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

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

1st Caribbean Ranking

There’s one golf course at Casa de Campo with a bark as well as a bite and it’s Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog.

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Description: There’s one golf course at Casa de Campo with a bark as well as a bite and it’s Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog. Rating: 5.1818181818182 out of 6

Mid Ocean Club

2nd Caribbean Ranking

The “Father of Golf Architecture”, Charles Blair Macdonald, originally laid out the Mid Ocean Club in 1921 adjacent to the Atlantic.

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Description: The “Father of Golf Architecture”, Charles Blair Macdonald, originally laid out the Mid Ocean Club in 1921 adjacent to the Atlantic. Rating: 5.75 out of 6

Punta Espada

3rd Caribbean Ranking

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

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Description: Punta Espada Golf Club's 18-hole layout at Cap Cana is the first of three intended Jack Nicklaus courses at this resort. Rating: 6 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Abaco Club

5th Caribbean Ranking

The Abaco Club has been laid out on predominantly low lying sandy ground next to the turquoise Atlantic Ocean with hard and fast-running tee to green surfaces.

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Description: The Abaco Club has been laid out on predominantly low lying sandy ground next to the turquoise Atlantic Ocean with hard and fast-running tee to green surfaces. Rating: 6 out of 6

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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Royal Westmoreland

7th 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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Description: Royal Westmoreland is one of the best residential and golf club communities in the Caribbean and offers fabulous ocean views from every hole. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

TPC Dorado Beach (East)

8th Caribbean Ranking

The East course at TPC Dorado Beach has twice hosted the prestigious World Cup tournament, contested by teams of two representing their country.

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Description: The East course at TPC Dorado Beach has twice hosted the prestigious World Cup tournament, contested by teams of two representing their country. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Tryall

9th Caribbean Ranking

The Tryall Club opened in 1958 and was one of the first golf courses of real character to be built in the Caribbean.

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Description: The Tryall Club opened in 1958 and was one of the first golf courses of real character to be built in the Caribbean. Rating: 5 out of 6

Playa Grande

10th 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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Description: 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... Rating: 6 out of 6