For many years, Barbados was a diamond in the rough in terms of being a premiere golfing destination. Several of the island's golf courses that were built during the torrent of tourism in the 1960s and 70s lay dormant for many years. Recent renovations, however, revived many courses and made them world renowned. Today the golf community on Barbados is growing and the courses are some of the best in the Caribbean. In fact, the Sandy Lane Country Club was chosen to host the 2006 World Golf Championships World Cup.
Vacationers will find a variety of golf choices throughout the island, with something for everyone from beginners to pros. Regardless of their skill level, all who tee off in Barbados will find the courses captivating and the scenery breathtaking.
Starting on the western side of Barbados, vacationers will find the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club. The Royal Westmoreland is a private, members-only course that was rated number 31 in Golf Digest's Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the USA. Vacationers staying at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion and other nearby resorts can make arrangements to play at this beautiful course that borders a nature reserve.
Moving slightly further south on the western coast, the Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course features three courses, and is becoming a premiere golfing destination. The two 18-hole courses at Sandy Lane are the Country Club and the Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course, both designed by Tom Fazio, a premiere golf course architect. The Country Club is a par 74.7 championship course which features challenging holes and beautiful ocean views. The Green Monkey, so named for the Bajan green monkeys that are prevalent throughout the island and the course, opened in 2004 and quickly became one of the best courses on the island. However, to play at the Green Monkey, you must be a guest of the Sandy Lane Resort and Golf Club. Golfers looking for a little more relaxed experience can try the Old Nine; built in 1961, this course is the perfect tree lined, picturesque course to enjoy a slow round of golf.
On the southern coast, the Rockley Golf Course is a par 70, 9-hole course, with alternative tees available for those who want to play a full 18. The Rockley Golf Course was the first golf course built in Barbados. Today, the nearly 6,000 yards of course are surrounded by a residential development. With long and narrow greens well protected by sand and water hazards, this course will truly test all golfers' abilities. Beginners and pros alike will appreciate the challenge of this historic course.
On the southern coast of Barbados, golfers will find the Barbados Golf Club, first designed by Col. J. Harris in 1974, and renovated in 2000 by renowned golf course architect Ron Kirby. After the renovation was complete, the Barbados Golf Club became the first public course on the island. The par 72, 6,805 yard course was honored by being selected to host the PGA Seniors Tournament in 2003. Not only is the course one of the best on the island, it is also the place to get great deals on golf packages, as it has arrangements with many of the leading hotels on Barbados.
|Apes Hill Club||(246) 432-4500||Apes Hill - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Holetown|
|Barbados Golf Club||(246) 428-8463||Gibbons|
|Rockley Golf Course||(246) 435-7873||Christ Church Parish - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap|
|Royal Westmoreland||(246) 422-4653||Royal Westmoreland - 1.7 mi. (2.8 km) North-Northeast of Holetown|
|Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course||(246) 444-2000||Sandy Lane Hotel - Arch Hall|
|Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course||(246) 444-2000||Sandy Lane Hotel - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Holetown|
|Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course||(246) 444-2000||Sandy Lane Hotel - 0.8 mi. (1.4 km) South of Holetown|
Long known as a luxury vacation destination, Barbados spares no expense when it comes to golf.
With exquisite championship courses offering some of the best scenic views and the most challenging holes, golfers will delight in discovering all that Barbados has to offer.
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