The rolling hills or endless flat plains of a plush golf green is a sight that excites many. But, as the best golfers know only too well, the course must do justice to the game. At the same time, a holiday is still a holiday, and finding a luxury hotel with a top-class course, as well as suitable facilities for the rest of your party, can be more of a challenge than you might expect.
So what does the Caribbean have to offer the travelling golfer? Well firstly, with bright blues skies rarely hampered by clouds during the dry season, the balmy tropical climate is a major draw. Along with the glorious weather are the breathtaking views. Gaze out over the Atlantic from the Port Royal course in Bermuda or spot the island of St Martin lying in the distance from the Greg Norman-designed CuisinArt in Anguilla. There’s nothing quite like teeing off into beautiful, panoramic ocean vistas, or gently meandering through the palm tree scattered fairways with the air fragranced by tropical hibiscus.
There’s also a certain level of prestige that comes with golfing in the Caribbean. Barbados is probably the most renowned, with Sandy Lane hotel being the proud home to the Green Monkey, a Tom Fazio-designed championship course. You are likely to come across esteemed names attached to courses across the islands though, from the Jim Fazio-designed Trump International at Canouan in Grenadines to Robert Trent Jones Senior’s course in Jamaica.
Along with world-class courses come the most indulgent post-game facilities. Clubhouses only provide the finest refreshments, and most offer a Pro-shop for stocking up on the latest equipment. Our five-star luxury hotels all offer soothing and relaxing spa treatments for winding down or spending some quality time with a loved one, while families may chose to stay at a hotel with a children’s club, keeping little ones busy while you work on your swing.