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The Caribbean's Best Golf Courses and Golf Resorts


The Caribbean has always been a popular golf course, but today there are more choices than ever for golfers. The Dominican Republic has emerged as one of the world's best golf destinations -- Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog course is listed as #35 in the world by Golf Magazine, for example -- and you can even find golf in such unusual destinations as Cuba and Haiti. So pack your clubs for your next trip to the Caribbean and experience firsthand the fun of playing golf under the tropical sun!

Anguilla: Temenos Golf Club

This links course at the Cap Juluca resort has 14 sea-view holes that distracts duffers with panoramas of the Caribbean and nearby St. Martin/Maarten. But keep your eye on the ball, because the course is full of lagoons and ponds, including one stocked with bonefish if you decide to throw down the clubs and pick up a rod and reel.

Antigua: Jolly Harbor Golf Course

This par-71, 18-hole championship course in St. John's is located next to the Jolly Harbour Marina in a lush tropical setting and winds around seven lakes.

Aruba: Tierra del Sol Golf Course

This Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course is Aruba's only 18-hole championship golf course; it's a par-71, 6,811-yarder that highlights not the ocean but rather Aruba's arid outback of cactus and divi divi trees.

Bahamas: Lyford Cay Club

The exclusive Lyford Cay gated community on the west end of New Providence Island is built around the the Lyford Cay Club, a members-only institution with an 18-hole championship golf course ranked among the world's best -- if you can get an invitation to play.

Bahamas: One&Only Ocean Club Golf Course

The luxury One&Only Ocean Club neighboring the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island boasts a Tom Weiskopf designed resort course that will appeal to weekend warriors and serious golf fanatics alike. The course hosts the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.

Bahamas: Four Seasons Great Exuma at Emerald Bay

Greg Norman designed this championship 18-hole course on the Bahamas out-island of Exuma. The oceanfront fairways run past sand dunes and tall seashore grasses to end on a final hole at the end of a spectacular peninsula. Named one of the best resort courses in the Caribbean by Travel & Leisure magazine.

Bahamas: The Ritz-Carlton Abaco Club on Winding Bay

Tiny Abaco is home to a wonderful seaside, Scottish-style links course (minus the harsh wind and stony soil), a par-72, 7,138-yard masterpiece.

Bahamas: Our Lucaya

The Our Lucaya resort on Grand Bahamas Island features Westin and Sheraton hotels and a pair of championship 18-hole golf courses, plus the Butch Harmon School of Golf. The resort also has a casino, kids' club, nightclub, multiple restaurants, and a nearby straw market. No wonder it was named one of the best resorts in the Caribbean for a family golf getaway by Travel & Leisure, as well as one of the best Caribbean golf resorts in 2006 by readers of Caribbean Travel & Life magazine.

Barbados: Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane is where Tiger Woods got married, so need we say more about the quality of the golf here? The resort's Green Monkey course (named for the green Bajan monkeys you may see scampering across the greens) was designed by Tom Fazio on the site of an old quarry, the walls of which tower over some of the fairways and bunkers. Nine holes, par 72, 7,100 yards, and you can only play if you stay at the pricey Sandy Lane resort and are willing to shell out a greens fee in the $400 range.

Bermuda: Mid-Ocean Club

The members-only Mid-Ocean Club is one of the oldest golf courses in the region, opened in 1921. The championship 18-hole course in Tucker's Town can only be played by invitation or by members or their guests, but hotels owned by club members also may be able to get you a tee time on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Remember, if you're going to wear shorts to play, they must be modest "Bermuda-length"!
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