Contributed by: Don WinnerSurrounded by Panama's exotic flora and fauna of the region, and tucked up against virgin rain forest, the Summit Golf & Resort Championship golf course is a paradise of elegance mixed with comfort for the enjoyment of all the visitors. The course is located close to Panama City in the Republic of Panama in Central America. The course was originally opened in 1934 for the enjoyment of the administrators, managers and engineers responsible for the operation of the Panama Canal. The course has been completely designed and renovated to World Class standards, and is now the best golf course in Panama. Summit Golf & Resort is strategically located on the East bank of the Panama Canal on the Gaillard Highway, and is only an easy 20-minute drive from downtown Panama City.
About Summit Golf & Resort: Surrounded by the representative exotic flora and fauna of the region, Summit Golf & Resort is a paradise of elegance mixed with comfort for the enjoyment of all the visitors. Located in Panama City in the Republic of Panamá, Summit Golf & Resort started operations on October 1999 with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Tournament.
The Summit Golf & Resort Club is committed to maintaining its status as a prominent golf club in the Republic of Panama and in the World. The club seeks to ensure that the ongoing needs of its members and guests are fulfilled through continuous improvement to its facilities and services. Our vision is to provide excellence in golfing facilities and the associated services offered in our Club House.
Location and Getting There: The world-class Summit Golf & Resort is strategically located on the East bank of the Panama Canal on Gaillard Highway and is only at 20 minutes drive from downtown Panama.
To get to Summit Golf & Resort from Panama City, take the Northern Corridor and follow signs toward the new Centennial Bridge across the Panama Canal. Exit the highway to the right before crossing the bridge, following signs toward Gamboa. The entrance to Summit is on your right-hand side, about one-half mile from the highway interchange.
From the area of the old Canal Zone, go straight past Ft. Clayton on the Gaillard Highway and keep going past the entrance to the Miraflores Locks, the Pedro Miguel Locks, and past the interchange for the access road to the new Centennial Bridge. The entrance to Summit is about one-half mile further down on the right. The entrance to Summit is located at GPS coordinates: 9.02.808 North 79.38.189 West.
About Our Golf Course: The course is a 6,626 yard, par 72 championship course designed by noted American golf course architect Jeffrey Myers. The course is set on rolling hills over looking the famous Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal and the "Camino de Cruces" National Park.
The layout features multiple tee boxes, generous landing areas and moderately contoured putting surfaces. The facility also features a full service practice and a six-hole par three course for kids. The greens are Tifdwarf Bermuda Grass and the course is maintained in world class condition.
More than eight kilometers of concrete cart paths provide easy access to the entire course during the rainy season. The course was designed to efficiently drain heavy rains and return the course to a playable condition as quickly as possible. A round will take approximately four to five hours to play. Saturdays are our busiest days, but you can either send and email or call to reserve your tee-time as much as one week in advance and you will be assured to play. We entertain several major tournaments every year.
The Summit Golf Academy: Our mission is to to promote the practice of golf among all social classes and ages, to provide qualified professional teaching and develop the maximum potential of each player.
Our academy has the tools, technology and facilities to help you learn and improve your golf skills. We can develop a plan suitable for all levels and for all ages. We strongly believe that practice, along with the proper professional instruction, is the key to achieve your goals. An excellent group of qualified PGA professionals, who under a specific and well structured system, will guide you to reach the desired level within a determined period of time. We use an innovative evaluation method that allows each student to have a clear understanding of his current level, his goals to achieve, and the method to obtain them.
Swing Analysis System
Teaching Aids: We are equipped with a computerized Swing Analysis System of the latest technology, an indoor simulator, Club Fitting System and practice aids. This computerized equipment is a wonderful tool to help reduce the uncertainty that is created between the swing sensation and the actual action. Through the use of instant video, computer analysis, it is possible to identify the errors and goals to achieve. Additionally it helps in the evaluation of the changes and progress made.
Our Golf Facilities: We have the best professional 18 hole golf course in Panama, covered driving range, par 3 practice and beginners course, indoor teaching facility, golf simulator for club fittings or teaching, and the best equipped Pro-Shop in Panama.
Young Students on the Driving Range
We can arrange a variety of packages at flexible hours for your convenience, and work around your busy schedule. We offer individual lessons, group lessons and clinics, as well as intensive full time VIP programs from 1 to 5 days. All can include Hotel, transportation and meals for our out of the area customers. We can custom design programs aimed at: Corporations – groups – individuals – beginners – children – tourist – schools – universities – Business men and women. Additionally we offer seminars and golf clinics.
Six-hole Junior Golf Course
Summit's 6-Hole Junior Golf Course It was created for the delight of little golfers. Next to the 18th hole of the professional Golf Course, this nice piece of land allows kids to have a tremendous experience.
ProShop: From unique Panamanian gifts to golf accessories, from custom fitted clubs to the latest fashion wear, the ProShop at the Summit Golf & Resort combines quality merchandise with personalized service. We carry all of the most important golf brands such as: Titleist, Ping, Footjoy, Callaway, Adams, Greg Norman, Ashworth, Nicklaus, US Kids Golf, Reebok, Nike, Never Compromise, Carbite Golf, Gant, Lacoste and many others. The Summit Golf & Resort Pro Shop is the largest and best stocked pro-shop in the country. Our spacious ProShop is a visitor's first stop for enjoyable shopping.
The pool at the Summit Clubhouse
Views Restaurant: The finest but casual cuisine in Panama is served at Views, an elegant restaurant, overlooking the flora of the region. Views waits for you from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Mulligan's Sports Bar: Clubhouse sandwiches and a full bar are available at the "Mulligan's Sports Bar". Happy Hour specials are just one of many great reasons to visit Mulligan's. The view from Mulligans is awesome, overlooking the Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal and part of the 18-Hole Golf Course. Mulligan's is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.