Tierra del Sol - Aruba

Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf,
Malmokweg,
Aruba,
Dutch Caribbean


  • +297 5867800

  • Cisco Quant

  • Robert Trent Jones Jnr.

  • Oliver Riding

Tierra del Sol is situated on the stunning northwestern corner of Aruba where the Caribbean Sea glistens in an ever-present fashion. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr., this is a desert course with panoramic ocean views. It opened for play in 1995 and it’s a cracker.

Measuring 6,811 yards from the tips, Tierra del Sol is a challenging course, especially when the trade winds are freshening. It’s the finest course on the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) and a downwind par five eases you gently into your round. Look out for the natural coral rock outcrops on the 2nd hole, a lovely par four. The 3rd is a brilliant par three and perhaps the signature hole on the course. Measuring 180 yards from the back tees, aim on the right edge of the green and let the trade winds do the rest.

The 7th is another lovely par three and a difficult one too with the breeze from the California Dunes. Take an extra club or two. In fact the par threes here at Tierra del Sol are very strong indeed and the 15th is quite spectacular which demands an accurate tee shot across a lake.

If you can avoid the desert outcrops, the many bunkers and the numerous water hazards and you can negotiate your way through the trade winds, then you might score well. If you can’t, you’ll still enjoy Tierra del Sol, it’s a great course on the wonderful hot Caribbean Island of Aruba.

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Description: Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf is situated on the stunning northwestern corner of Aruba where the Caribbean Sea glistens in an ever-present fashion. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 5

I find this course to be very enjoyable and well worth the effort if you happen to be in Aruba. As mentioned in the below reviews the course is constantly buffeted by strong winds however it is cleverly designed to minimize the impact most of the long holes play downwind while the holes into the wind are partially sheltered by mounding with the exception of the 4th which is brutal despite being a short par 4.

The front nine looks and plays like a desert links and is more affected by the wind than the back fortunately the first 3 holes are downwind par 5, par 4 then a par 3 it is possible to get off to a flying start if playing well the par 3 is quite picturesque with the lighthouse off to the side. The 4th and 5th turn back into the wind and the rest of the front nine plays back and forth either wind behind or against there are very few shots with a side wind on the front nine which is probably a good thing. The holes finishing the front nine will be the closest you get to the ocean during the round.

The back nine starts with a very elevated tee next to the half way house and has a brilliant view for miles around, Aruba is a very flat island and from this vantage point you can see a great deal of it along with some of the clearest water you will ever see. The best holes on the back 9 are 14 and 15 the 14th is a tough par 5 with the wind against and from the side the last half of the hole has a lagoon running down the left side and that is the direction the wind is going. The 15th is a par 3 with the lagoon covering the front and right side of the green often you need to aim out into the water and trust that the wind will bring it back onto the green.

I have played Tierre Del Sol numerous times and the service has always been good all of the carts have GPS which helps my scoring immensely I’m not sure if carts are mandatory however I’ve never seen anyone walking.

4 / 6
Tierra del Sol
August 13, 2017


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Tierra del Sol is a lovely course. I agree with the previous comments regarding the routing of the course and the fact that they've taken into consideration the prevailing winds. That being said, Aruba is probably too windy for golf, 3-4 clubs difference is the norm here, and it's just tiring and more difficult to enjoy the game. Playing straight down or up wind is quite easy, but side winds in that strength are probably too hard to deal with for the average golfers. The stretch 13th-15th is for me the best part of the round. The scenery around the course is great, and so is the Arubean welcome. Cédric
4 / 6
Tierra del Sol
February 18, 2016


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Played 03/09/2014 and the course was overall enjoyable. The routing expertly used the prevailing winds as many short holes played into the wind while long holes played with the wind. Conditions were poor but the holes themselves were fun. Best course on Aruba!
4 / 6
Tierra del Sol
March 12, 2014


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Played- March 9th, 2014This course was an outstanding desert course, that used its Aruban, powerful winds to a great advantage. The way the architect designed this course was so that the short par 4's were against the wind, while on the long par 4's the wind was with the golfers. An excellent hole was the 160 yard par 3, which had the lighthouse off to the right, and an ocean view off to the back of the green. This course is definitely one my favourite in the Caribbean.
4 / 6
Tierra del Sol
March 12, 2014


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Stayed here last month in one of the Tierra del Sol villas and it's a friendly resort on one of the less well known islands. The course itself is a decent and interesting challenge which is simplified by the GPS system in the carts so there is no need to refer to a yardage chart. 14th and 15th holes are really strong and my personal favourites.
4 / 6
Tierra del Sol
October 01, 2006


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