Anguilla golf of an international caliber is limited to the Temenos Golf Club located on the grounds of the Cap Juluca Hotel, one of the newest and most sumptuous of the island’s resorts. There is a pitch and putt nine-hole course that is located near Sandy Ground Beach and has been opened since 2001. This is a rustic course that is excellent for beginners and enthusiasts alike to practice and sharpen their golfing skills. There is also an 18-hole professional miniature golf course a bit further south than that (yes, there is such a thing as professional mini golf). There are professional and amateur international miniature golf championships held there.
However, the magnificent 18-hole Temenos Golf Club designed by golfing legend Greg Norman from Australia, has brought Anguilla golf into the international arena. This golf course in Anguilla is very beautiful and worthwhile for the most avid enthusiasts of the sport as well as those just looking for a fun round in the outdoors. You can enjoy a rewarding game of golf even if you stay at one of the other nearby hotels.
Greens fees range from about $125 (twilight fees, beginning at 2:00 pm) to more than $200 per person. There is a clubhouse and pro shop where you can rent clubs, shoes, and other equipment, and there is a practice facility with tees, bunkers, and a putting green. Appropriate dress code means a collared shirt, and shorts of a suitable length—don’t expect to show up in your beachwear, halter tops, and cut-offs and be allowed to play. Early morning coffee and pastries are available in the clubhouse, which is open for lunch and full bar after 11:00 am. The Cap Juluca offers a golf vacation to Anguilla as one of their vacation packages, allowing all-day unlimited play.
The course opened in December of 2009, and begins at Maundays Bay where the Cap Juluca is located and stretches along Rendezvous Bay on the southern coast at the far western tip of the island. Many of the holes on this golf course in Anguilla play along or to the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea, and you can see the island of St. Martin (partitioned between the Netherlands and France) only about five miles away. Anguilla golf here places you in close proximity to a variety of fragile and beautiful ecosystems including the incredible coral reefs that surround the island and provide such superb snorkeling and scuba diving, shallow salt ponds that provide habitat for abundant bird life, and the Dune Preserve that is working with the government to rehabilitate the magnificent coastal sand dunes.
Any plans for building a golf course in Anguilla face a number of obstacles, as is faced on all of the smallest Caribbean islands like Grenada. These islands have newer, developing tourism infrastructures. Additionally, obstacles to new golf facilities include ecological concerns for pristine beaches and other fragile ecosystems and concerns about tourism dollars being diverted to large multinational development companies instead of benefiting local islanders themselves. Construction and opening of the Temenos Golf Club itself faced such obstacles, including being put on hold for some time. Another development, planned for Forest Bay just south of the international airport, has faced controversy. Fairmont Hotels, one of the world’s premier operators of luxury hotels from the historic Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi to the legendary Raffles of Singapore, is planning this project with another championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus.