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El Tamarindo Golf Course
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Jr. and David Flemming

Architects Robert Trent Jones Jr. and David Flemming created a masterpiece when they were given the run of this sublime site in a vast ecological preserve.

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There is not one flawed hole on this 6,682-yard, par-72 course, and no less than fourteen holes could qualify for signature status!

The thrills of El Tamarindo begin immediately at the 371-yard, par-four 1st.  A blind tee shot must be played to the left to avoid the encroaching barranca.  The 3rd hole is a mesmerizing par-four that runs straight out to the beach, with a green flanked by side and back bunkers.

Before dismissing this as an overstatement, try them for yourself and let us know.  Six is a stout, 472-yard par-four from an elevated tee with a slight dogleg left.

On the challenging, par-five 7th, a double dogleg, one can cut off some of the first dogleg, but specimen trees prevent any shortcuts on the second.  The short par-four 8th is pure magic owing to its very elevated tee, long carry over a marass of wild bushes to the fairway far, far below, and a trap-protected green framed by the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

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After the breathtaking majesty tee of the par-three 9th.  This promontory perch looks down toward a shallow green and a rousing stretch of untamed, rocky coastline.  Hit a few shots from here ... it will be a while before one comes upon a hole like this again.
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We stopped at the open-air, thatch-roofed snack bar at the turn and found another unexpected treat, delicious guacamole, exquisite mahi-mahi ceviche, and the best Margarita Sunrise served in the whole whole state of Jalisco, the home of tequila! 
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We then resumed out our movable feast for the final nine holes, highlighted by the extraordinary par-five 18th, where water beside teh green makes for a precarious approach.

To reap the glories of El Tamarindo, linger on the greens and take in the fresh ocean breezes and the tranquil views- one need not rush at this club.  When we played in December, we did not see another golfer the entire day!  Even on busy days, El Tamarindo entertains only about eighty golfers.

El Tamarindo is well irrigated and, from tee to green, the Bermuda grass is exquisitely conditioned.  Jones and Flemming have accomplished marvelous things with El Tamarindo's greens.  They are expertly cut, and although not at PGA speed, they are certainly fast enough.  Note: Heed the warnings into venture into the bush to look for wayward golf balls, lest one come upon snakes and other jungle creatures!

Golf Rating: 20
(GOLF ODYSSEY MAGAZINE - February 2000)

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