -

6th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (442 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (442 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  6th - 442 Yard Par 4 -

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