Ready For A Challenge? Try Night Golf In Costa Rica
Requests for silence are apt to go unheeded when you peg it in the presence of howler monkeys, the cacophonous primates that make their home throughout the rain forests of Costa Rica.
Languid for much of the day, the howlers spring to life at night in all their full-throated glory, just in time for your first tee shot at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste.
From now through Nov. 23, the property is offering nocturnal golf on its Arnold Palmer-designed layout, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary that winds in and around the lush Nacascolo Forest, where the howlers and many other creatures make their homes.
Limited to four golfers, ages 12 and over, the after-dark experience begins at 6 p.m. with warmups on the range and the presentation of the night vision goggles that you’ll want to watch the animals as they watch you.
In lieu of a caddy, you’ll walk with a pull-cart (and a lantern, if you’d like) in the company of a guide who helps you navigate holes 1 and 9, the pair of par-fives that make up your two-hole round. Strings of lights line the fairways and encircle the greens. But the brightest stars are the forest-dwellers, which include not just howlers but green iguanas and raccoon-like pizotes, too.
After golf, you move on to a guided a walk along Nacascolo Beach, a pristine stretch of white sand and mangrove.
There are fewer howlers here, but keep in mind: their cries can be heard from up to three miles away.
Hey, at least they’re not yelling ‘You da man!’