Caribbean

Occupying an area of more than one million square miles, the Caribbean is situated southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland of North America, to the east of Central America and north of the South American continent. It consists of hundreds of islands, reefs and cays in the Caribbean Sea which were, at one time, colonies of European nations and many of them remain as overseas or dependent territories. As a consequence of this historical outside influence, you’re far more likely to be able to talk to islanders in English, Spanish, French or Dutch when you visit than attempt to converse using the local Creole language. Cricket is probably still the most popular team sport in the Caribbean, however the impressive number of track and field medals won at major athletics events is also testament to the sporting prowess of the region’s elite athletes.

The North Atlantic islands of Bermuda and Bahamas are not "officially" Caribbean, but we've grouped these two countries within our Caribbean collection because they seem to sit more comfortably here than anywhere else.

We feature around seventy courses across the Caribbean and Atlantic islands and all six major golf destinations in the area – Dominican Republic, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Jamaica – are represented in the elite top ten positions within our Caribbean and Atlantic Top 50 ranking list.

The Dominican Republic dominates with four courses: the regularly world-ranked Teeth of the Dog is a remarkable Pete Dye-designed course at the Casa de Campo resort, and this classy track is ably supported by the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada layout at Cap Cana, Tom Fazio’s 18-hole Corales course at Punta Cana and the Robert Trent Jones Snr.-designed Playa Grande, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation by his son, Robert Jnr.

Barbados has three courses regularly featured in the Caribbean rankings, two of which (Green Monkey and Country Club), are located at the world famous Sandy Lane resort, with the other layout situated at Royal Westmoreland. In the Bahamas, Baker’s Bay is a Tom Fazio design and it is supported, perhaps even bettered, by the Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie-designed Abaco Club at Winding Bay. These two layouts have catapulted the Abacos to the position of undisputed premier golfing destination of the Bahamas.

Bermuda punches well above its weight with the outstanding Charles Blair Macdonald-designed Mid Ocean Club perennially on the cusp of a World Top 100 ranking position. Puerto Rico did lose some of its golfing gloss down the years, but the 2015 TPC re-branding at Dorado Beach has applied plenty of PGA Tour-standard polish to the four courses at the resort. Finally, Jamaica is a strong golfing island with a dozen courses from which to choose. Three of the island’s best courses can be found near Montego Bay; White Witch and Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall and the Tryall Club, which has been welcoming golfers for more than fifty years.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Caribbean

Apes Hill

11th Caribbean Ranking

Local businessman Sir Charles Williams provided the finance for the residential development at Apes Hill and money was certainly no object when it came to building an 18-hole centerpiece golf course...

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Description: Local businessman Sir Charles Williams provided the finance for the residential development at Apes Hill and money was certainly no object when it came to building an 18-hole centerpiece golf course... Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Isabela

12th Caribbean Ranking

Top tennis pro Charlie Pasarell, his brother Stanley, Edwin Perez and architect David Pfaff created the Royal Isabela golf course on a generous 426-acre site that is both dramatic and challenging.

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Albany

13th Caribbean Ranking

Officially opened in December 2010, the links-style course at the Albany resort measures over 7,400 yards from the back tees, configured as five par fives and five par threes with the remaining holes laid out as par fours.

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Sandy Lane (Green Monkey)

14th Caribbean Ranking

Named after the Bajan green primates that inhabit the island of Barbados, the Green Monkey was designed by Tom Fazio and its routing offers both dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views out to sea.

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Description: Named after the Bajan green primates that inhabit the island of Barbados, the Green Monkey was designed by Tom Fazio and its routing offers both dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views out to sea. Rating: 6 out of 6

Lyford Cay

15th Caribbean Ranking

Canadian billionaire Edward Plunkett Taylor established the ultra-exclusive Lyford Cay Club in the late 1950s when he commissioned American architect Dick Wilson to lay out a lavish golf course...

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White Witch

16th Caribbean Ranking

With all but two of its fairways offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes at White Witch are carved through acres of lush green vegetation on Jamaica’s Rose Hall Plantation...

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Description: With all but two of its fairways offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes at White Witch are carved through acres of lush green vegetation on Jamaica’s Rose Hall Plantation... Rating: 5 out of 6

Sandy Lane (Country Club)

17th Caribbean Ranking

Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, Sandy Lane’s Country Club course was designed by Tom Fazio and it’s a quintessential gem.

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Description: Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, Sandy Lane’s Country Club course was designed by Tom Fazio and it’s a quintessential gem. Rating: 4 out of 6

Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)

18th Caribbean Ranking

The Chavón River cuts a deep path through the Casa de Campo landscape as it tumbles down from the Dominican mountains to the coast and the Dye Fore course sits high above the flowing waters...

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Description: The Chavón River cuts a deep path through the Casa de Campo landscape as it tumbles down from the Dominican mountains to the coast and the Dye Fore course sits high above the flowing waters... Rating: 5.75 out of 6

Pink Sands Club - Canouan

19th Caribbean Ranking

The course formerly known as Trump International and then the Grenadines Estate Golf Club and now The Pink Sands Club was designed by Jim Fazio and it's the focal point at this Canouan resort.

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Ocean Club

20th Caribbean Ranking

The golf course at the Ocean Club is routed around wetlands, waste areas and lagoons, with “Spyglass,” the 208-yard 12th one of the most memorable holes on the card.

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Description: The golf course at the Ocean Club is routed around wetlands, waste areas and lagoons, with “Spyglass,” the 208-yard 12th one of the most memorable holes on the card. Rating: 6 out of 6