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.

Top 100 features more than fifty courses across the Caribbean islands, indeed we were the first publication to produce a Caribbean Top 50 in 2011 (simply scroll down this page to see the latest list). All five major golf destinations in the Caribbean – Dominican Republic, Barbados, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica – are usually represented in the elite top ten positions within that 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 Top 10, 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. Puerto Rico has lost some of its golfing gloss in recent years but the Trump International Golf Club at Rio Grande has received plenty of polish from the American businessman since the facility’s humble beginnings as the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. 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

Cap Cana (Punta Espada)

2nd Caribbean Ranking

The Punta Espada 18-hole layout at Cap Cana is the first of three intended Jack Nicklaus courses at this resort.

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Sandy Lane (Green Monkey)

3rd Caribbean Ranking

Named after the Bajan green primates that inhabit the island of Barbados, the Green Monkey was designed by Tom Fazio and its routing offers both dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views out to sea.

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Punta Cana (Corales)

4th Caribbean Ranking

The Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Course opened for play in April 2010. With six Oceanside holes and a dramatic 18th, it's already a high flyer in the Caribbean rankings.

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Royal Westmoreland

5th Caribbean Ranking

Royal Westmoreland is one of the best residential and golf club communities in the Caribbean and offers fabulous ocean views from every hole.

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Baker’s Bay

6th Caribbean Ranking

Laid out on a sliver of sandy shoreline along the west flank of Great Guana Cay, Baker’s Bay first opened in 2010 when it was unveiled as Discovery Land Company’s fourteenth residential golf project.

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Playa Grande

7th Caribbean Ranking

The course at Playa Grande was one of the last that Robert Trent Jones designed before he died in 2000 and it’s located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic...

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Sandy Lane (Country Club)

8th Caribbean Ranking

Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, Sandy Lane’s Country Club course was designed by Tom Fazio and it’s a quintessential gem.

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Coco Beach (Championship)

9th 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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White Witch

10th Caribbean Ranking

With all but two of its fairways offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes at White Witch are carved through acres of lush green vegetation on Jamaica’s Rose Hall Plantation...

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