Attention golf lovers: Golf in Ecuador is a must try!
Most golfers would tell you that visualization is a big part of golfing, so for those of you who have never golfed in Ecuador before, let’s close your eyes for a second and allow yourself to be transported to a sunny and warm day on a grassy field. Are you there? After a good night of sleep in your brand new house or condo in Ecuador built by holaecuador, you can now feel the breeze is rustling the leaves on the trees, you’re feeling relaxed, and you’re about to play your first round of golf in Ecuador. Aaaaaand go!
Where can you play golf in Ecuador?
Despite being only one country, Ecuador is home to diverse ecosystems that can provide the backdrop of choice to any avid golfer. Do you prefer to tee off with the snow-capped Andes surrounding you? Or perhaps you’re a little bit more of a thrill seeker, who likes their golf in Ecuador topped off with a smoking volcano backdrop? To this end, there are several different places to play golf in Ecuador.
If you prefer to stay in the busting capital city, you’ll find four different courses in Quito.
6. Costa Jama
This one is worth expanding on a little bit, as it is truly an Ecuadorian jewel, designed by Steve Smyers and bordering on the Pacific Ocean. What makes it so special? It is Ecuador’s first 18-hole course on the Pacific. Expect to see people travel here from Quito, 200 miles away, coming down from the Andes for a beachfront respite.
A true showstopper, Costa Jama boasts year-round 12 hour sunshine and over 3 miles of coast. When golfing, you start in a valley, between the Jama river and the coastline. Smyers knew what he was doing when he thoughtfully curated golfers’ journey through forest, desert, the banks of the river, bringing you, by the end, to the edge of a cliff with views of the ocean! Built using only a bulldozer and hand tools, this is rugged living at its best. Are you playing golf in Ecuador or living in an episode of Survivor? You’ll have to go see for yourself.
“Golfing” is for everyone
Not everyone loves to golf. The good news is that most golf courses in Ecuador double as retreats and getaways. This means that even if your partner or family members don’t want to golf in Ecuador, their ears will perk up and they will hop in the car the minute you say you’re going golfing. Next thing you know, you’re playing your favourite sport while they enjoy a day (or more) at a luxury spa, retreat, or perhaps the adjacent tennis club. There truly is an activity for everyone to enjoy.
Golf in Ecuador for retirees
More and more people are pinpointing Ecuador as the best spot to retire and there are many reasons why this country is the best place for retirement. Not only is it affordable, welcoming, and warm year-round, retirees can be sure to benefit from the following:
- Low cost of beachfront properties in Ecuador
- Benefits and discounts on many services and commodities
- Healthy lifestyle
- Friendly climate
Because many retirees have golf high on their to-do list, Ecuador is definitely a high contender. Although its offerings are not as diversified as those of Argentina, Brazil, or Mexico, its status as the new darling place for expats means that new courses should be opening at an increased rate. Save the number of golf courses, Ecuador is on par with Mexico and Costa Rica when it comes to real estate investments. Find out more about it in our blog post comparing Real estate in Ecuador vs real estate in Costa Rica and Mexico.
Having the budget to play golf
Of course you want to pay golf- but can you afford it? As mentioned above, Ecuador’s popularity is closely tied to its affordability and you’ll quickly see that it is one of the cheapest places to enjoy this sought-after activity. The cost of living in Ecuador is half of that of North America, so we venture to guess you’ll have a little money left over, ready to take you to the golf course!