Best Caribbean Island to golf at?

My wife and I are taking a caribbean vacation this October. I want to golf and she wants the beach. Which island or place do you recommend to go to play great golf and what were the rates if you remember...
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Is this on a cruise? Which Island are you going to? I work on cruise ships as a golf instructor and I have been to 95% of the islands in the Caribbean and have played golf. Give me some more info on which island you are staying and I can tell you where to start looking into. PM me if you want!
But if you just want to know the best here goes. Anything in the Playa del Carmen up to Cancun Mexico. Cozumel Golf and CC is great. The "best" courses would be the White Witch in Jamacia, Green Monkey Barbados $1000 per person, Teeth of the Dog in Dom Rep, Puerto Rico has some nice courses. Aruba has a great course called Tierra del Sol. Grand Cayman had one but got hit by a hurricane but I think the Ritz is up and running. Not sure about that one. Last time I was there we were not selling golf. I was playing with the Stingrays. Ah ha. St Kitts has a great golf course at the Marriot. Great condition and fun. Some great ocean views.
Stay away from St. Thomas ( i know its fun), St. Lucia but they do have the St. Lucia Golf and CC it is nice. Sandles isnt, St. Marteen, Curacau, Martanique, Antiqua, Barbados has the golf club and it sucks. Royal West Morland is great but private.
Im just rambling here. Just tell me where you are going or what you are looking for. I say you cant beat Mexico. All inclusive resorts if you like drinking and golf and crystal clear water!
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Is this on a cruise? Which Island are you going to? I work on cruise ships as a golf instructor and I have been to 95% of the islands in the Caribbean and have played golf. Give me some more info on which island you are staying and I can tell you where to start looking into. PM me if you want!
But if you just want to know the best here goes. Anything in the Playa del Carmen up to Cancun Mexico. Cozumel Golf and CC is great. The "best" courses would be the White Witch in Jamacia, Green Monkey Barbados $1000 per person, Teeth of the Dog in Dom Rep, Puerto Rico has some nice courses. Aruba has a great course called Tierra del Sol. Grand Cayman had one but got hit by a hurricane but I think the Ritz is up and running. Not sure about that one. Last time I was there we were not selling golf. I was playing with the Stingrays. Ah ha. St Kitts has a great golf course at the Marriot. Great condition and fun. Some great ocean views.
Stay away from St. Thomas ( i know its fun), St. Lucia but they do have the St. Lucia Golf and CC it is nice. Sandles isnt, St. Marteen, Curacau, Martanique, Antiqua, Barbados has the golf club and it sucks. Royal West Morland is great but private.
Im just rambling here. Just tell me where you are going or what you are looking for. I say you cant beat Mexico. All inclusive resorts if you like drinking and golf and crystal clear water!
Thinking about cancun..playa del carmen...food in dominican republic..poor. I want to play something very scenic and a great track. Do you know Mike Cole at White Witch..hes a friend of my wifes. This used to be the Ritz Carlton right??
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White Witch is still part of the Ritz.
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Not sure how you can say food in Dominican Republic is poor ( I would say it's excellent but I am biased since I live here). The DR has become a great golfing destination. At Casa de Campo in La Romana you have the previously mentioned Teeth of the Dog. Casa de Campo also has Dye Fore, The Links, The New Nine and La Romana CC (private but playable if arranged prior to arrival.) La Estancia is another new Dye course within 10 mins drive of Casa de Campo. Within an hour you also have Gary Player's Guvaberry and Metro country club. On the East Coast in Punta Cana you have Nicklaus designed Punta Espada at Cap Cana host of this years Champions Tour event the Cap Cana Classic. Punta Cana also has PB Dye's La Cana, Nick Price's Punta Blanca, and Nick Faldos Roco Ki. If you make it to the North Coast you definately have to try Robert Trent Jones Sr's Playa Grande Course (nicknamed the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean).
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do you guys recommend golfing in dominican republic vs mexico....cancun or playa del carmen??
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Is this on a cruise? Which Island are you going to? I work on cruise ships as a golf instructor and I have been to 95% of the islands in the Caribbean and have played golf. Give me some more info on which island you are staying and I can tell you where to start looking into. PM me if you want!
But if you just want to know the best here goes. Anything in the Playa del Carmen up to Cancun Mexico. Cozumel Golf and CC is great. The "best" courses would be the White Witch in Jamacia, Green Monkey Barbados $1000 per person, Teeth of the Dog in Dom Rep, Puerto Rico has some nice courses. Aruba has a great course called Tierra del Sol. Grand Cayman had one but got hit by a hurricane but I think the Ritz is up and running. Not sure about that one. Last time I was there we were not selling golf. I was playing with the Stingrays. Ah ha. St Kitts has a great golf course at the Marriot. Great condition and fun. Some great ocean views.
Stay away from St. Thomas ( i know its fun), St. Lucia but they do have the St. Lucia Golf and CC it is nice. Sandles isnt, St. Marteen, Curacau, Martanique, Antiqua, Barbados has the golf club and it sucks. Royal West Morland is great but private.
Im just rambling here. Just tell me where you are going or what you are looking for. I say you cant beat Mexico. All inclusive resorts if you like drinking and golf and crystal clear water!
Thinking about cancun..playa del carmen...food in dominican republic..poor. I want to play something very scenic and a great track. Do you know Mike Cole at White Witch..hes a friend of my wifes. This used to be the Ritz Carlton right??
You know Cancun is nowhere near the Caribbean, right?
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do you guys recommend golfing in dominican republic vs mexico....cancun or playa del carmen??
If in Punta Cana, I reccomend Punta Blanca.. played it a couple of weeks ago, and was thoroughly impressed. Pretty forgiving course too.
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I played Cocotal golf and country club in Punta Cana, DR. The course was nothing special. The ball rolled forever and was wide open with no great breathtaking views. I was hitting irons into par 5s from the tips. Not what I imagined for caribbean golf!!!
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You know Cancun is nowhere near the Caribbean, right?
Uh - are you sure about that? Last time I checked it was the Caribbean Sea (unless the Gulf has moved south or the Atlantic west).
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I would strongly recommend the DR over Playa Del Carmen.
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Hey Guys:
I have played and stayed in both Playa del Carmen and Punta Cana. The hotels in my opinion are nicer in Playa Del Carmen area. There is great golf in Playa as well- there is a Rober Von Hagge course that has a slope of 147 (might be higher) from the tips! There is also the new Greg Norman course and an amazing new Dye course that is part of a new adults only higher end all-inclusive hotel called Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso. A close friend went there and said it was amazing. I have stayed at a placed called Royal Hideaway Resort and Spa 4 times. It is a smaller property with 200 rooms and is an adults only high end all inclusive. The service and hotel are incredible. They are one of the only all-inclusive properties to be part of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. The rooms are set up in villa complexes with 6-8 rooms over 2 floors per villa. Each complex has its own concierge to arrange anything you need. The beach in front of this property is the nicest out of any of the hotels and it actually won best beach resort in mexico a couple years ago. They just did some great rennov. after the hurricane came through. It is only a 5 min. walk to downtown Playa as well which is great for restaurants, sports bars, etc. Other hotels to look at are the new Intercontinental and Mandarin Oriental that are part of the new Greg Norman course and development area. These are much larger properties.
In Punta Cana- the La Cana course is a great PB Dye course. The new Nicklaus course at Punta Espada looks incredible and the hotels that will be part of this development will be great. Just not sure if they are open or fully open yet. I know in another year or so there will be a Ritz Carlton there. Overall, I think there will be 5 Nicklaus courses in this area. I think in time Punta Cana will be a great golf destination but just not yet. I would prefer Playa Del Carmen for now.
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I'd have to agree with the Dominican Republic, the new Nicklaus course was under construction when I honeymooned there 2 years ago, and teeth of the dog is tremendous.!!!!
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Hey Guys:
I have played and stayed in both Playa del Carmen and Punta Cana. The hotels in my opinion are nicer in Playa Del Carmen area. There is great golf in Playa as well- there is a Rober Von Hagge course that has a slope of 147 (might be higher) from the tips! There is also the new Greg Norman course and an amazing new Dye course that is part of a new adults only higher end all-inclusive hotel called Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso. A close friend went there and said it was amazing.
I'll have to agree. Played the Dye course in February with a guy that has also played the Norman course (PGA has an event there end of Feb or beginning of Mar). I loved the Dye course at Paraiso (stayed there - was great). He said the Norman course was a bit tougher but preferred the Dye course. Definitely a championship style layout and condition with very little traffic to boot. Played for $65 since we stayed there. $130 otherwise (I think)
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Btw, you can stay there without spending the extra money for the higher end. It's actually 3 resorts in one. It's not like 1 party, 1 kids, and 1 adult. But different packages. The expensive one is pretty private, but the other two just offer a variance in scenery from each other for pretty reasonable cost ( and share all restaurants, pools, beaches, etc.) Would highly recommend.
Would have to add, we did not like the food as much in DR. But I'm sure this varies a lot resort to resort. Personally, I would not let that hold me back. My beef was with the travel (pretty much a full day out instead of 1/2 like Riviera Maya)
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Btw, you can stay there without spending the extra money for the higher end. It's actually 3 resorts in one. It's not like 1 party, 1 kids, and 1 adult. But different packages. The expensive one is pretty private, but the other two just offer a variance in scenery from each other for pretty reasonable cost ( and share all restaurants, pools, beaches, etc.) Would highly recommend.
Would have to add, we did not like the food as much in DR. But I'm sure this varies a lot resort to resort. Personally, I would not let that hold me back. My beef was with the travel (pretty much a full day out instead of 1/2 like Riviera Maya)
What is the name of the cheaper resorts. Are you suggesting DR or cancun (and what resort in cancun)
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I lived in Puerto Rico and visited DR. Both have excellent golf and great beaches.
It might depend on how easy you want your trip to be. PR is much easier to get to and get around. You almost feel at home with all the walmarts, malls, etc. There are some unbelievable beaches and tons of golf.
DR might have a couple of nicer courses, but it is a little bit trickier to get around, passports and stuff like that.
My vote is for PR just for convience factor and there are some amazing things to do. Go to vieques and take a night trip into the bioluminecent bay. You have never seen anything like it in your life. Beaches on Vieques are unreal or even better is Culebra, might have the best beach in all the Carribean.
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Btw, you can stay there without spending the extra money for the higher end. It's actually 3 resorts in one. It's not like 1 party, 1 kids, and 1 adult. But different packages. The expensive one is pretty private, but the other two just offer a variance in scenery from each other for pretty reasonable cost ( and share all restaurants, pools, beaches, etc.) Would highly recommend.
Would have to add, we did not like the food as much in DR. But I'm sure this varies a lot resort to resort. Personally, I would not let that hold me back. My beef was with the travel (pretty much a full day out instead of 1/2 like Riviera Maya)
What is the name of the cheaper resorts. Are you suggesting DR or cancun (and what resort in cancun)
Iberostar Play del Paraiso is the one im pretty sure he is talking about, absolutely amazing IMO, didnt get to play the course when i was there unfortunately
Pretty sure in Most expensive to least expensive it goes
Grand Hotel Paraiso(new adult only one)
Maya(Top one of the 4 all ages resorts)
Lindo(stayed in the Lindo, basically get everything except for 1 or 2 restaurants in Maya)
Del Mar(Cheaper, dont get as many restaurants, and there are smaller pools etc.)
Beach(same thing as Del Mar)
Basically the way they set it up is that they give different colored bracelets to the different resorts, so Maya was silver, and you could eat anywhere/go to any of the pools, Lindo was gold, and you could eat almost anywhere, and so on with Beach only having access to a few restaurants/pools
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Yes, Del Mar is where we stayed. Pretty reasonable.
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according to the Iberostar Grand Paraiso's website- golf is included in your all inclusive price- stay 4 nights and get 1 free round per person. Stay 5-7 nights and you get 2 rounds per person.
Another great new hotel opening in July is the Secrets Maroma. www.tripadvisor.com is a great website to see reviews and learn about hotels, etc..
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Puerto Rico definitly, the problem with the golf market there is that they have too many courses in one small island...THAT SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN FOR GOLFERS!!!
They have courses designed by Norman, Player, Kite, Fazio and a design by Ferdinand Garbin which rescued 15 years ago an design by Donald Ross that turned into pasture in the town of Coamo.
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the wife and i liked barbados, the sandy lanes resort. Tiger got Married there and i think they had the international or some pga tourny there a year or 2 ago. also you may want to have deep pockets to stay at the resort, try the hilton at barbados of the crane resort.
there is also the barbado country club witch is alright.
all and all only two courses i know of, but only one really great course.
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hilton right on ocean with views of bridgetown and ships entering and departing port in the back ground, west side of island, calm water but lots of reefs.
the crane east side of island, more waves but privet beach, unless folk pay to get to it. also heard was at one time 10 top beaches for the rich and famous.
one more thing us dallor is almost double theirs.
most stuff is cheap,for example, we took about 3000 extra for food and every thing, ended up on a 1500 shoping spree. NOTE WE DO NOT DRINK. alcohol is dirt cheap example johny walker blue $100 a bottle, jewlery is also cheap, bought a 500 dollar watch for 220 duty free.
talked to people there that had been coming back every year for 40+ years....
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You know Cancun is nowhere near the Caribbean, right?
Uh - are you sure about that? Last time I checked it was the Caribbean Sea (unless the Gulf has moved south or the Atlantic west).
Well, If you consider New York close to Denver, then I guess you're right...