Caribbean Golf Destination Travel

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People ask me if I play golf. I always answer that I love to hit a small white ball around a golf course but that calling what I do ‘playing’ is extremely generous. But golf is all about being out in nature and there are many beautiful places in this world. The Caribbean is simply made for golf destination travel. I’m fortunate to have played many while traveling, living, and working there.

Here are my favorite 3 Caribbean golf destinations.

Aruba – Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf

tierra del sol aruba golf course arubaAruba is a beautiful place. It is rustic and rugged. Desert and stunning beaches. I compare it to the Texas Hill Country meets the ocean. Throw in a golf course and then you have something truly special. This course on the far north tip of the island has hills, valleys, and beautiful ocean views all of which highlight the arid, rocky landscapes. You are more likely to lose your ball in the cactus than the trees here. And don’t worry about the iguanas. They’re harmless.

In December 2016, Tierra del Sol hosted the Aruba Cup. Top players from the Canadian and Latinoamerica PGA Tours competed in three days of match play, ala Ryder Cup.

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Sandy Lane (Green Monkey Course) – Barbados

sandy lane green monkey golf course barbados golf destination travelThis Tom Fazio designed course was brilliant, challenging, and quirky (hello, there’s a monkey bunker). It’s built in an old quarry and is for the exclusive use of resort guests. Although there are a few other courses on the outstanding property, this was my favorite by far.
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Santa Barbara – Curacao

santa barbara curacao golfPete Dye designed this course which is regularly ranked as one of the best courses in the Caribbean. Although a bit far from downtown Willemstad, the protected UNESCO historic district where the cruise ships dock, the resort itself is an amazing destination. Of course, the service is outstanding as well.
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About Jim Ogden

Jim is an information technology strategy consultant who has traveled extensively for client projects. Despite having logged many miles for business, it is the personal travel he most values. When traveling for pleasure, Jim prefers to seek out the authentic soul of the places he visits. His favorite travel memories are not of the tourist-friendly areas but rather the places off the beaten-path. As an expat and foodie, Jim brings a perspective of writing based on maximizing the experience of traveling.

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