Besides scuba diving, snorkeling and the usual water activities, another sport that sits well in the laid-back atmosphere of Guam is golf. Golfing in Guam simply highlights the country’s soothing weather and lush green forests. Golf has always been considered a game that requires the most beautiful greens, surroundings, and weather. Guam has all of these.
Guam is unlike any other country in the world. As a US territory, the island is generally clean, well maintained and very orderly. It is home to world-class beaches and dive sites, interesting World War II mementos and sites, and a number of endangered species. Located above the equator, between the Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea, Guam enjoys comfortable weather all year round. The Pacific breeze and tropical sun make a perfect combination, maintaining temperatures between 70°F and 80°F throughout the year. It is never very hot or humid.
Guam is an island of breath-taking sceneries surrounded by tropical jungles and spectacular limestone cliffs. The air is always filled with the sound of the sea and chirping birds. Now imagine playing golf in the middle of all these.
Guam takes golf seriously. It is a tiny country with a total land area of only 212 square miles, and yet there are seven world-class golf courses scattered all over the island. It is surely a golfer’s paradise. All the courses were designed by world renowned Japanese and American golfers.
The seven golf courses in Guam are the following. There are four 9-hole golf courses within Leo Palace Golf Resort. Two of the courses were designed by Arnold Palmer and one by Jack Nicklaus; the Talafofo golf course with 18 holes was designed by nine top golfers in the world, each of whom designed two holes. The nine senior golfers are Ben Hogan, Sam Sneed, Billy Casper, Doug Ford, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gene Sarazen, Bob Toski, Orville Moody, and Gene Littler; and then there’s Mangilao Country Club golf course that was designed by Robin Nelson.
In the “Asia-Pacific Golf” magazine, George Fuller described Mangilao Country Club as one of the best golf courses in the Pacific, if not the world. Located on top of a cliff overlooking the wide Pacific Ocean, this is truly one of the most breathtaking spots in the world to play golf.
And by the way, Leo Palace Golf Resort is more than just about golf. It also has more than 100 condominium units, a swimming pool and a few tennis courts.
Other golf clubs and resorts in Guam are the Country Club of the Pacific, Alte Guam Golf Resort, Guam International Country Club, and Windward Hills Country Club. With greens fees and cart rental beginning at $80, everyone is welcome to try these Guam golf courses. Beginners and professionals, and even the mere curious, are invited to try and enjoy golfing. The courses are all easy to access since Guam is fairly small. No two golf courses are 20 minutes apart or away from the major hotels by car. Golfing in Guam truly has its own special character and appeal.