NEW YORK, August 1, 2012— The Caribbean is one of those picture perfect places that gofers love to visit. Bright sun, cool ocean breezes and plenty of open space, how can a golfer go wrong?
The Caribbean is now home to some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging courses. Here are a few of the vey best public courses that the tropical islands offer:
Tierra del Sol Golf Course in Aruba
Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has designed an 18-hole, par-71 course that is unique in the southern Caribbean. The course capitalizes on the distinctive island’s cactus-studded northwest coastal landscape.
Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
This course has been ranked the best in the Caribbean by Golf Magazine. Seven holes are adjacent to the sea and the others are famed for their challenging positions in a maze-like landscape.
Golf de St-François in Guadeloupe
This course is infamous for its unpredicatble winds. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. six of the 18 holes here are ringed with water traps. Owned by the local municipality, it’s all about love of the game and zilch about showing off.
The Tryall Club in Jamaica
Designed by Ralph Plummer, this 18-hole, par 72 course is widely regarded as the island’s best course. In winter, the course, formerly a large sugar plantation, is open only to guests of the Tryall Club, but the rest of the year is open to others.
Cinnamon Hill Ocean Course in Jamaica
Located in one of Jamaica’s most treasured resorts, this also happens to have earned the distinction of having some of the best caddies in the world, according to Golfer magazine. Hole 8 sits atop a promontory that juts out nearly 600 feet over the sea.
Designed by Pete Dye, this course features three ocean, five bayside, and two mountain holes on a contoured site overlooking the Caribbean’s Spanish Water Bay. The par-72 championship course is challenging enough for pros and user-friendly enough for amateurs.
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