Golf in Barbados
Barbadians love golf, and golfers love Barbados. Courses open to visitors are listed below.
Barbados Golf Club. The first public golf course on Barbados is an 18-hole championship course redesigned in 2000 by golf course architect Ron Kirby. The course has hosted numerous competitions including the European Senior tour in 2003. Several hotels offer preferential tee-time reservations and reduced rates. Club and shoe rentals are available. Hwy. 7, Durants, Christ Church, BB17090. 246/428–8463. www.barbadosgolfclub.com. $105 for 18 holes; $65 for 9 holes (carts not included). Unlimited three-day, five-day, and seven-day golf passes are available ($255, $400, $525 respectively). 18 holes, 6805 yards, par 72.
Country Club at Sandy Lane. At the prestigious Country Club at Sandy Lane, golfers can play on the Old Nine or on either of two 18-hole championship courses: the Tom Fazio–designed Country Club Course or the spectacular Green Monkey Course, which is reserved for hotel guests and club members only. The three layouts offer everything from a limestone quarry setting (Green Monkey), a modern-style with lakes (Country Club) or traditional small greens and narrow fairways (Old Nine). Golfers have complimentary use of the club's driving range. The Country Club Restaurant and Bar, which overlooks the 18th hole, is open to the public. Golf carts with GPS, caddies, or trolleys are available for hire, as are clubs and shoes. Carts are equipped with GPS, which alerts you to upcoming traps and hazards, provides tips on how to play the hole, and allows you to order refreshments! Sandy Lane, Hwy. 1, Paynes Bay, St. James, BB24024. 246/444–2500. www.sandylane.com/golf. $240 for 18 holes ($205 for hotel guests); $155 for 9 holes ($135 for hotel guests). Green Monkey Course: 18 holes, 7343 yards, par 72; Country Club Course: 18 holes, 7060 yards, par 72; Old Nine: 9 holes, 3345 yards, par 36.
Rockley Golf and Country Club. The semi-private Rockley Golf and Country Club, on the south coast has a challenging, tight little 9-hole parkland golf course that can be played as 18 holes from varying tee positions. The challenge here on Barbados’ oldest course can be deceiving as the par-threes are relatively long and the long par-four 5th measures 456 yards with a narrow fairway and sloping putting surface. Club and cart rentals are available. Weekly rates are available. Golf Club Rd., Rockley, Christ Church, BB15121. 246/435–7873. www.rockleygolfclub.com. $123 for 18 holes; $102 for 9 holes. 9 holes, 2833 yards, par 35.
Royal Westmoreland Golf Club. The Royal Westmoreland Golf Club has a well-regarded Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed,18-hole championship course that meanders through the 500-acre property. This challenging course is highlighted by challenging greens. A great set of par-three holes, and ocean views from every hole is primarily for members and villa renters, with a few midmorning tee times (no Saturdays) for visitors, subject to availability. Greens fees include use of an electric cart (required); club rental is available. Royal Westmoreland Resort, Westmoreland, St. James. 246/419–0394. www.royal-westmoreland.com. For villa renters or guests at hotels with golf privileges at the club: $215 for 18 holes, $108 for 9 holes; for visitors (10 am to 11 am tee times only) $260. 18 holes, 7045 yards, par 72.
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