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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. Designed by Karl Litten and Lorie Viola, this 9-hole, par-36, paspalum-grass course (best for seaside courses) takes you past beautiful lagoons. 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. Greens fees are $90 for 9 holes, $129 for 18 from December to April; guests of the Divi properties get a discount. Divi Aruba Resort, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad. 297/581–4653.

Tierra del Sol. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this 18-hole championship course combines Aruba's native beauty—cacti and rock formations—with the lush greens of the world's best courses. The stunning course is on the northwest coast near the California Lighthouse. The greens fees vary depending on the time of day (from December to March it is $159 in the morning, $131 for early afternoon, and $100 from 3 pm). The fee includes a golf cart equipped with a communications system that allows you to order drinks for your return to the clubhouse. Half-day golf clinics, a bargain at $55, are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The pro shop is one of the Caribbean's most elegant, with an extremely attentive staff. Malmokweg. 297/586–0978.

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