St Kitts Nevis Golf Article
Sisterly Love – a golfing getaway on two very close islands
St Kitts Nevis golf article written by Travel Writer & Editor Linda Jackson
Rumour has it that the small unspoilt Caribbean island of Nevis is now thinking BIGGER on the golf front and that its sister island, St Kitts, is also on the UP in the golfing world. So, to look at the two existing golf courses (one on each island) and investigate what promises to be an emerging golf dual-island destination, I’ve packed my tropical gear in order to update golfers with a St Kitts Nevis golf article. I’m off to visit these two lesser-known Caribbean Islands to check out if the rumbles in the jungle have any substance to them.
As the international airport to St Kitts & Nevis (officially named the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis) is located on the island of St Kitts where I start my investigation for this St Kitts Nevis golf article, staying at the St Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino. Within a few steps of the hotel is the Royal St Kitts Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course, which I hit accompanied by the Pro.
Royal St Kitts Golf Club is a typical resort course, wide and forgiving, but although it’s pretty flat there are some particularly scenic sea views. It’s a Par 71 measuring 6,900 yards from the championship tees; there are 80 bunkers in all, water hazards on ten holes, plus trade winds to contend with that can turn a pleasurable round of golf into a golfing nightmare when they’re strong. Interestingly the front nine enjoys Caribbean Sea views while the back nine Atlantic Ocean vistas; two holes run alongside the Caribbean Sea, three alongside the Atlantic. I do like the back nine: the 11th is a monster Par 5 at 5,591 yards – take time out to enjoy the views of Nevis volcano from the elevated green and, if a clear day, the islands of St Martin, Anguilla and St Bart’s can be seen from the tees of the 15th, a picturesque Par 3 surrounded by bunkers and with an ocean backdrop.
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Royal St Kitts Golf Club
Royal St Kitts GC
Golf in St Kitts
Signature Par 3 hole
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Although Royal St Kitts is the only course on the island at present there is an Ian Woosnam course (in association with European Golf Design) being constructed at the up-market Kittitian Hill development, plus a Tom Fazio-designed course planned for the chic Christophe Harbour development – both courses are in stunning locations with spectacular views. I also discover that successful ‘Round 1’ funding has been announced for the proposed Paradise Haven 500-acre golf and beach resort on Nevis.
After a hop, or more truthfully a very short ferry ride, across to Nevis I can’t wait to check into the chic Four Seasons Resort Nevis which, I hear, has its own top-notch golf course on its doorstep. I am not disappointed. Again, I have the pleasure of checking out the golf course with the hotel’s Pro who has been there nigh-on forever (lucky man).
The views are absolutely breathtaking but a buggy I reckon is a must as it is quite steep in places. It’s also a tricky course to play, especially the back nine; up-hill and down-dell, totally wicked in places with long carries, sloping fairways, and stunning views to distract. There is a spectacular panoramic view of St Kitts from the 11th, a 240-yard carry from the championship tees across a yawning gully on the 15th; a gigantic rainwater ditch snakes alongside and splits the 17th fairway, and all sense of depth is totally lost on the 18th – the fairway as flat as a board, the green blessed with a turquoise-blue sea backdrop.
The two very different golf courses on the sister islands are enough to keep a holidaying golfer more than happy but when the three courses in the pipeline are added to the existing duo I reckon St Kitts and Nevis, hand-in-hand, will soon be hailed as an emerging top-notch golf destination. I can’t wait. Watch this space for an update on this St Kitts Nevis golf article…
Four Seasons Nevis Golf Course
Four Seasons Nevis GC
Golf course hazard
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