Nothing rounds out a vacation quite like a round of golf, and since the season for hitting the links never ends in the Caribbean, the region has become home to an abundance of places to get some swings in.
While nearly every island is home to a couple of great courses, there are a handful of them scattered throughout the region that are truly a cut above the rest. These courses offer a spectacular blend of design and natural beauty, and just in time for your next golfing getaway, we’ve collected five of our favorites.
The Green Monkey, Barbados
The Green Monkey is a slow-burner, as the first few holes meander their way across fairly flat terrain. The back half of the course is the real rock star, as it goes up-and-down and around both manmade (rock quarries) and natural landscapes (massive limestone walls). It crescendos on the 16th hole, where golfers come face-to-face with the namesake green monkey in the form of a par-saving patch of grass in the middle of a massive sandtrap.
Where to stay: The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa
The Teeth Of The Dog, Dominican Republic
The brainchild of the legendary course designer Pete Dye, Teeth Of The Dog has been known to bite golfers who aren’t paying attention to their swing. Seven of the eighteen holes here are located directly by the sea, making a round here as naturally stunning as it challenging. Dye is on the record saying that it’s his favorite course, and we think you’ll agree.
Where to stay: La Romana Luxury Bahia Principe
Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Bahamas
Being located a little off the beaten ‘fairway’ has been a benefit for this course, as it remained a bit of a secret until recently when it collected some major awards. Nearly the entire first half of the course hugs the coast, offering sweeping views of the turquoise waters that the Bahamas are so famous for. Note that it is part of a private club, but you can still play by paying a one-off fee.
Where to stay: Abaco Beach Resort
Grenadines Estate Golf CLub, St. Vincent & Grenadines
With nearly the entire course surrounded by the sea, this gem is one of the most quintessentially Caribbean courses out there. The first ten holes and the 18th are situated within a stunning natural amphitheater, while the rest work their way up and around the side of Mount Royal, resulting in stunning views of neighboring islands and the Caribbean Sea.
Where to stay: Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
Punta Espada, Dominican Republic
Saving the best for last (and adding another course from the up-and-coming golf mecca that is the Dominican Republic), this Jack Nicklaus gem has been collecting award after award since its opening, including ‘Best Golf Club in the Caribbean or Mexico’ from Golf Week Magazine. Each and every one of the 18 holes here features views of the water, with the course being specifically designed to blend into the landscape around it. This produces a forgiving run that is challenging enough for the Senior PGA Tour to pay a visit to, but also ideal for novices.
Where to stay: Memories Splash Punta Cana
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