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

Belmont Hills

41st Caribbean Ranking

Part of the luxury Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Californian Algie Pulley designed the course and the earth certainly moved.

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Description: Part of the luxury Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Californian Algie Pulley designed the course and the earth certainly moved. Rating: 5 out of 6

El Conquistador

42nd Caribbean Ranking

With sweeping ocean vistas from many of the holes – especially those with raised tees playing to generously wide fairways – the course routing at El Conquistador allows golfers to fully embrace the coastal views.

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Description: With sweeping ocean vistas from many of the holes – especially those with raised tees playing to generously wide fairways – the course routing at El Conquistador allows golfers to fully embrace the coastal views. Rating: 6 out of 6

Tobago Plantations

43rd Caribbean Ranking

Opened in 2001, the Tobago Plantations Estate course was co-designed by Marcus Blackburn and Bob Hunt of IGD (formerly PGA Design Consulting) and was host to the European Seniors Tour between 2002 and 2005.

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North Sound

44th Caribbean Ranking

North Sound Golf Club is Grand Cayman’s only 18-hole layout. Designed by Englishman Roy Case in 1994, the course is edged by palm trees where generous greens are protected by white powder sand bunkers.

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Description: North Sound Golf Club is Grand Cayman’s only 18-hole layout. Designed by Englishman Roy Case in 1994, the course is edged by palm trees where generous greens are protected by white powder sand bunkers. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Provo

45th Caribbean Ranking

Opened for play in 1992, the Karl Litten designed Provo Golf Club in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales is, according to the club, “a secret worth discovering”...

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TPC Dorado Beach Plantation (Sugarcane)

46th Caribbean Ranking

The Sugarcane course at the Plantation Club (now TPC) underwent an extensive renovation by Ray Floyd in 2005 when six new holes were constructed and three others were totally remodeled on the back nine.

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Blue Bay

47th Caribbean Ranking

The former Blaauw plantation was transformed into the Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort in the 1990s and American architect Rocky Roquemore was drafted in to design a par 72, 18-hole championship layout.

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Cedar Valley

48th Caribbean Ranking

Cedar Valley Golf Club is set quite spectacularly on high ground, affording panoramic views of the Caribbean coastline.

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Description: Cedar Valley Golf Club is set quite spectacularly on high ground, affording panoramic views of the Caribbean coastline. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Carambola

49th Caribbean Ranking

Constructed by Laurance Rockefeller in the mid-1960s, Carambola has remained one of the top golfing destinations in the Caribbean over the past four decades.

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Barbados

50th Caribbean Ranking

Laid out in two returning 9-hole circuits that finish on either side of a lake in front of the clubhouse, the revamped course at Barbados Golf Club offers a slightly tougher challenge than its predecessor.

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Description: Laid out in two returning 9-hole circuits that finish on either side of a lake in front of the clubhouse, the revamped course at Barbados Golf Club offers a slightly tougher challenge than its predecessor. Rating: 3 out of 6