You don’t often see PGA (Professional Golf Association) and Central America in the same sentence. Until recently you never saw that acronym associated with Honduras: until Indura Resort opened there wasn’t a professional 18-hole course in the entire country.
They made up for lost time with this one, on a stunning course designed by Gary Player and managed by Troon Golf, based in the USA. This is a true championship course on the ground, with plenty of challenging holes and a lot of distance to cover. It definitely challenged my very average abilities and there were a lot of water hazards willing to swallow up my errant shots.
The 2016 PGA Honduras Open winner made it look easy though, scoring 16 under par in four rounds. The 18th hole is a 557-yard par-five and Texan Sam Fidone was down by one stroke before he teed off. He got to the green quickly though, sunk a long putt, and won the tournament with that eagle.
The real joy of playing here though is what you see around you while you’re on the move and sizing up your club options. The course sits on 180 acres of land. That alone provides a far different experience than you get with many newer courses that have fairways wedged in close together to maximize the available space. Several holes are facing the Caribbean waters of Tela Bay, where there’s a stretch of beach extending more than 20 miles. When you’re not looking out at water, you’re looking at a mountain range backdrop on the horizon.
Sustainability was top of mind and you’ll see multiple lagoons and wild spaces to allow wildlife to share the space. The course also uses Platinum Paspalum turf grass, which needs less water to provide premium playing conditions.
Service is the strong point here, with a well-staffed clubhouse, a pro shop, and a caddy going out with every cart to give tips and keep the clubs clean. There’s also a bilingual pro on site who can provide lessons and there’s a driving range for warming up.
The one odd thing on this course that you don’t normally see on a PGA Championship one is two sets of flags—one in a very large hole. No, that’s not for beginners, but for those playing foot golf. In a part of the world where soccer players outnumber golfers about 1,000 to 1, the idea of kicking a soccer ball toward a hole instead gets a lot of interest.
When the round is done, you can get a drink on site or head back to the hotel for a sports massage at the fine spa. With the Indura Resort being relatively small and the golf course a good hour and a half from any sizable city, you won’t be crowded at either place.