Royal St Kitts - St Kitts and Nevis

Royal St Kitts Golf Club,
Basseterre,
St Kitts


  • +869 466 2700

  • Golf Club Website

  • Quarter of a mile N of St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Frigate Bay Road

  • Welcome, special twilight rates available

  • Sean Gradomski

  • Peter Thomson, Thomas McBroom

  • Scott Lien

Laid out between Half Moon Bay and North Frigate Bay on the island of St Kitts, the resort course at Basseterre was inaugurated in the mid 1970s and for over twenty-five years its delightful charms were enjoyed by a great number of visiting golfers.

Come the new millennium however, the layout was looking decidedly tired and so the management of the Marriot hotel group who run the course decided to radically update the course, calling in prolific Canadian designer Tom McBroom to renovate the design.

After almost two years of remodeling on the 125-acre site, nine holes of the revamped McBroom course were unveiled at the end of 2003 with the full 18-hole Royal St Kitts layout opening for play a year later.

According to Tom McBroom's PR release: "In 2002, Marriott's Royal St. Kitts debuted as Tom McBroom's first design in the Caribbean and immediately took its place among the region's most popular courses next to Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican and Green Monkey in Barbados. McBroom artfully routed the holes along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, presenting golfers with a variety of shots, ever-present wind and spectacular ocean views. Royal St. Kitts is planted with seashore paspalum grass ideal for the Caribbean. The greens are aesthetic gems with subtle to severe swales that test a player's shot-making ability and short game."

The new par-71 course measures around 6,900 yards from the back tees and its palm-fringed fairways are strung out along the Atlantic coast of the island, culminating in a spectacular closing sequence of holes between the 15th and 17th that run along the Caribbean Sea.

Royal St Kitts professional, Scott Lien, commented as follows "Our signature hole is the par three 15th. It measures 165 yards from the championship tees and sits atop the highest point on the golf course. With the Atlantic Ocean as a beautiful backdrop for the hole, you'll be able to see neighbouring islands of Saba, St. Maarten, and Nevis.

The hardest handicapped hole on the course is hole 6, a par four measuring 457 yards from the championship tees. Playing into the prevailing wind makes this a long and difficult hole with bunkers lining both sides of the fairway and surrounding the long, narrow green."

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Description: Laid out between Half Moon Bay and North Frigate Bay on the island of St Kitts, the resort golf course of Royal St Kitts at Basseterre was inaugurated in the mid 1970s... Rating: 4.8 out of 6 Reviews: 4

I play here most years. My 2017 visit was in January. The course is now thoroughly bedded in after its redesign, and is a real pleasure.

It is beautiful, a proper challenge, but reasonably forgiving. A bad shot costs you a shot or two, not a reload. Very good greens, fairways in excellent condition, tees not quite so good. The Atlantic holes are some of the most spectacular you will see anywhere.

The course was uncrowded, the clubhouse is good, the staff very helpful and the whole thing was very good value.

6 / 6
Royal St Kitts
November 25, 2017


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Played here in January 2015. Some of the views are stunning and the course was in very good condition. Most holes offer a good challenge with the wind playing a part in several areas. Well worth a visit.
4 / 6
Royal St Kitts
April 26, 2015


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I am a very regular visitor to St.Kitts and Nevis, and have been playing this course since the mid-1990s.The revamp was much needed, and since then, it has, in my opinion, become the best course on the two islands. It is also by far the best value for money.Four Seasons on Nevis may have slightly better views, but if you want to play golf, this is a better challenge, with 16 really good holes, some of which are truly spectacular, and couple of lacklustre, but OK, holes on the Caribbean side.The prices are pretty reasonable for a Caribbean course of this quality, and the course is generally in decent condition. Greens are tough to read, but give a true roll, the fairways are usually pretty good. The tees have been a bit rough on a couple of occasions, but nothing bad enough to cause problems.Thoroughly recommended.
5 / 6
Royal St Kitts
April 07, 2015


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One of the main reasons for visiting St Kitts in 2002 was to play this course. Unfortunately it wasn’t open. However, I did play the course while it was in construction (there was nobody around and nobody challenged me, so what the heck) and was mightily impressed with the layout and routing. It was one of the most surreal golfing experiences of my life, playing round a course that was incomplete and frankly in less than perfect condition. However, I’m basing this review on what I imagine the finished article would be like with sand in the bunkers and mowed greens and I have to say that I liked what I saw but will it be better than the wonderful RTJII course at Fours Seasons Nevis?
4 / 6
Royal St Kitts
June 04, 2010


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