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San Buenas Asphalt

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San Buenas Asphalt Project

For several years there have been rumors of the paving of the principal road in San Buenaventura. We are happy to report that the San Buenas Asphalt Project is underway! In fact, we produced a short two-minute video in 2018 when most people in the area believed the work would be starting.

We reviewed publicly available planning committee budgets and notes throughout 2019 and saw the funds had been earmarked for the project. However, Costa Rica has spent a tremendous amount of money recently rebuilding bridges and improving other large infrastructure projects in the area, and we weren't sure if the San Buenas Asphalt project was going to be done in 2019 or not.

Why now?

The federal government and local government have made a continued effort to improve education in Costa Rica. Not just improvement in the classrooms, but access to the classrooms. Over the past couple of years the elementary school in San Buenaventura received overnight lighting, fencing around the whole property and a new set of bathrooms. Once the schools had been improved, providing better access to schools via roads became a priority. In San Buenaventura the asphalt goes from the Costanera Highway to the edge of the property line of the school.

One reason for going past the school entrance and all the way to the edge of the property line is for health reasons. Gravel roads kick up a lot of dust and asthma is a common problem for children in Costa Rica. By putting asphalt on the roads immediately outside the school the amount of dust will be greatly decreased.

Benefit to Homeowners in the Area

We manage, and offer, quite a few homes in the San Buenaventura-Tres Rios area that will greatly benefit from the San Buenas Asphalt Project. Click on the photo of the property below to learn more about each vacation rental property option that directly benefits from the new road surface.

Villas San Buenas and San Buenas Golf/Osa Golf Course are two developments in San Buenaventura that will benefit greatly from this work. The road will be paved to within 300 meters of the boundary to Villas San Buenas and within 100 meters to the entrance of Osa Golf Course.

Casa Lapas
Osa Golf Condo
Casa Cusinga
Vista al Cielo 1
Vista al Cielo 2
Villa Cascadas
Casa Trogon
Casa Tinamou
Casa Kingfisher

Below are photos from September 2, 2019.

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Osa, Costa Rica, Alcalde (Mayor) Alberto Cole and the road building team

Back in December 2018 we made a video when it first appeared that the road project would be started. It turned out this was just a regularly scheduled maintenance project. However, at that time, other locals and business owners had heard the San Buenas Asphalt project was moving forward.

Improved Infrastructure

The San Buenas asphalt project is another visible and wonderful improvement in the infrastructure in the Tres Rios-San Buenas area. Over the past two years Ojochal and Coronado have been paved. It only made sense for San Buenaventura to be next.

Everyone in the area is thrilled with the new road. The one important thing to keep in mind, however, is that there are still plenty of children in the area to not speed when driving on the new road.

Stay safe! Pura vida!

Nick Halverson

September 3, 2019


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Osa Golf Update

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Osa Golf Update

We met with one of the new administrators and have an Osa Golf Update for our readers. We recently spent over an hour with one of the three new administrators of the only golf course in the southern pacific zone. It used to be called San Buenas Golf Resort but now it is called Osa Golf Course. The time we spent with George was productive and we are extremely optimistic about golfing in the Osa region.

Osa Golf Update Plans for Low Season 2019

According to George, the course will have several significant changes from the previous administration of the golf course. Below are some of the most important and relevant changes about the Osa Golf Update:

1. Open to public seven days a week. Previously the golf course was only open six days a week. In theory the course was always open to the public, although it was never officially known. The new owners have made it clear that YES! the course is open to EVERYBODY who wants to play.

2. More affordable to play. The new price to play a round of golf at Osa Golf Course, for the low season 2019, has been decreased from $60 to only $25. In addition, all-day passes can be purchased for $40 per day. For golfers who want to rent an electric golf cart those are available for only $15 per person. These prices are for the low (rainy) season 2019. Prices will increase in late 2019 or early 2020 for the high-season. The exact pricing for the upcoming high-season is not yet known or published.

Other Changes and Information for Osa Golf Update

New Signage in Osa Region

New management will start to aggressively promote Osa Golf Course. Per my earlier blog post, I always felt that the course has been under-promoted. Some of the newly planned promotion of Osa Golf Course includes more, and new, signage from Quepos to Palmar Norte. In fact, yesterday, August 20, I saw one of the new signs put up on the Costanera Highway between Palmar Norte and Osa Golf Course. It is our understanding there will multiple signs on the Costanera Highway promoting the golf course.

New Scorecards

New Osa Golf Course scorecards will be designed and handed out throughout the zone.

New Signage on the Golf Course

We were shown one of the new custom made tee box maps. Each hole has their own custom made signage.

What Stays the Same at Osa Golf Course

Osa Golf Course will keep using the existing office and golf cart storage area.


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Osa Golf Course is New Name

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Osa Golf is the New Name of San Buenas Golf Course

Osa Golf Course is the new name of what used to be known as San Buenas Golf Course in the San Buenas Golf Resort. The reason for the name change is that the golf course is under new management. The real estate development itself is still owned and operated primarily by Robert Frazier and the development is keeping its name of San Buenas Golf Resort (I think).

We are still managing a condominium that is available for vacation rental at the development however. Neither Osa Property Management nor the owners of the condo, have received all the details yet.

New Management Team at Osa Golf

As I understand it today, the new management team consists of three investors. They are an investor who also owns a condominium unit at the resort, an outside investor and the current Osa Golf Course Superintendent. The three of them all have a vested financial interested in the success of the golf course.

My Thoughts on the 'Old Course'

San Buenas Golf Resort is a beautifully designed course with plenty of challenging holes to play. In fact, I've 'donated' (translated = lost) several dozen golf balls while playing the course throughout the years.

I've known a variety of people involved with the golf course throughout the years. I believe that they are great builders and operators. Where their skill set was lacking, in my opinion, was in the marketing and the promotion of the course. Up to a couple of years ago, the course was always in pristine condition. It was beautiful to play and to enjoy, but few people seemed to know more than the general idea of where it was actually located. I also felt the pricing was prohibitive and out of line for a nine-hole course. Keep in mind, this is not a Par-3 course of nine holes, it  is a world-class designed course.  However, I believe to attract customers and new players in the area, pricing should always be evaluated and adjusted as needed. I felt the last couple of years it really seemed to lose its energy. Collectively, all of these issues meant that there was never too many players on the course. That's great if you like to golf, but it is an unsustainable business model.

There are several reasons for this but suffice to say that the current management team was simply tired and run down in my opinion.

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Osa Golf Course is the new name of San Buenas Golf Resort.

My Expectations on the 'New Course'

I am very excited and optimistic about the new operational and ownership structure of the golf course. We are still learning more about some of the proposed ideas and improvements, but there is a rekindled passion being put forth. As many of you already know, I own 150 acres immediately adjacent to San Buenas Golf Resort (Villas San Buenas). It has always been my hope that the course would increase marketing and promote the region a bit more. That would be a true 'win-win' for everyone in the community. The successes of Osa Golf Course and of Villas San Buenas, with its 100+ lots, can benefit each other.

One advantage of the new management is that they are focused exclusively on the golf course and the customer experience. They will not have the responsibility or the distractions associated with the development of the real estate. As a developer of 150 acres, I can tell you there are many things that can distract you. The people involved at Osa Golf live full-time in, or near, Osa Golf Course. This proximity allows them to work, to see and to experience the course daily.  They have a truly financial and time interest in the success of the golf course. That investment increases the likelihood of success. I look forward to hopefully working with them to see if there's anything us neighbors can do to help each other.

I wish the new management team of Osa Golf Course wonderful success!!

Sincerely,

Nick Halverson

August 15, 2019

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