Santa Ana Golf Tournament kicks off Friday

From the print edition

The Valle del Sol Golf Course opens its bird-friendly green to competitors of all ages this weekend for one of its longest running golf traditions. The Valle del Sol Cup has been held since 2002, and organizers say each year the competition, prizes and camaraderie only get better.

Located in Pozos de Santa Ana, west of San José, the Valle del Sol community features tennis and golf facilities and academies. The golf course is home to hundreds of birds, and has been Audubon-certified as a wildlife sanctuary. 

This weekend’s golf tournament has five categories: professionals, champions, amateurs A, amateurs B and ladies. Awards include six months of golf course usage, plane tickets to the United States and various golf accessories.

“This cup is special because it is a very select group of competitors with a variety of skill levels,” said Christian Morera, golf director at Valle del Sol. The roster for the tournament is already full, but the public is welcome to attend, Morera said.

Leonardo Pinto is general manager with Habitasul Group, real estate agency for the Valle del Sol community. He said this golf cup is steeped in tradition and participants take the competition very seriously. “This is one of the most awaited tournaments in the country,” Pinto said. “And this July’s weather has the golf course at its best.”

Friday evening, a cocktail will be held for participants and the golfing commences at 7 a.m. Saturday. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday. In the evenings, the Cuban band Chocolate will be performing.

Bridgestone, United Airlines and The Tico Times are some of the many Valle del Sol Cup sponsors.  Look for The Tico Times booth, where copies of the paper and subscriptions will be on sale.