Golf legend Arnold Palmer was enlisted as the architect here by the Four Seasons Golf Club Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in 2004. The Four Seasons complex includes an excellent 155-room hotel. Palmer's canvas, a site in the northwest of the country on the Pacific coast, is unsurpassed in golf for scenic beauty. The course, a 6788-yard par 72, makes use of a special kind of evergreen turf that is watered by seawater in an environmentally friendly way and creates excellent putting greens. Some long drives will be necessary to traverse the lush flora between holes, but the hazards are clearly visible. A standout hole is the 17th, which extends 163 yards across a forested valley to a well-bunkered green. Amenities include a gorgeous clubhouse that overlooks the sea and nearby Monkey Head Island, and ice-cold towels to aid recovery from a round on especially hot days.