Pro golfer sponsored by penthouse owner

Steve Ihm at 360Flamingo

 

Flamingo is synonymous with world class fishing, beachside luxury, and laid back vibes. However, aside from sports fishing interests, golf culture runs deep within many of the condo owners at the Splendor del Pacifico Residences.  Many penthouse and condo owners hold golf club memberships in prestigious clubs such as Roaring Fork Club in Colorado.

It was, therefore, fitting that a penthouse owner of the 360 Residences sponsored Pro golfer Steven Ihm for the first PGA Latin American tournament held in Costa Rica. The 6th edition of this PGA Latin American Tour made its first appearance in Costa Rica at the Reserva Conchal golf course for this year.

Steven Ihm, a University of Iowa graduate, spent his first visit to Costa Rica on a complimentary stay in Flamingo while competing at the tournament, the Essential Costa Rica Classic.

 

Golfing at the Essential Costa Rica Classic

Welcome sign to Essential Costa Rica Classic golf tournament

 

We join him on an uncharacteristically rainy day on the fourth day of the seven-day tournament. He is staying at the Round House guesthouse owned by 360 Flamingo, located at the entrance to the Splendor del Pacifico Residences project.

With his round called off until the rain subsides, he is chilling out on a hammock overlooking the white sands of Playa Flamingo. The view, while spectacular, is peanuts compared to the vistas of the currently being decorated penthouse of his sponsor.

At age 25, this is Steven’s second year of the Latin American circuit where this year, he hopes to qualify for Web.com PGA Tour next year.

When he isn’t on tour between the 11 or more countries of the Latin American circuit, Steven plays at notable golf clubs such as Finkbine Golf Course and Blue Top Ridge in Iowa.

His impressions of the golf course at Reserva Conchal? It’s a fun layout with a well-maintained course.

As the first PGA tournament to hosted in Costa Rica, sponsors of the event, Essential Costa Rica, the country’s overseas tourism brand, have put a good show and handled the uncharacteristic rainy weather quite well.

Flamingo’s all about the food, no trouble

Between tee times, the 360 Flamingo team has taken Steven out for a few meals around the town. For him, Flamingo Beach and its surrounding areas stand out from all the other Latin American countries in one respect.

Flamingo Beach has the most consistently good food out of all the other cities he’s been to while on tour in Latin America for two years in a row. High praise considering the range of countries the tour passes through, like Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, all renowned for their cuisine.

Not only did Steven eat well, he even caught his own food when he went out spearfishing with guesthouse manager and sales team rep, Harold Guerrero.

 

Exactly where?

 

During a visit to the 360 construction site, Steve points to one of the small offshore islands visible from the terrace of his sponsor’s ‘Islands in the Sky’ penthouse.

Scoping out his sponsor’s penthouse he affirmed: “I think he picked the right one.”

Golfing around Flamingo Beach

Steve Ihm practising on the golf course at Reserva Conchal
Steven Ihm practicing on the golf course at Reserva Conchal

With the final days of the tournament ahead, after the site visit, we follow Steven down to Reserva Conchal on one of his practice time slots.

At 7,021-yards, this par-71, 18-hole  championship golf course is one of the best in Costa Rica. Steven particularly likes it for its versatile par-5’s that allow for a good score with well-executed shots. As a private course, outside the tournament, the Reserva Conchal golf course is accessible to private homeowners and guests of the Reserva Conchal resort only.  

However, further down the coast,  is the Hacienda Pinilla course, an open course run by the JW Marriot, 45mins drive south of Playa Flamingo. For those wanting to putt a few holes along the picturesque coastline, at $75 for nine holes and $150 for 18 holes, you can enjoy a morning or afternoon down a bit south. Along the way, you can enjoy the Tamarindo shopping and the Playa Grande surf before returning to the quiet, chilled out Flamingo.

Like Steven says, this is a great place to spend your vacation!