For golf enthusiasts, selecting a destination with excellent courses makes for the best vacation. The Caribbean is known for its variety of spectacular golf locales paired with warm, tropical weather; what more could you ask for when on vacation?
If you’re looking for the best Caribbean golfing destinations with luxurious accommodations full of great perks & amenities, these 5 islands will not disappoint:
The Dominican Republic is perhaps the poster child for Caribbean golfing. The Teeth of the Dog, one of the world’s most famous courses is located here in the Casa de Campo resort. It has been ranked the #1 course in all of the Caribbean and #27 in the world including 18 holes, with 7 of them right along the ocean offering breathtaking views.
Here you can join a selection of golf tournaments, purchase the perfect attire (and other merchandise) at the local pro shop or partake in some night golfing with multi-colored LED golf balls that light up the sky. Rates for this course begin at $265 for registered Casa de Campo guests and go up to $415 for those coming from other areas.
There are of course other amazing courses in Dominican Republic that you can check out such as Punta Espada at Cap Cana and the Corales Golf Course at Tortuga Bay. Both courses offer incredible golfing opportunities on scenic grounds overlooking the ocean.
You can see why upscale travelers flock to the Dominican Republic year round to enjoy a luxurious golf getaway; you’ll never run out of tee times.
Jamaica offers a long roster of golf courses to choose from. The Half Moon Golf Resort was recently renovated by renowned golf architect Roger Rulewich and has been named one of the Caribbean’s best courses while offering a pristine setting to play in.
Some golfers have reviewed this award winning 18-hole, par-72 championship course to be quite difficult and requires plenty of strategy that even experienced players will appreciate. The length of the course ranges from 5,035 – 7,120 yards and features strategically placed bunkers for an added challenge.
Don’t let the challenging nature of this golf course deter you though! The Half Moon Golf Resort offers a Golf Academy where tailored, instructional lessons are given by professionals to aid with your own personal goals.
The intricate layout combined with the opportunity to take many risk-reward shots, along with the accommodating staff and the intimate vibe of Half Moon Golf Resort is the perfect recipe for every golfer to have a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable game.
The Tryall Club is another popular course in Jamaica which has some of the best accommodations for golfers. The private atmosphere of this club means that the greens never become too crowded and ensures that you will be able to play in peace, reveling in your Caribbean surroundings.
Barbados offers world class golfing in one of the most beautiful Caribbean locales. Between Royal Westermoreland and the Sandy Lane Golf Course guests have their choice of some amazing conditions.
Royal Westmoreland Golf Resort was built by acclaimed course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr and features 7,045 yards of green. This course is as enjoyable as it is challenging and you will find 18 diverse holes that will test your abilities.
After a long day out in the sun, retreat to their colonial-style clubhouse where you can enjoy some light refreshments and unwind. Golf inclusive packages are offered to guests who have booked a stay at one of the Royal Westmoreland exclusive villas. However, if you’re an outside guest the green fee (which includes a golf cart) is $250 USD.
Just a short drive away from this golf course you’ll find Sandy Lane Golf Course which has been considered to offer some of the best golf in the world with 3 amazing courses to choose from: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the well known Green Monkey.
The luxury golf carts that are included with the green fees when you play at The Country Club and The Green Monkey and are equipped with a built in GPS system. This system also will conveniently provide for you some tips and tricks on how to best play each hole. Sandy Lane also has a 450-yard driving range where you can leisurely practice your strokes.
The Green Monkey is the only course which is primarily exclusive to guests of Sandy Lane otherwise you can take your pick from the other two outstanding courses where you can purchase 7 or 14 day passes.
Wherever you decide to play, you will be delighted by the incredible natural beauty of Barbados surrounding the terrains.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (formerly known as The Temenos Golf Club) has been a buzzworthy spot for Caribbean golfing since 2009. The Greg Norman designed championship course has 18 holes and is surrounded by gorgeous Anguilla scenery.
When you first step onto the green at the 384-yard starting hole, you are greeted with breathtaking views of St. Maarten and the turquoise Caribbean waters. The striking visuals of the course continue along each hole, making it a wonderful place to take in all of Anguilla’s natural beauty.
The Clubhouse located within the golf club is home to an incredible restaurant, Italia, serving up some of the most authentic Italian cuisine on the island. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal post tee time and bask in your tropical surroundings.
In-house guest rates for the full 18 holes starts at $100 and outside guests at $299. The rates include electric carts with GPS distance measuring devices, a beverage cart and full men’s and women’s locker rooms. It’s no surprise that playing a round of golf in Anguilla is an exceptional experience and is a great Caribbean golfing destination to consider.
While it might be a lesser known spot for Caribbean golfing, St. Croix has the best golf facilities in the US Virgin Islands.
Carambola takes you through winding lush, tropical valleys on the northeast side of the island and is truly one of the finest courses in all of USVI. The par-72, 18 hole course is the centerpiece of a luxury Caribbean resort complex and was built by Laurence Rockefeller and designed by none other than Robert Trent Jones Sr.
The course received rave reviews upon opening in 1966 and has been considered by Robert himself to be one of his best courses. Featuring challenging uphill and cross-water shots, guests of Carambola have said it has been their favorite spot to golf in the Caribbean and is a ‘must-play’ for any golf enthusiast.
Bucaneer is especially known for its challenging 18-hole course and sweeping views of the surrounding ocean. Designed by Bob Joyce in 1973, this challenging yet playable course is fun for golfers of all skill levels.
The course is 5,668 yards long and is beautifully designed complete with incredible views of the Caribbean sea. Keep an eye out for the iguana’s that lay out on the green as they blend in with the tropical colors and can come as a surprise! For guests of the hotel, the winter rate for an 18-hole game with a cart starts at $1,035 and for non-hotel guests it goes up to $1,260.
After a round of golf, stop in the local restaurant, Chips n’ Slices, located in the Golf Pro Shop, where you can enjoy some light refreshments. The Pro Shop also features a brand new golf simulator where you have a selection of 93 courses to choose from around the globe.