Category: Jamaica

December 28, 2011

Beat the winter blues with a golf jaunt to the Caribbean

Posted at 6:18 PM by Joe Passov

WitchThe Caribbean conjures thoughts of sugar-white beaches, seaside breezes, and warm temperatures. But it's only in recent years that the islands have become a tropical tour de force in terms of golf. Here are five destinations to get you planning your escape.

Tierra del Sol ($99-$159; 866-978-5158, is the championship track here. Designed in 1995 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. with Kyle Phillips, the 6,811-yard Tierra del Sol embraces four distinct natural environments—dunes, cacti, stone and beach—on the breezy northwestern tip of the island. With seaviews aplenty, the more dramatic back nine has a number of risk/reward beauties (like the par-5 14th), not to mention goats that roam the rocky terrain.

Seasoned golf lovers will recall that a few decades back the storied Tryall Club ($100-$175; 800-238-5290, hosted the Johnnie Walker World Championship, where the caddies carried golf bags on their heads. But this mountainous island's one can't-miss course is the White Witch ($99-$185; 876-684-0174,, an 11-year-old Robert Von Hagge design affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Rose Hall, a 10-minute shuttle ride away. Par is a tricky task given the 6,859-yard ravine-filled layout's formidable challenges. But sea views from 16 holes ease the pain.

Golf has exploded in the Dominican, thanks to new stunners such as Cap Cana's Punta Espada course ($135-$375; 809-227-2262,, a 2006 Jack Nicklaus design, and the Corales Golf Course at Punta Cana Resort & Club ($195-$300; 888-442-2262,, a clifftop Tom Fazio creation.

But all golf talk in the D.R. begins with Casa de Campo and its Pete Dye–designed Teeth of the Dog course ($110-$230; 800-877-3643, Ranked No. 47 in our 2011 Top 100 in the World, the Dog celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Links, Dye's second course at the property, is a worthy if less spectacular alternative. The resort's newest layout, Dye Fore, opened in 2003 with camera-worthy vistas for much of its journey.

Curaçao, located off the northeast coast of Venezuela, was long forsaken by visitors for better diving and beaches on other islands. The Pete Dye-designed Old Quarry ($125-$150; 011-599-9-840-5550,, which opened last year as part of the island's first full-fledged resort within the Santa Barbara Plantation, is changing that. Less penal than most Dye offerings (steady winds take their toll, however), the 6,920-yard layout serves up spectacular views at many turns, which help distract you from the long drives between some holes.

The head turners at Marriott Royal St. Kitts Golf Club ($125-$145; 866-785-4653; are the par-3 15th (where bunkers are shaped to emulate ocean waves), the 383-yard par-4 16th, and the 404-yard par-4 17th; the latter pair bring the Atlantic into play.

For a completely different golf experience, take the ferry over to Nevis for a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design at the Four Seasons Nevis (869-469-1111; $195-$205; The lush layout, which is set in a rainforest, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

(Photo: Ritz Carlton Golf and Spa Resort)

February 04, 2009

Exclusive travel deals to Georgia, Jamaica and Arizona

Posted at 11:10 AM by Ryan Reiterman

Sea Island Special
Sea Island Resort in Georgia is one of the best resorts in America, and earned coveted Platinum status in Golf Magazine's Premier Resorts ranking in 2008. You can check it out for yourself thanks to a new offering. You can enjoy unlimited golf at its Seaside and Plantation courses, plus accommodations at its superb Lodge (so you can sleep just a few steps from the first tee).

The package starts at $375 single or $450 double, and is good through the night of March 18. Rates are per room, per night, plus a $35 daily resort fee. A gratuity for your forecaddie is additional.
For reservations call 866-879-0208 of visit

Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall
The Fairways and Greens package at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica gets you a daily outing for two on the terrific White Witch golf course, overnight accommodations at the plush resort and daily breakfast for two in Horizon restaurant. The package starts at $549 per night and is valid through April 30.
For reservations call 800-241-3333 or visit

Bowled Over at the Boulders
It's not often you can take advantage of a deal at a top resort that offers access to courses off-property.

The "Fore for Four" deal at the top-rated Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, includes four nights accommodation and 72 holes of golf. You'll get one round each on the North and South courses at the Boulders, and one round each at two of eight courses, including Grayhawk, TPC Scottsdale, and We-Ko-Pa.

Also included is a free cart and a 20 percent discount at the Golden Door Spa. The package costs from $1,379 single and $1,999 double and does not include a resort fee or taxes. Available through May 25. Reduced pricing available for those who want to extend their stay and play all eight courses on offer.
For reservations call 866-397-6520 or visit

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