Top 5 Golf Courses in the Caribbean

Best blue water oceanfront golf course in the Bahamas at Exuma.

Top 5 Golf Courses in the Caribbean

Looking for a golfer’s getaway this fall? Perhaps you want to escape the cold and hit the green in the middle of winter. Whenever you choose to venture off to the Caribbean, there’s no bad time to go, especially if you’re a golfer. Golf in the Caribbean is one of the most popular activities people participate in when they’re on a Caribbean resort. In fact, many Caribbean resorts are specifically known for their golf courses. Work on your swing and spend time on some of the tropics’ most coveted golf courses with our list of the top 5 golf courses resorts in the Caribbean.

Best blue water oceanfront golf course in the Bahamas at Exuma.

A Background of Golf Courses in the Caribbean

Before we go into a full breakdown of the top 5 best golf courses in the Caribbean, it’s important to have a bit of background. Why is golf so popular in the Caribbean? How did it get to be this way? Will any Caribbean resort do, or does it need to be golf-specific? These are all valuable questions. The history of golf in the Caribbean goes back to the 1960s. While the game was already popular in other parts of the world (namely the US and Europe), pro golfers enjoyed playing high-level tournaments in the islands. Not only was the weather great for spending time on the green, but the easy way of life was also a draw for many. As resorts started to grow in popularity in the Caribbean, many found golf to be the perfect complementary activity for guests who chose to stay there.

Golf enthusiasts who are truly serious about their game (or even those who simply play for recreation) will find plenty of options for high-quality golf in the Caribbean.

Jamaica Golf Course in the Caribbean on the ocean.

 01// Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Jamaica

Located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course can be found in the Rose Hall Resort and Spa. A paradise for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts, this golf course brings history into the game. In fact, this golf course in Jamaica is so beautiful that it may be hard to keep your eyes on the green! With 18 holes of impressive play situated along the turquoise blue, sparkling shores of the Caribbean Sea, there’s truly no better place to play golf on the island. 

Golfers come from far and wide to experience the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Jamaica. In addition to the mix of challenging and semi-challenging courses, Cinnamon Hill is probably best known for its expert caddies, who have been featured in “The Best In the World” section of Golfer Magazine. Those who have visited suggest spending at least 2-3 hours on this course to get the full experience.

Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in Dominican Republic Caribbean.

02// Teeth of the Dog Golf Course, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo‘s “Teeth of the Dog” is the premier golf course in the Dominican Republic. This Pete Dye Classic ranked No.1 for golf courses in the Caribbean and 43rd among the top 100 golf courses in the world, as per Golf Magazine. It’s no wonder Casa de Campo brings in the best of the best. People consider golfing at Teeth of the Dog a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and for good reason. This golf course is located in the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, which has been a go-to for discerning travelers and celebrities alike since it first opened in 1974. The course is a par-72 and has hosted numerous national and international tournaments, including the PGA Tour Dominican Republic

In addition to its challenging shots and signature Pete Dye obstacles, the golf course is also a true topical gem. With seven scenic holes cliffside above the Chavon River, it’s impossible not to love golfing in the Caribbean here.

Barbados golf course at royal westmoreland in Caribbean.

03// Royal Westmoreland Golf Course, Barbados

Experience the lap of luxury when you golf at Royal Westmoreland in Barbados. This stunning golf course in St. James, Barbados delivers an experience like no other. Tee off anywhere on this course, and you’ll have an exquisite view of the West Coast of Barbados. Even those who consider themselves more experienced golfers may find the Royal Westmoreland to be a bit of a challenge at times. Guests of the resort may register at their leisure, but non-members are also welcome to play for a fee.

Best blue water oceanfront golf course in Anguilla.

04// Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club, Anguilla 

Ranked the #3 best Caribbean Golf course, Aurora Anguilla is proud to be the only golf course on the entire island. Golfers can relish the beauty of Anguilla itself as they play while also admiring the views of St. Martin and the entire Caribbean Sea. Beauty may be what draws in the masses, but the challenge is what keeps real golfers coming back. The golf course at Aurora Anguilla is known for having one of the most difficult finishing holes in the Caribbean. Key attributes include 7,165 yards, Par 72, a course rating of 75.6 (from the back tees), and a slope rating of 134 (from the back tees).

Best blue water oceanfront golf course in the Bahamas at Exuma.

 05// Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club, Bahamas

Designed by Greg Norman, the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club offers a scenic golfing experience for vacationers in the Bahamas. This is a go-to golfing destination for those traveling to Exuma or for anyone staying at the Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas. Each one of the 18 holes is a true standout and will keep even the most experienced golfers on their toes. Sandals Emerald Bay hosts frequent golf events with special perks for hotel guests. During the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic Event Week (January 11-17, 2024) will receive Complimentary Spectator Passes (valued at $200/couple). 


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If golfing in the Caribbean is one of your vacation priorities, it would be wise to use this list as a guide. Explore these five best golf courses in the Caribbean to have a truly magical experience both on and off the green. Ready to book your trip? Start planning your golf vacation to the Caribbean with us today.

Laura Sangster
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