Rio Mar - Ocean
Nice warm up course
When it rains Rio Mar holds the water. Cart path only and muddy fairways were present on 6 holes. Course layout is nice. I have played here for the past 19 years, but the course is showing some wear. Several greens were in burned and tired. Overall a good place to start your golfing trip on the Island.
November 13, 2014
This was my first time playing in PR. The course was in good condition. No noticeable defects. There were 2 small areas near greens under construction but did not factor into play at all. The course is mainly flat but lots of dog legs, and some strategic bunkers . The signature #16 was beautiful on the left (ocean) but there is a high rise being constructed on the right, slightly distracting.
Pace was very slow. I was a single player and it took me 4 hours and 40 min for the round.
The staff was good, spoke English well. The starter was very friendly. He actually moved some carts for me so I could park, as there was no parking spots when I arrived (course was busy and lot is small). The driving range was large and not busy. The girls at the bar inside the club were friendly, helpful, and easy on the eyes.
My favorite part about this course was all the iguanas running around freely! They were really cool to watch.
Note that this course does NOT accept cash anywhere except inside the clubhouse bar. All outdoor snack stands, and all beverage carts are credit card only. Kind of strange to me, but Maybe it is an island thing?
Overall this is a great course and I will definitely recommend it and play it again.
November 3, 2014
Need so better care of the greens.
Food and beverage and course assistance could improve.
After all great course design and atmosphere. Nice surroundings.
Not very far from the city, only 25 minutes by car.
October 19, 2014
We will go back!
The golf course was I. fairly decent shape for a hot weather place. the staff was very friendly and ready to help you. The range balls were included with the round. The only observation that I have was that for an ocean course, the ocean was visible only in 1 of the holes. I asked for an Arnold Palmer, they only had a snapple. I will still recommend this well groomed and picturesque course to others.
October 19, 2014
Flora and fauna muy bonita
The economy in Puerto Rico is depressed and that is evident at this resort and golf club. I do like the Ocean course more than the River course. It is more scenic which takes your mind off of the crumbling cart paths and plywood patched bridges. They had plenty of staff which I was happy to see and except for the old caballero in the snack snack they were neither friendly nor helpful. While I live and work in PR full time they don't allow a resident rate for my situation which is disappointing
June 15, 2014
Course good. Second nine pitifully slow. This "ocean course" only has one ocean hole and the view is blocked until you are almost on the green.
May 4, 2014
Not worth the price
I played both ocean and river course. Paid $139 on Golf now, regular price is $165 and up for 18 holes. The local resident rate is only $65, which is more in line fir what this course should charge.
The name ocean course is misleading, for 17 holes you do not see the ocean, there is only one hole by the beach next to the Whydham property. The river course is actually better layout and more challenging. The course is relatively flat with little or no elevation.
April 14, 2014
The Ocean course could use more beach time
Truth be told, I didn't have time to play the course while on the island for the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, but I did drive a cart to tour and photograph almost every hole.
The Ocean course is more compelling and fun than the River. Unfortunately, it only visits the beach once for a strong back-nine par-3. The hole has been enclosed by the development of condos and buildings that take away from the scene.
This isn't one of the must-plays of Puerto Rico - those are Royal Isabela and Dorado Beach East - but if you've got time for a game or are staying at the resort, it is a good option.
March 9, 2014