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Puerto Rico Courses Open Post-Fiona

Most of Puerto Rico’s golf courses and resorts are fully operational following Hurricane Fiona’s landfall last week, welcome news for stakeholders and travelers to the Island this fall.

Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan (SJU), Aeropuerto Internacional Mercedita (PSE) in Ponce, Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) in Vieques, Rafael Hernández Marín International Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla are fully operational. Cruise ports have also reopened with select cruises/ferries operating.

Many areas, attractions, and historical parks are also available to enjoy during golf excursions, such as Old San Juan, Casa Bacardí, the Ron del Barrilito Tour, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park, Frutos del Guacabo, DISTRITO T-Mobile and Toro Verde Adventure Park.

To keep travelers updated, Discover Puerto Rico is continuing to revise information on social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and on the destination website travel advisory, which also includes an easy to understand product tracker infographic, indicating the status of popular places and attractions. Visitors currently in Puerto Rico or with upcoming travel plans should contact their travel providers, lodging facilities, and local businesses directly to inquire about potential changes in operations.

With peak season rapidly approaching, Puerto Rico is an optimal choice for prospective visitors seeking a golf getaway. The golf destination continues building on its status as one of the world’s best, not only via the 18 diverse, yet complementary, courses and numerous resorts on the Island, but through many of the game’s top brands and governing bodies choosing Puerto Rico to stage high-profile championships.

The PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, R&A, and Augusta National all either currently hold an event in Puerto Rico, have recently hosted one, or have one upcoming. For example, the Latin America Amateur Championship will be held in the island for the first time in January 2023 – a joint effort by the USGA, R&A and Augusta National, with the winner earning a berth into the 2023 Masters and 2023 Open Championship.

“Puerto Rico is ideally suited for golf getaways thanks to our many courses, variety of resorts, and of course our welcoming people, eager to share the ‘Boricua’ way of life,” said Brad Dean, Chief Executive Officer, Discover Puerto Rico.

Requiring no passport from American citizens, offering dozens of direct flights daily into San Juan (SJU airport code), and accept the U.S. dollar, the Island is recognized among travelers as a preferred hassle-free destination that offers the comforts of a domestic vacation with an international allure.

Not only are the Island’s courses fun and scenic several are rated by Golfweek among the top 50 in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Atlantic Islands. They offer an array of options to suit each player’s tastes, with a range of price points, terrain features, and designs from some of the game’s greats. These include Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Fazio, Tom Kite, Rees Jones, and Gary Player.

To inquire directly about golf operations, the Island’s golf venues include:

TPC Dorado Beach (36 holes) – 787-626-1020

Costa Caribe (27) – 787-812-2650

Fort Buchanan (9) – 787-707-3980

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar (36) – 787-888-6000

Rio Bayamon (18) – 787-740-1419

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve/Coco Beach (27) – 787-657-2000

The St. Regis Bahia Beach (18) – 787-809-8000

Caguas Real (18) – 787-653-1573

Royal Isabela (18) – 787-609-5888

Deportivo del Oeste (18) – 787-851-8880

Palmas Athletic Club (36) – 787-656-3000

Punta Borinquen (18) – 787-890-2987

El Legado (18) – 787-866-8894

El Conquistador (18) – 787-863-1000

For Puerto Rico’s travel guidelines, visit https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-guidelines. For more information on island golf courses, resorts, and other destination attractions visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

Shane Sharp
Shane Sharphttp://www.southbound4.com
Shane Sharp is a longtime golf writer based in Greenville, S.C. In addition to running his content marketing business, Southbound 4, he's a regular contributor to GOLF Magazine, Golf Inc., Club Management and other golf magazines and websites.
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