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.