Caribbean Golf Courses
Caribbean golf courses vary but there are many spectacular courses designed by top golf professionals
Caribbean golf courses vary – from poorly maintained to top Signature golf courses attached to luxury Caribbean golf resorts. Check out some of the best Caribbean golf courses listed below. On one hand you’ll play on Caribbean golf courses alongside tourists who rarely touch a golf club are playing for fun and on the other, magnificent Caribbean golf courses, championship 18-hole golf courses, designed by top golf professionals and golf course designers – and used by golfers who really mean business.
If you play to a reasonable standard of golf, then choose carefully which Caribbean golf courses to play in order to ensure you enjoy every minute. Bear in mind that golf in the Caribbean can be quite expensive too and it can be pretty hot around mid-day. Fairways can be very dry during the summer months, and at most courses a golf buggy and/or caddie is obligatory. During the rainy reason you might well get drenched but, no matter, you’ll dry in minutes… and so will the golf courses. Go to the list of good Caribbean golf courses to play.
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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…
The road is flanked by thick rainforest and I begin to think about Indiana Jones rather than the White Witch waiting at the top of the hill…
With seven Dominican Republic golf courses offering 86 holes on or overelooking the ocean, the country truly is golf’s Caribbean queen…
Hiring golf clubs in the Caribbean
Golf club hire is available at most Caribbean golf courses. At the more popular up-market Caribbean hotspots you’ll find excellent quality rental clubs, but at lesser-known Caribbean golf courses you take your chances with hire clubs. If you’re a beginner, no worries, you’ll enjoy playing golf in the Caribbean whatever condition the golf course and the clubs are in. But, thankfully, standards are generally being driven upwards by the year.
Some of the best Caribbean golf courses to play
Barbados has a number of really excellent golf courses on the island, as does the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Cancun area in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. The Editor of Active Caribbean has played on great golf courses in Barbados, Canun (Mexico), Jamaica, Martinique, St Croix, Great Exuma, and Nevis, while other colleagues have enjoyed rounds of golf on the magnificent golf course in Canouan, a gem tucked away in the the Grenadines and on stunning golf courses in the Dominican Republic. Read this article about the Caribbean golf courses in the Dominican Republic.
Where some of the best Caribbean golf courses can be found
ANGUILLA: The CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (Greg Norman)
ARUBA: Tierra del Sol, San Nicolas (Robert Trent Jones Jnr)
BAHAMAS: One & Only Ocean Club GC, Paradise Island (Tom Weiskopft). Emerald Reef GC, Great Exuma (Greg Norman). The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, The Abaco (Donald Steel, Tom Mackenzie). Albany GC, New Providence (Ernie Els). Lyford Cay Club, New Providence (Rees Jones, Dick Wilson). Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort (Reef), Freeport (Robert Trent Jones Jnr).
BARBADOS: Green Monkey, St James (Tom Fazio). The Country Club (Sandy Lane), St James (Tom Fazio). Apes Hill Club, St James (Jeff Potts, Chris Cole). Royal Westmoreland (Robert Trent Jones Jnr).
COSTA RICA: Reserva Conchal, Guanacaste (Robert Trent Jones Jnr). Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Arnold Palmer). Hacienda Pinilla Golf & Country Club, Guanacaste (Mike Young).
CURACAO: Santa Barbara Plantation, Nieuwpoort (Pete Dye).
Cinnamon Hill, Montego Bay
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Casa de Campo, La Romana – Teeth of the Dog (Pete Dye). Punta Espada GC, Cap Cana (Jack Nicklaus). Corales GC (Tom Fazio), La Cana (PB Dye) – For detailed information on golf courses on this island read the Dominica golf courses article.
GRENADINES: Canouan (Jim Fazio)
JAMAICA: White Witch (Robert von Hagge). Tryall Golf & Beach Club, Montego Bay (Ralph Plummer). Cinnamon Hill GC (Rose Hall), Montego Bay (Robert von Hagge, Baril). Half Moon GC, Montego Bay (Robert Trent Jones Snr, renovated by Roger Rulewich). More information can be found in the Jamaica golf courses article.
MEXICO (YUCATAN PENINSULA): Mayakoba (El Camaleon), Playa del Carmen (Greg Norman). Iberostar Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya (PB Dye). Moon Palace, Riviera Maya (Jack Nicklaus).
NEVIS: Four Seasons Course (Robert Trent Jones II).
PUERTO RICO: East Course (Robert Trent Jones Snr, restored by Robert Trent Jones Jnr). Bahia Beach Resort & GC, San Juan (Robert Trent Jones Jnr)
Trump International GC, Rio Grande (Tom Kite). Royal Isabela GC, Isabela (David Pfaff). Palmas del Mar (Flamboyan), Humacao (Rees Jones).
ST KITTS: Royal St Kitts, Basseterre (Thomas McBroom).
US VIRGIN ISLANDS: – Carambola GC, Kingshill, St Croix (Robert Trent Jones Snr)
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