Golf in Aruba
Golf may seem incongruous on an arid island such as Aruba, yet there are several popular courses. Trade winds and the occasional stray goat add unexpected hazards.
Aruba Golf Club. This 9-hole course has 20 sand traps, five water traps, roaming goats, and lots of cacti. There are also 11 greens covered with artificial turf, making 18-hole tournaments a possibility. The clubhouse has a bar and locker rooms. Greens fees are $25 for 9 holes, $35 for 18 holes. Golf carts are available. Golfweg 82, San Nicolas. 297/584–2006.
The Links at Divi Aruba. This 9-hole course was designed by Karl Litten and Lorie Viola. The par-36 flat layout stretches to 2952 yards and features paspalum grass (best for seaside courses) and takes you past beautiful lagoons. It is a testy little course with water abounding, making accuracy more important than distance. Amenities include a golf school with professional instruction, a swing-analysis station, a driving range, and a two-story golf clubhouse with a pro shop. Two restaurants are available: Windows on Aruba for fine dining and Mulligan's for a casual and quick lunch. Divi Aruba Resort, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad. 297/581–4653. www.divilinks.com. $90 for 9 holes, $129 for 18 holes, Dec.–Apr. 9 holes, 2952 yards, par 36.
Tierra del Sol. Stretching out to 6811 yards, this stunning course is situated on the northwest coast near the California Lighthouse and is Aruba’s only 18-hole course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tierra del Sol combines Aruba's native beauty—cacti and rock formations, stunning views, and good conditioning. Wind can also be a factor here on the rolling terrain as are the abundant bunkers and water hazards. Greens fees include a golf cart equipped with GPS and a communications system that allows you to order drinks for your return to the clubhouse. The fully-stocked golf shop is one of the Caribbean's most elegant, with an extremely attentive staff. Malmokweg. 297/586–0978. www.tierradelsol.com. $159 in the morning, $129 from 1 p.m.; three and five-day packages also available. 18 holes, 6811 yards, par 71.
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