Commander John D Harris carved the Tobago Golf Club, as it was originally called, out of an old coconut plantation in 1968. The following year, the club hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.
Subsequently re-branded as the Mount Irvine Bay Golf Club the course is regarded as one of the best tracks in the Caribbean.
With spectacular sea views of Buccoo Reef from every hole, the course is laid out on a 127-acre site that rises inland on natural terraces from the sea, featuring many fairways that are framed by bamboo and palm trees.
An 18-hole, par 72 course measuring a shade under 6,800 yards, Mount Irvine is laid out in two returning loops of nine with five par fives (ranging from 465 to 535 yards) and five par threes (only two of which are less than 200 yards).
With more than half of the fairways kinking left or right, the architect certainly liked to incorporate doglegged holes into his design – none more so that at the 472-yard, par four, 9th where the elevated tee allows golfers to see all the water, sand and arboreal hazards on their way to the green.
I visited Tobago in February 2020 for a 60th birthday celebration . I had read the terrible reviews regarding Mount Irvine and I decided to check it out as we were staying only five minutes along the road . There was only one elderly lady in the shop who was extremely pleasant and helpful and advised on the cost etc . I met up with a local caddie called Andres who was very pleasant and he said that he would bring me a set of clubs and we could play 18 holes the next day .True to his word Andres brought the clubs - I paid my green fee and buggy and I enjoyed some Millionaires Golf out on the course as we were the only ones playing .
The course was in good condition and a really super design . The par fives are very fair as you can see all before you , and the par threes are of various lengths .
As a Scot who has played all over the world I must say that I had a great round and really enjoyed the course .
There is a small bar at the shop where we enjoyed a beer after the round .
So the course is certainly worth a visit if you want a holiday game . It is easy walking if you can bear the heat .
If you need a caddie ask for Andres - a true gentleman
I have to agree with Mark here. I played this course back in the early 1980s and it was not well cared for. Debris from the trees littered the fairways and the grass was poorly cut. The greens were slow and seemed overgrown. The high point as I recall were the spectacular views overlooking the ocean and the reefs.
My name is Jason Patterson the recently appointed General Manager & Golf Director of Mt Irvine Bay Resort in Tobago.
I can say with full confidence that the work we have completed in the last six months, you would be presently surprised to see a dramatic change in the Mt Irvine Golf Course. The three ponds are now clean on 18, 7 and 9 with aerator fountains installed. Fairways are tight, rough is down. Greens will be perfect in the next three months or sooner. The 15th green has been re seeded due to infestation of weeds. We are returning this stunning golf course back to its original design.
Please ask for me when you arrive at the Pro Shop, I would be happy to update you on the golf course on work we have completed and in to the future.