Bahia Beach Resort and Golf ClubGolf 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
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
Signature Hole: 16th - 457 Yard Par 4 -
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:
Individual Hole Analysis
Best Par 3: 4th - 185 Yards -
Best Par 4: 18th - 458 Yards -
Best Par 5: 5th - 568 Yards -
Birdie Time: 10th - 316 Yard Par 4 -
Bogey Beware: 6th - 442 Yard Par 4 -