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Puerto Rico golf thrives as visitors embrace island's excellence

Increased airline capacity, lodging demand underscore destination vibrancy and traveler appeal

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (July 26, 2023) – It’s been a dynamic year for golf globally – from amateur to professional ranks, travel to increasing numbers of juniors and women taking up the game – and Puerto Rico is mirroring those trends as the tropical destination proves to be one of North Americans’ favorite places to visit.

Passenger arrivals are up at airports throughout the Island, as is play at virtually all 18 courses in the biodiverse tropical paradise – a bilingual American territory where no passport is required for U.S. citizens.

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More than one-third of Puerto Rico’s courses are recognized among the top courses in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Atlantic Islands (source: “Golfweek’s Best 50 Courses”). Many are amenities of multi-amenity resorts on or near the ocean designed by marquee name golf course architects (Fazio, Kite, Norman, Trent Jones Jr. and Sr.).

Not only are Puerto Rico courses and tourism flourishing, but so is competitive golf in the Island among the amateur and professional ranks. It hosted the Latin America Amateur Championship, the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, and numerous Division I college tournaments.

With its rich golf history and the Island’s plethora of golf venues and events, it’s no wonder that Puerto Rican golfers are shining on the world golf stage.

The Puerto Rico Golf Association team qualified for the Toyota World Japan Junior Championship and won the Caribbean Junior Amateur Golf Championships in Cayman Island won. And at the Central America & Caribbean Games, Maria Fernadez Torres won a Silver Medal, a first for Puerto Rico Golf.

Complementing Puerto Rico’s golf destination are its history, food, culture, beaches, casinos, vibrant arts scene, rainforest, bioluminescent bays, and LGBQT+ friendly atmosphere.

“Coupled with the positive tourism trends that are rising for the Island, now is the time to book your visit and discover for yourself why Puerto Rico golf is increasingly being sought out by discerning players and travelers,” said Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico.

For more information about the Island, its attractions, and its travel guidelines, visit:


About Discover Puerto Rico

Discover Puerto Rico is a private, not for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO is bringing prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively positioning the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure, business and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and community at large, to empower economic growth. Visit:

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