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,” and it’s a hidden gem becoming ever harder to conceal as an increasing number of intrepid golfers discover its charms.
The layout of this green oasis is very natural and rugged – routed as it is through natural outcrops of limestone – and it adopts a minimalistic approach to the number of sand hazards on the course with only around 30 bunkers and waste areas on the property.
Don’t stray too far from the lush fairways, though, as there are over 2,500 palm trees to penalise wayward shots and with water forming the main defence here – half a dozen holes on both the front and the back nine have freshwater lakes coming into play – Provo offers more than just a run-of-the-mill resort golf course experience.
Provo Golf Club is located on the island of Providenciales, which is in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s a very conveniently located course, only about 1 mile out of the centre of the region known as Grace Bay. This is where all the major resorts are located.
I visit the island, regularly and have a frequent playing pass, so get to play whenever the mood takes me. PGC has recently had a revamp, the whole course has been re-turfed with a Platinum Paspalum grass. The recent upgrade has included the tee-boxes, traps, greens and fairways. All are now in excellent condition.
The course varies depending on the direction of the wind. This is important for mid-handicappers to select the correct club for the tee. The holes are not long, but some par 4 would b e unreachable when really windy.
The back 9 holes are really the signature holes, with more interesting hole layouts and harder greens. At the moment the greens are pretty hard-panned, so with little give. I’m a senior golfer, and I found this time the par 3’s to be very challenging, especially the 14th, a 9-iron onto the green, but a hard, downhill roll which was a good trick in the design, but made the hole more difficult.
Provo Golf Course gives a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It just might not be long enough to be truly championship, but it is just long enough to be a challenge. There are 4 sets of tees, so I’d suspect whatever your standard you would have a fun round.
The staff were always on good form, and very friendly. I got a very quick round in, just under 4 hours, but I started early on Wednesday morning. They say that you would normally get a round in between 4 and 4 and a half hours.