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Here are some of the golf courses you can play in the Caribbean

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - The North Sound Golf Club - par 71

North Sound Golf Club, Grand Cayman

This is the islands' only 18-hole championship golf course and its sun-drenched greens are set against the stunning blues of the crystal clear waters of the North Sound and the Caribbean sky.
The course design takes advantage of the prevailing ocean breeze and the abundance of water and sand. Conveniently located opposite the fabled Seven Mile Beach, it offers challenging play and panoramic views of the North Sound. The native foliage includes mahogany, coconut palms and silver thatch. You will see several species of native birds and it is not uncommon to share the fairway and greens with sunbathing iguanas of all sizes.

Last updated March 2010

Montego Bay, Jamaica - The White Witch - par 71

The White Witch, Montego Bay, Jamaica The White Witch, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean, the White Witch was named after the 19th century beauty, Annee Palmer, who owned the sugar plantation on which the course stands. From the first tee, you look down the fairway and know that you are in for something special! It is a par-5 which drops abruptly off the tee to a canted fairway and then climbs steeply past a succession of huge bunkers on the right to a small tabletop green which is tucked out of sight. It is the most daunting hole on the course from the tee and one of the prettiest.
The course has dramatic elevation changes, hairpin turns, swirling mountain winds and panoramic views of the Caribbean (16 of the 18 holes have sea views). All in all, it is a ‘must-play’ course and it appeals to all levels of golfers as there are different tees to suit everyone’s game!

Last updated March 2010

Antigua - Cedar Valley Golf Club, par 70

Photograph of Cedar Valley Golf Club

This course is located just a short drive from St John's, Antigua's lively capital. It is the oldest of the golf courses on the island and has hosted the Eastern Caribbean Golf Championship. Every October, the annual Antigua Open is played on it which draws the Caribbean top professional golfers. The front nine holes are a bit rough and rocky on the edges with some frustrating uphill tee shots. The first few greens are particularly tight and narrow, so you may need a mulligan or two!

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Last updated April 2009

Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) - Guavaberry Golf and Country Club - par 72

Photograph of Guavaberry Golf & Country Club

The Guavaberry Golf and Country Club is a 45-minute drive from the port of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. This excellent golf course, designed by Gary Player, features gently sloping hllsides, rock formations, roller-coaster greens, indigenous flora, wide fairways and huge waste bunkers. In addition to traditional sand bunders, there are natural traps created around the coral formations that are naturally present in the area.

A guavaberry is a fruit that produces a liqueur with a bittersweet taste and is seen throughout the course. Similarly, you will see the grand Corozo Palm which is historically significant for its fine oil and hard nut. A choice of five tees means that every level of player, from golf professional to novice, will enjoy their visit to Guavaberry.

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Last updated February 2007

Curaçao Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, par 72

Photograph of the 5th hole

Blue Bay Curaçao covers an expansive and unspoilt area of hills, sea, rocks and beach and is a lovely setting for a golf course. It is 6,735 yards long, par 72 and was established in 1999. The holes are partly amidst an old plantation and partly alongside the cliffs of the Caribbean sea. In particular, the 5th hole, a par 3, and the 18th are spectacular as they are next to the ocean. Trade winds usually come into play, challenging golfers of all levels.

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Last updated February 2007

 

 


Antigua, Jolly Harbour Golf Club, 5,587 yards, par 71

Photograph of Jolly Harbour golf course

Jolly Harbour is a par 71 course designed by golf course architect Karl Litton of Florida. It is part of the largest marina, golf and beach resort in the Caribbean. Set in tropical parkland, there are seven lakes to negotiate and it is a very enjoyable course to play. It is on the west side of the island, south of St John’s, Antigua’s capital.

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Last updated March 2008

 


Aruba - Tierra del Sol - par 71

Photograph of Tierra del Sol Spa and Country Club

This is a challenging championship course of stunning beauty close to the shoreline of the Caribbean. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the emerald green of the course meanders past a rugged moonscape of rocky shore and then heads inland through a landscape of cacti, rock and divi-divi trees, which always lean west with the wind. Iguanas and sometimes wild goats find their way onto the course. It is worth remembering that, what might seem like a slight breeze from the tee, is, in fact, a stiff wind which can cost 20 or 30 yards of carry which can take you by surprise!

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Last updated April 2008

Tobago - Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club - par 72

Tobago Plantations is a PGA designed course to championship standards. Carl Mason holds the course record when he went round in 64 in the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic in 2004. He went on to win the tournament which was a record-equalling fourth consecutive victory on the European Seniors Tour.

Developed on the Lowlands Estate, which was originally a sugar plantation and later planted with coconut palms, this stunning golf course is 7,005 yards long. It was designed with the environment in mind. Care is taken to protect the wildlife and its habitat in its lakes, woodland copses, beaches, mangroves and wild grasses.

A 9 hole, par 3 course, the Sugar Mill, is also planned for the area.

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Last updated March 2007

Barbados - Barbados Golf Club - par 72

Photograph of Barbados Golf Club

The original Barbados Golf and Country Club was designed and built in 1974. Then, it was approved and sanctioned by the PGA European Tour to host a PGA Seniors Tournament in 2002. Ron Kirby, one of the most respected and experienced golf course architects in the world, redesigned this course to be fair, challenging and a pleasurable walk amidst tropical surroundings. Magnificent trees strategically planted 25 years ago give the course a mature ambience. Two lakes intrude and enhance play on five holes and create a dramatic 'Amen Corner' on holes 15 and 16. A series of coral waste bunkers carved through four holes adds to the excitement and personality of this course.

Last updated August 2006

 


Barbados - Sandy Lane Golf Club - par 72

Photograph of Sandy Lane

The Sandy Lane resort has been recently renovated and now includes 44 holes of breathtaking golf! The Country Club course is a great driving course with wide, constant fairways that allow players to really let it fly! The bunkers are placed in a sneaky fashion – and the rough has very thick grass. So, sometimes, the only way to salvage par is by one putting! The green sizes vary and the fifth is tricky with a 300-foot gorge filled with tall trees crossing the middle of the fairway. Soft spikes are mandatory.

Last updated March 2008

 


Barbados - Royal Westmoreland Golf course - par 72

Photograph of the 18th hole from the clubhouse If you would like a week or so in Barbados to play golf, go to the beach and relax in wonderful surroundings, you might be interested to renting a villa on the Royal Westmoreland Estate. Also, for cruises to and from Barbados, an extended stay on the island with access to a fantastic golf course might be very appealing. A 3-bedroomed / 3-bathroom villa with a swimming pool and easy access to the beach is available for rent and more details are available on this website: www.whitepalmsbarbados.com. Rates start from £1,750 per week, depending on the time of year and bedroom occupancy.

 

Last updated April 2009

Dominican Republic - Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog - par 72

Photograph of Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog - Dominican Republic Photograph of Casa de Campo courtesy of fotoseeker.com

Casa de Campo has a Links course which would be the finest in the Caribbean – if it weren’t for its famous sister course, the Teeth of the Dog. The latter is a course of such natural beauty and challenges that renowned golf architect, Pete Dye (designer of Casa's golf courses), says, "I built eleven holes; God built seven". The spectacular courses also host international tournaments and pro-ams. With consistently excellent weather, the best greens in the Caribbean and the services of an expert staff, Casa de Campo is the premier golf resort in the Caribbean.

Teeth of the Dog, opened in 1971, is the only Caribbean course ranked in Golf Magazine's top 100 courses and has won several awards. Every golfer yearns to play it. And, having played it, he or she can't wait to do it again. It has eight holes on the ocean of which seven are adjacent to the coast and a further one has its green near the water. By modern standards, it is not long and there is little rough and trees but the ocean and the wind make it a different course every day.

Last updated August 2006

Dominican Republic - Casa de Campo - Dye Fore - par 72

To create Dye Fore, native Dominicans worked side-by-side with golf architect Pete Dye, transforming the jagged south-eastern coast of into one of the foremost golf creations in the world. The course took five years to construct and, during this time, was rumoured to rival the highly-revered Teeth of the Dog in beauty and challenge. According to the few who have been lucky enough to play it, Dye Fore has more than risen to the challenge. At 500 feet above the Chavon River, Dye Fore has spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the mountains, the Chavon River below and the quaint artisan village of Altos de Chavon. Visually, the course is intimidating and the par 3s are incredible. Although very playable from the forward tees, this course will stand the test of time as it measures over 7,800 yards from the back tees. Aside from its breathtaking beauty and Dye-abolical challenges, this course features another outstanding feature. It is planted with two new strains of grass that thrive on salt water.

Last updated August 2006

Puerto Rico, San Juan - Wyndham El Conquistador Golf Resort - par 72

Located on the northeast coast, the Wyndham El Conquistador is a Puerto Rican paradise perched on top of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. Established in 1994, this majestic Arthur Hill design sports elevation changes of 200 feet and is considered a golfer's dream. Golfers' non-golfing partners may also tag along for a small fee and enjoy the amenities of this Wyndham Resort.

Last updated August 2006

St Kitts - Royal St Kitts - par 71

Royal St Kitts, St Kitts

The Royal St Kitts Golf Club offers some of the most beautiful golf in the Caribbean. It boasts two holes on the Caribbean Sea and three holes on the Atlantic Ocean. Recently renovated, famed Canadian architect Thomas McBroom has done the redesign and the course has a Links feel about it. There are 12 lakes on the course, a moderate number of bunkers, some wide fairways and large putting greens which give a fair but challenging test of golf.

Last updated March 2010

Royal St Kitts, St Kitts

St Lucia - St Lucia Golf and Country Club - par 71

St Lucia Golf and Country Club

This beautiful and challenging course is set in the scenic rolling hills of Cap Estates and offers panoramic views of both the Atlantic and lush surrounding mountains of the Caribbean. This is the only 18 hole course on the island and is designed to offer the professional, amateur or novice golfer a wonderful day of fun and relaxation. You will love this course!

Last updated August 2006

 

 


St Thomas - Mahogany Run Golf Course - par 70

Mahogany Run Golf Course, St Thomas

Mahogany Run Golf Course, located in northern St Thomas, is the US Virgin Islands premiere golfing destination. Designed by Tom and George Fazio, Mahogany Run offers challenging holes - including the 3 holes of the spectacular cliff-hugging Devil's Triangle - and a breathtaking view of the British Virgin Islands to the east. Recent renovations have improved the condition of the grass and expanded the greens, improving the course's status within golfing circles. This par 70 course should provide a challenge for the avid golfer and a fun day out for anyone. There is a pro shop and snack bar as well as an outdoor clubhouse where golfers can relax in the island breeze. Be aware there is a dress code at Mahogany Run which calls for collared shirts and modest cut shorts. Golf carts are also mandatory.

Last updated March 2010

 


Tobago, Mount Irvine Golf Club, 6,793 yards, par 71