This course is certainty one of the best in the Caribbean built around the top of a hill and carved out of jungle like vegetation it has undulating terrain and elevation changes that produce many interesting holes. The front nine takes you up the hill before playing several holes around an old mine site before returning back down the hill toward the clubhouse holes 6 through 9 provide expansive views of the sea below.
While the front 9 is outstanding the back nine kicks it up a gear again it too starts off up the hill in a different direction before working its way across and then down the mountain with a fun downhill downwind par 4 to finish.
The par 3’s on this course get most of the acclaim and they are outstanding particularly the 16th which is played over a lake with a cave behind the green it also has great views of the sea in the distance. There is great variety in the par 4’s at Apes Hill with no two alike they differ greatly in distance and direction the 13th and 14th are my personal favorites the 13th being a long hole with a challenging second shot over a ravine to a receptive green while the 14th is short uphill dogleg which has an elevated green that is significantly more difficult to hit and hold. The par 5’s are a mixture with the spectacular sweeping 6th hole off set by the 15th which is the only ordinary hole on the course in my opinion although it is reachable for a lot of players, the other two par 5’s provide the start to each 9 and while being interesting they are both uphill and into the prevailing wind which can be a brutal start.
Apes Hill Club is very affluent place you drive past polo fields to get to the course and the clubhouse has an infinity pool at the front, the course was in exceptional condition both times I played. This course is difficult aside from the start to both nines the greens can be hard to read and the bunkers are large providing a true penalty if you find yourself in one.
Having played many of the top courses in the Caribbean I believe Apes Hill is right near the top and would highly recommend a round there.
Date: April 12, 2018