January 14, 2019 at 03:51 PM
Need opinions from the gallery. My wife, sister-in-law, and a couple of their cousins have decided that we need to do a “couples” vacation later this year to someplace in the Caribbean. They’re looking for an all-inclusive. I’m 100% game, but I have ONE stipulation- MUST have a golf course. So my question is this- to those of you who’ve played in the Caribbean, where would you suggest? Jamaica, D.R., Cayman Islands, Bahamas, etc. are all on the table. — looking for recommendations
george tOld Lyme, CT
January 14, 2019 at 11:17 PM
Love Caribbean golf! When the kids were young, we took many cruises and the clubs always came along. Now that they’re on their own, my wife and I travel to Bermuda when we can.
My first choice is Bermuda. I love Port Royal (my avatar), and Mid-Ocean was fun too. And a nice par 3 at the Southampton Princess.
I’ve played in Cozumel, Puerto Rico and St Thomas. The Cozumel course was a Nicklaus design, kind of short with lots of roll. Mahogany Run in St Thomas was also short, but the par 3 on the Devil’s Triangle was tough. Hard to trust aiming a tee shot 30 yards off shore and count By on the wind bringing it back! I’ve forgotten the name of the PR course (Dorado?), very nice as well.
I haven’t played in the Dominican, but they have some great courses from what I’ve seen. And some nice resorts too.
Not sure when you’re going but I was there usually in the mid summer. Some tips - drink plenty of water - it is hot and humid! Watch out for the local foliage. I don’t know what I brushed against in Cozumel, but I had a rash on my arm for several months. If you’re not bringing your clubs, you might consider bringing a few sleeves of balls. I played with one person who rented clubs and a sleeve of mediocre balls was $19. A dozen of the same at home would have been less!
Have a great trip and share some photos!
Gabriel GCedar Park, TX
Christopher VEdmond, OK
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
Barry SOakville, ON
January 15, 2019 at 08:27 PM
The nicest course I have played to date in the Caribbean is Punta Espada in the DR.,this past December. It is like passing out and waking up in Golfers heaven. It is spectacular,but not cheap. The only resort attached to it is Eden Roc, but golf is not part of their package.
Second to Punta Espada is Sandals Emerald Bay, where you walk out the front door and the course is across the street, Beautiful ocean course,by Greg Norman. They are actually playing a .Com tour event there this week.
Have been to Jamaica many times and have always played Cinnamon hill and White Witch. Actually, going back in Feb for a week. The only resort that offers free golf at those 2 courses is the Iberostar Grand Rose hall. You are allowed 2 rounds per person per week, at either track
Wherever you go, as long as it has water holes or views,you will thoroughly enjoy.
Hope this was helpful.
Wade WRoanoke, VA
Todd TSan Diego, CA
Eric HRidgway, PA
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