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Puerto Rico features 22 golf courses—many of them known the world over for their different levels of difficulty and their exquisitep-023-cred-pr-tourism-co communion with nature. They are favored by the hundreds of players who attend the international-caliber tournaments held locally each year. It’s no wonder that we are known as the Island of Golf!

Puerto Rico has excellent golf courses that attract local and international golfers. Add to them other attractions such as our tropical climate that allows people to practice the sport year-round, plus excellent hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. Furthermore, each local golf course showcases the island’s beauty from different perspectives.

Along with a growing number of local golfers, there is increased participation by top-ranking international professional golfers in major local tournaments such as the Puerto Rico Open—which every year attracts renowned professional players and focuses worldwide fans’ attention on our island through tournament broadcasts on the Golf Channel, as well as through event coverage on traditional and social media.

p-022-cred-pr-tourism-coLast year this sporting event made it possible for Czech athlete and Germany resident Alex Cejka to win his first Puerto Rico Golf Association PGA Tour title. According to the data provided,the prizes for last year’s Puerto Rico Open were $3 million and the winner received a $540,000 prize.

Everything is in place for the next Puerto Rico Open to be held in March 24-27, 2016 at the Coco Beach golf course in Río Grande. This event has earned our island an enviable spot among the top golf destinations in the Caribbean and around the world.

Another important tournament is the Puerto Rico Junior Open, which takes place in Río Grande and promotes golf among young people. Last year, young golfer Andrew Kozan from Florida, and a member of the Eagles Dream Golf Academy, won the event. This sport not only acknowledges the pros’ feats but also offers opportunities for amateurs and those who are developing their skills. As a matter of fact, the team of young amateur players representing Puerto Rico in the 2015 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf tournament won the Hanks James award for the eighth year in a row.