Dominican Republic Named Best Caribbean Destination for Golf

Puerto Rico, Curacao, Canouan and Nevis also winners

The Caribbean has long been famous for its beautiful beaches, but these 10 destinations are making a name for themselves as ideal golf getaways as well. Where's your favorite place to tee off with stellar ocean views?

  • Anguilla

    The $50 million dollar, Greg Norman-Designed gem at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is reason enough to put Anguilla on the Caribbean golf map, and things look to get even better. Jumeirah, a luxury brand operating out of Dubai, has a new resort in the works that will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with several waterfront holes and stellar views of St. Maarten.
    Photo courtesy of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

  • Bermuda

    Bermuda has one of the highest concentrations of golf courses per square mile in the world, with nine options scattered across its 21 square miles. Port Royal Golf Course ranks among the most popular courses on the island, but options abound, including Turtle Hill Golf Club, Belmont Hills Golf Club and Mid Ocean Club among others.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

  • Abacos Islands
    Bahamas

    With three courses to choose from – Tom Fazio-designed Baker's Bay (private), Dick Wilson's Treasure Cay and the course at the Abaco Club by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie – the Abacos Islands represent one of the best golfing opportunities in the Caribbean. The first of the two public courses, Treasure Cay, features classic elevated greens, while the Abaco Club course was the first Scottish-style links course in a tropical locale.
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  • Aruba

    Tierra del Sol, located on the northwestern tip of Aruba, is the island's lone 18-hole championship golf course. Designer Robert Trent Jones II made good use of the island's natural landscape, blending desert scenery with the ocean views that make the Caribbean such a popular golf destination. Golfers can also play the 9-hole Links at Divi Aruba, or for a more rustic challenge, the 9-hole course at the Aruba Golf Club, where goats can be spotted wandering the oiled sand greens.
    Photo courtesy of Ian Mackenzie / Flickr

  • Barbados

    With plentiful sunshine year round, it's always a good day to tee off in Barbados, especially with the island's diverse spread of course options. Sandy Lane Golf Club alone boasts three courses, including the Tom Fazio-designed Green Monkey course carved from an old stone quarry. The private Royal Westmoreland course has agreements with some island resorts to secure tee times for visiting golfers.
    Photo courtesy of Sandy Lane

  • Nevis

    Golf on coin-shaped Nevis is centered on the 18-hole championship course at the Four Seasons Resort. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the challenging par 71 course provides views of neighboring St. Kitts. Guests of the resort can also participate in two free weekly golf clinics to polish up their game.
    Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Nevis

  • Canouan
    St. Vincent & The Grenadines

    The island of Canouan in St. Vincent & The Grenadines attracts golfers to its Jim Fazio-designed, 18-hole course at the Trump International Golf Club at Raffles Resort. Every hole enjoys panoramic Caribbean views, making it one of the world's most picturesque courses.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

  • Curacao

    Two 18-hole courses – William Rocquemore's Blue Bay and Pete's Dye's Old Quarry Golf Course – are joined by the 9-hole course at the Curacao Golf & Squash Club on the lush and historic island of Curacao. With Caribbean views and abundant tropical vegetation along the fairways, it's hard to go wrong.
    Photo courtesy of Benchmark Hospitality

  • Puerto Rico

    In the twentieth century Puerto Rico built the first golf course within a walled city; it was a 9-hole affair with sand greens. Today Puerto Rico is home to 21 golf courses and annually hosts the PR Open, the Caribbean's only official PGA event.
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  • Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic boasts a whopping 26 in the country – six along the coasts and another 20 inland – making it one of the region's most popular golf destinations. Pretty much every notable course designer has at least 18 holes here; there are five Pete Dye options, including the infamous Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo.
    Photo courtesy of Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to vote for their favorites, and after four weeks of voting, the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Destination for Golf are:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Curacao
  4. Canouan
  5. Nevis
  6. Barbados
  7. Aruba
  8. Abacos Islands, Bahamas
  9. Bermuda
  10. Anguilla

Other nominees in this category included Antigua, Grand Cayman, Grand Exuma, Jamaica, Nassau Paradise Island, Riviera Maya, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Thomas.

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Mark Rogers and Kristopher Neild (10Best) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of Caribbean travel and golf respectively.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.

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