Caribbean

Occupying an area of more than one million square miles, the Caribbean is situated southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland of North America, to the east of Central America and north of the South American continent. It consists of hundreds of islands, reefs and cays in the Caribbean Sea which were, at one time, colonies of European nations and many of them remain as overseas or dependent territories. As a consequence of this historical outside influence, you’re far more likely to be able to talk to islanders in English, Spanish, French or Dutch when you visit than attempt to converse using the local Creole language. Cricket is probably still the most popular team sport in the Caribbean, however the impressive number of track and field medals won at major athletics events is also testament to the sporting prowess of the region’s elite athletes.

The North Atlantic islands of Bermuda and Bahamas are not "officially" Caribbean, but we've grouped these two countries within our Caribbean collection because they seem to sit more comfortably here than anywhere else.

We feature around seventy courses across the Caribbean and Atlantic islands and all six major golf destinations in the area – Dominican Republic, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Jamaica – are represented in the elite top ten positions within our Caribbean and Atlantic Top 50 ranking list.

The Dominican Republic dominates with four courses: the regularly world-ranked Teeth of the Dog is a remarkable Pete Dye-designed course at the Casa de Campo resort, and this classy track is ably supported by the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada layout at Cap Cana, Tom Fazio’s 18-hole Corales course at Punta Cana and the Robert Trent Jones Snr.-designed Playa Grande, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation by his son, Robert Jnr.

Barbados has three courses regularly featured in the Caribbean rankings, two of which (Green Monkey and Country Club), are located at the world famous Sandy Lane resort, with the other layout situated at Royal Westmoreland. In the Bahamas, Baker’s Bay is a Tom Fazio design and it is supported, perhaps even bettered, by the Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie-designed Abaco Club at Winding Bay. These two layouts have catapulted the Abacos to the position of undisputed premier golfing destination of the Bahamas.

Bermuda punches well above its weight with the outstanding Charles Blair Macdonald-designed Mid Ocean Club perennially on the cusp of a World Top 100 ranking position. Puerto Rico did lose some of its golfing gloss down the years, but the 2015 TPC re-branding at Dorado Beach has applied plenty of PGA Tour-standard polish to the four courses at the resort. Finally, Jamaica is a strong golfing island with a dozen courses from which to choose. Three of the island’s best courses can be found near Montego Bay; White Witch and Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall and the Tryall Club, which has been welcoming golfers for more than fifty years.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Caribbean

Port Royal

21st Caribbean Ranking

Bermuda is virtually one enormous golf club and Port Royal is the most popular golf course on the islands.

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Description: Bermuda is virtually one enormous golf club and Port Royal is the most popular golf course on the islands. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

CuisinArt

22nd Caribbean Ranking

Billed as the Caribbean’s answer to Pebble Beach, the Greg Norman designed CuisinArt golf course (formerly called Temenos) certainly provides players with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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Description: Billed as the Caribbean’s answer to Pebble Beach, the Greg Norman designed CuisinArt golf course (formerly called Temenos) certainly provides players with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Rating: 4 out of 6

Palmas Athletic Club (Flamboyan)

23rd Caribbean Ranking

Fairways of the Flamboyan course at Palmas Athletic Club fan out alongside a 20-acre freshwater lake, some intersecting the Candelero River while others border the Caribbean Sea...

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Description: Fairways of the Flamboyan course at Palmas Athletic Club fan out alongside a 20-acre freshwater lake, some intersecting the Candelero River while others border the Caribbean Sea... Rating: 5 out of 6

Coco Beach (Championship)

24th Caribbean Ranking

Coco Beach Golf & Country Club was developed by Bruce Besse of Willowbend Golf & Land Design, this project was the first that Tom Kite Design was involved in outside the US...

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Cinnamon Hill

25th Caribbean Ranking

Originally designed in the early 1970s by Henry Smedley, Cinnamon Hill hosted the Jamaican Open four times before it was renovated in 2002 by Robert von Hagge...

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Description: Originally designed in the early 1970s by Henry Smedley, Cinnamon Hill hosted the Jamaican Open four times before it was renovated in 2002 by Robert von Hagge... Rating: 5 out of 6

Punta Cana (La Cana)

26th Caribbean Ranking

Thirty years after Pete Dye's classic Teeth of the Dog course debuted in 1971, his youngest son Paul Burke completed the construction of La Cana, Punta Cana’s first 18-hole layout.

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Description: Thirty years after Pete Dye's classic Teeth of the Dog course debuted in 1971, his youngest son Paul Burke completed the construction of La Cana, Punta Cana’s first 18-hole layout. Rating: 5 out of 6

Bahia Beach

27th Caribbean Ranking

Laid out on a wooded property to the north east of Puerto Rico, the Bahia Beach golf course works its way around 80 acres of saltwater lagoons before it ends with three holes along the Atlantic coast.

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Royal St Kitts

28th Caribbean Ranking

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...

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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: 4.75 out of 6

Coco Beach (International)

29th Caribbean Ranking

The International course enjoys a number of substantial elevation changes on its front nine and many golfers believe this Mountain circuit to be the best of the four 9-hole loops at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club in Puerto Rico.

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Description: The International course enjoys a number of substantial elevation changes on its front nine and many golfers believe this Mountain circuit to be the best of the four 9-hole loops at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club in Puerto Rico. Rating: 4 out of 6

Tucker's Point

30th Caribbean Ranking

Tucker's Point Club is Bermuda's newest luxury resort and private golf club.

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Description: Tucker's Point Club is Bermuda's newest luxury resort and private golf club. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6