Golf

Barbadians love golf, and golfers love Barbados. Courses open to visitors are listed below.

Barbados Golf Club. The first public golf course on Barbados, an 18-hole championship course, was 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. Cart, trolley, club, and shoe rentals are all available. Hwy. 7, Durants, Christ Church, BB17090. 246/428–8463; www.barbadosgolfclub.com. $105 for 18 holes; $55 for 9 holes; 3-, 5-, and 7-day passes $255, $400, $525, respectively.

Country Club at Sandy Lane. At this prestigious club, golfers can play the Old Nine or either of two 18-hole championship courses: the Tom Fazio–designed Country Club Course and the spectacular Green Monkey Course, which is reserved for hotel guests and club members. The layouts offer a limestone quarry setting (Green Monkey), a modern style with lakes (Country Club), and traditional small greens and narrow fairways (Old Nine). Golfers can use the driving range for free. The Country Club Restaurant and Bar, overlooking the 18th hole, is open to the public. Caddies, trolleys, clubs, and shoes are available for rent, as are GPS-equipped carts, which alert you to upcoming hazards, give tips on how to play holes, and even let you order refreshments. Sandy Lane, Hwy. 1, Sunset Crest, St. James, BB24024. 246/444–2500; www.sandylane.com/golf. $240 for 18 holes ($200 hotel guests); $150 for 9 holes ($130 guests); 7-day pass $1,350 ($1,250 guests).

Royal Westmoreland Golf Club. This well-regarded Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed, 18-hole championship course meanders through 500 tropically landscaped acres. Highlights include challenging greens, a great set of par threes, and ocean views from every hole. The course is primarily for members and villa renters, with 10 to 11 am tee times for visitors, subject to availability (no Saturdays). Greens fees include an electric cart (required); club and shoe rentals are available. Royal Westmoreland Resort, Westmoreland, St. James. 246/419–7242; www.royal-westmoreland.com. $250 for 18 holes (day rate for nonresidents).

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