Trinidad Golf Courses
Golf in Trinidad and Tobago is just one option for things to do during your T&T getaway, and golfers will find at least a handful of great courses to enjoy in this Caribbean island nation. While golf in Trinidad and Tobago tends to go a bit unnoticed, you might be surprised at the quality of the top courses here. You can play golf year round in Trinidad and Tobago, though golfing enthusiasts who are really looking to hit the links here might be better off booking their trip during the January to May dry season, just to err on the side of caution.
When it comes to golf in Trinidad and Tobago, you will find that both of the main islands have at least a couple of courses worth checking out. The king of the Trinidad golf courses is the St. Andrews Golf Course, which is found in the hills just a few miles outside of Port of Spain. Consistently regarded as one of the best 18-hole, championship courses in the Caribbean, the St. Andrews Golf Course isn’t long, but it is challenging. Narrow fairways, hilly greens, and some strategically-placed trees see to it that even the best golfers have plenty to consider. From the back tees, the St. Andrews Golf Course is 6,555 yards long, and you’ll find everything to be well-manicured. The full-service clubhouse at this course helps to make for an authentic golfing experience, and there are club rentals available if you are without a set.
Another top entry among the Trinidad golf courses is the course at the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club, which is found near the Piarco International Airport. You can drive to Millennium Lakes in about 30 minutes from Port of Spain, and it’s also an easy reach from Chaguanas or even Arima. You’ll have to spend quite a bit more than you will at St. Andrews to play the fine, 18-hole course at Millennium Lakes, so if you’re tight on cash it might not be the ideal fit. There is a golf academy at the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club where you can hit the driving range, practice on putting greens, or get a lesson with the resident professional. You’ll also find an upscale pro shop here and a fun sports bar and lounge. There are a few 18-hole and 9-hole Trinidad golf courses that you can also play during your visit, and most are also found in the western part of the island. Over on the smaller island of Tobago, two more fine courses await those who are looking to hit the links.
When looking to golf in Tobago, the Tobago golf courses that you will want to familiarize yourself with are the Mt. Irvine Championship Golf Course and the course at the Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club. As for the Mt. Irvine Championship Golf Course, it was featured on the television series The Wonderful World of Golf, and while it can serve the needs of even the pros, it’s also a good course for duffers. The par-72 course at Mt. Irvine is 6,793 yards long from the back tees, and when you’re not playing golf, you can enjoy a good meal at the Clubhouse restaurant. Stay at the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel, and you can take advantage of the facilities there as well. You’re close to some of the best beaches in all of Trinidad and Tobago when playing the Mt. Irvine Championship Golf Course, so you can always soak up some sun on the sand before or after your round. The rates at the Mt. Irvine course are definitely fair, even if you get a cart, and guests at the Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel get discounts on their greens fees.
The 18-hole golf course at Tobago Plantations is your only other choice when it comes to the Tobago golf courses, and it’s a good one any way you slice it. In addition to challenging holes, a fine club house, a restaurant, and a bar, the Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club also offers its guests a 50-bay driving range and a putting green. Among the highlights at the Tobago Plantations course are the views of the scenic coastline. Even if you’re hitting the ball badly, the views are enough to ensure a good time. Adjoining the 7,000-yard golf course at Tobago Plantations is the VHL Tobago Golf and Spa Resort, which is one of the better resorts in the country. Work on a new 9-hole course is under way at the Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club, and this course promises to be ideal for novice golfers. You will pay more to play if Tobago Plantations is where you choose to golf in Tobago, as the Mt. Irvine course is a bit cheaper. There aren’t any other Tobago golf courses other than the ones mentioned here, so you’re limited to where you can play on the small island. Thankfully, both of the Tobago golf courses are fantastic.
Whether you play the Trinidad golf courses or opt to see what golf in Tobago is all about, you are bound to have a great time. Like other Caribbean nations, Trinidad and Tobago has never been more serious about its golf. There is not be an overflowing amount of courses here, but what courses do exist are quite spectacular. When planning your golf getaway in Trinidad and Tobago, you can choose to stay at one of the hotels either on or near one of the courses, or you can try to book a villa. There are villa rentals near the courses mentioned here, so you can forego the hotel experience for at least a bit if you so desire.
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