Golf Entertainment: PGA TOUR Puerto Rico Open pres’d by Banco Popular

by JL Lewis on February 19, 2010

PGA Tournament: Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular

The Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular is held on March 8 – 14, 2010 in beautiful and tropical San Juan, Puerto Rico on the Trump International Golf Club. Trump International is a good layout with the majority of the holes presenting a challenge either off the tee or on the approach shot to some very undulating greens. The weather is tropical with windy to very windy conditions. The wind in San Juan is the major factor contributing to the outcome of each shot.  The standard wind blows 15 mph minimum and it can blow much harder.  There is always a  one-club variance, which means that if a shot is into the wind there is one club more and on downwind shots there is one club less than usual, and often times two or three clubs more are needed going into the wind.  Downwind is just as tough as upwind because the ball won’t usually stop on the dried out greens.  All of this considered, whoever wins the Puerto Rico Open will have to strike the ball solidly and have a good short game.

San Juan, Puerto Rico FortOur trips to Puerto Rico have been enjoyable and educational. One year we toured the tropical rain forest, El Yunque.  The city of San Juan is known as the “walled city” and houses some spectacular landmarks including several large forts; Fort San Cristobal, El Morro Fort, and the San Geronimo Fort. The forts are on the ocean and are home to many battles throughout history, such as the Battle of San Juan in 1595 and the Battle of Yauco in 1898. Nowadays the forts are tourist attractions containing a plethora of memorabilia from these battles.

San Juan, Peurto RicoThe city of San Juan is fun to walk around. The colorful streets are lined with tall buildings and local artists and crafstmen who sell their eclectic trades on nearly every corner.  The food is outstanding!  However, we had difficulty ordering since we had a limited spanish vocabulary. At one meal we were surprised to find an entire fish; fins, mouth, eyes and all on the plate in front of us, when we thought we’d ordered a vegetarian dish! The people who live there are friendly and the cultural experiences are too many to count.

The resort where we stay during the week of the Puerto Rico Open is the Gran Melia Puerto Rico, located on the Trump International Golf Club. The resort is outstanding with a complete spa and many restaurants using local flavor, such as the Nami Asian Bistro, Tempo, and Cafe Soleil, not to mention the beautiful ocean view right outside the door!  Living on an island must be good for people because everyone we run into while we are there seems to be enjoying themselves. The Puerto Rico Open is great golf entertainment and we are looking forward to being a part of it this year.

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