Top Golf Courses of Panama City
Whatever your reason for being in Panama, why not get in a round of golf while you’re here. Within close proximity of downtown Panama City, you have a number of options to choose from, whether you want an easy 9 hole executive course or you’re looking for a challenge on a luxury Jack Nicklaus course.
Let’s breakdown the differences between the courses available and what you need to know before scheduling your tee times. I’m only discussing courses around Panama City. If you get the chance I definitely recommend checking out the courses around Buenaventura (approx. 2 hours from the city) that also offers a Nicklaus Design course.
Tucan Country Club
Located on the west side of the Panama Canal, this course is probably my favorite because it offers a number of challenging holes, varied landscape, spectacular views of the ships transiting the canal in the background, as well as the roaming bar cart. An 18 hole, the greens are well maintained and the back nine offers some real challenging curves and obstacles. The drive from downtown is only about 20 min. There is a pool, spa, restaurant, and bar here so no rush to leave. Tucan offers a rain check policy if you tee off before 2pm in addition to club rentals at $40 if necessary. Carts are included in the green fee which varies, but expect to pay around $70-80.
18 holes, 72-par, 6,618 yards
Club rentals- yes
Difficulty - intermediate
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Summit Golf Course
Lions, tigers, and bears – oh my, are not what you’ll find here, but you could run into a monkey, crocodile, or two. The presumptive rainforest golf course of Panama City, Summit is located on the east side of the Panama Canal north of the city by about 20 min. Not as well maintained as Tucan or Santa Maria, this course could present additional obstacles than only those intended. Because the course is surrounded by jungle the humidity level can be intense so I recommend only playing this course in the early morning or twilight hours. This is probably one of the oldest courses in Panama, opening in the 1930’s as a recreational course for US military serving abroad.
18 holes, 72-par, 6,626 yards
Club rentals - yes
Santa Maria Country Club
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