Coco Beach Golf and Country Club (Championship)Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield
The Takeaway: Tom Kite did a commendable job for having rather uninspiring, flat terrain to work with and only a sliver of exposure to the ocean. As a result the layout is good enough to host a PGA Tour event (the same week the WGC Match Play Championship is going) and it is always fun to tee it up where the big boys do, but I find it difficult to justify $200 to play it. Grade B-
Designer: Tom Kite in 2007
Cost: $160.00 - $210.00 (includes cart and range) Click for current rates
Course Website: Coco Beach's official website Phone Number: (787) 657-2000
Directions: Get here! - 100 Clubhouse Drive, Rio Grande, PR 00745
Signature Hole: 12th - 465 Yard Par 4 -
Accolades: Host site of the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open. Ranked 5th in Puerto Rico by Golf Digest.
What to Expect: Formerly known at Trump International Puerto Rico, Coco Beach was never owned by Donald Trump at all. The former owners elected to lease the Donald's name brand in hopes of bringing recognition to this 36 hole facility located on the north shore of Puerto Rico 20 minutes east of San Juan. The facility maintains some of the best playing conditions on the island though it isn't quite maintained at the elite level many upper-end mainland resorts are able to produce. The terrain is very flat which makes it plenty walkable although the unusual routing produces awkward and sometimes lengthy transitions from green to tee. The fairways are framed with palm trees with handful of water hazards to contend with along the way and the greens are generous in size. Numerous bunkers are found on each hole to help give character to the otherwise uninspiring terrain. The best view on the course comes at the 12th hole where the ocean and beach act as a backdrop to the green. A small ocean inlet obscurely comes into view to the right of the 16th green before the routing takes players back towards the clubhouse. Though the course tips out over 7500 yards the playing widths are generous enough that players can reach back and comfortably take a rip with their driver on most holes with the most penal hazard being the large grass bushes found throughout the routing that are so dense they gobble up balls with little chance of retrieval. Iguanas are frequent visitors in the rough and occasionally take a dip in the water hazards. In the end, I would prefer more ocean views and a better routing on a course located so close to the coast, but at least the individual holes have enough character to keep your attention.
By the Numbers:
Individual Hole Analysis
Best Par 3: 8th - 236 Yards -
Best Par 4: 13th - 416 Yards -
Best Par 5: 15th - 600 Yards -
Birdie Time: 3rd - 386 Yard Par 4 -
Bogey Beware: 4th - 455 Yard Par 4 -