Anguilla Golf Courses Article

Anguilla golf – Greg Norman & Jack Nicklaus

Anguilla golf article written by Sports Journalist Paul Trow

Additional Anguilla golf course editorial added by Travel Writer & Editor Linda Jackson

There is hardly room, you would think, for more than one Anguilla golf course. Anguilla is only 16 miles by three miles, but the tiny [Leeward] island manages to pack 33 of the world’s most beautiful beaches alongside its white-sand shores. This former British colony (with a brief period ruled by the French) is also home to some of the smartest resorts in the Caribbean, including Sandy Ground and West End.

Nature lovers come to Anguilla’s bays to be captivated by the sight of sea turtles nesting in the sands from April to November. Every July, the whole island buzzes as the summer festival takes over with dancing, parades, boat races and one of the Caribbean’s biggest beach parties.

The main golf entertainment on Anguilla is to be found at Cap Juluca on the island’s southwest coast, a Greg Norman design that opened in 2009. Billed somewhat optimistically as the Caribbean’s answer to Pebble Beach, this course offers water features on 13 holes and some great views.

Scrubland, ponds, dunes, marshes and mangrove are used as natural defenses, and the nature of the course places a premium on careful club selection. From the first hole, players are greeted by ocean views, with an opening downhill drive followed by an approach to a two-tiered green bordering a saltwater lagoon.

Anguilla golf courses editorial added by Active Caribbean Editor Linda Jackson:-

Although tiny, the Caribbean Leeward island of Anguilla is home to some of the smartest resorts in the Caribbean as well as a Greg Norman-designed golf course, and a new Signature Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Anguilla is currently under development.

CUISINART GOLF RESORT
There are some spectacular views from the CuisinArt Golf Club, owned by the luxury CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla – it’s the only golf course (7,063 yards) on this small island and well worth playing. The preservation of natural habitats was paramount when the course was planned and an island landmark salt pond was renewed – the Merrywing Salt Pond.

Expect a great start. From the first hole – one of the signature holes – you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of St Maarten and the Caribbean Sea. The green, which is two tiered, sits on the brink of the salt water lagoon. The 2nd  hole shares a huge green with the 10th alongside the Anguilla Channel.

You’ll be playing into the wind on the 16th. You’ll also have to contend with big Seagrape trees on one side and the salt pond on the other and play into a bunker-protected elevated green which is surrounded by water. The 18th is another memorable hole which edges the thick mangrove marshlands which also features on eight other holes.

You’ll definitely enjoy the golf and views at the CuisinArt Golf Club. The 19th hole (the clubhouse) is pretty swish too. .

JACK NICKLAUS GOLF COURSE ANGUILLA

Another golf course in Anguilla is expected to open within the next few years – a championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is being constructed on the south side of Anguilla, on a 370 acres site which will be the Jumeirah Anguilla Resort. Several of the holes will play towards, or adjacent to, the water and the Signature golf course will offer fabulous views across the water to the twin-nation island of Dutch Sint Maarten and French St Martin. The Jumeirah Anguilla Resort itself promises ‘imaginative’ architecture and will hug the beach front.

[Updated January 2016]

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