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Montego Bay, Jamaica
Designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., and thoughtfully modernized by Roger Rulewich, this 18-hole par-72 championship course tests scratch and novice golfers alike. Routed through a retired sugarcane estate, the course is nestled alongside the beautiful hills overlooking Half Moon. Renowned as one of the best walking courses, trade winds blowing off the Caribbean Sea create both up-wind challenges and down-wind opportunities. Primary defense of par are the 26 shallow-faced fairway bunkers requiring solidly struck tee balls to find the short grass. Previously hosting the European PGA Senior Tour and the Jamaica Open, Half Moon withstands the test of time, permitting golfers to chase par and history between the palms.
Fairway Fact: With decades of experience, Half Moon’s caddies are truly expert guides, from navigating the Royal Palms to their seemingly endless knowledge of Jamaica’s culture and history.
Situated on the south-west coast of Anguilla, the 380-acre Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club offers an 18-hole International Course, recently ranked the #3 best Caribbean course by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards 2023, and a 9-hole short course, Avalon Links. The newly re-imagined 18-Hole International Course by Greg Norman Signature Design provides breathtaking views and challenging, dramatic holes. Players are greeted by a spectacular view of St. Martin and the Caribbean Sea at the tee box of the 384-yard starting hole. The appeal continues with holes 2 and 10 sharing a 16,000-square-foot green that rests along Rendezvous Bay and the Anguilla Channel. The 17th hole provides a wonderful view through the salt pond valley overlooking the peninsula green, then up the 12th and 18th holes to the signature clubhouse. As one of the most challenging finishing holes in the Caribbean, the 18th hole starts with a demanding tee shot over the salt pond, then continues to ascend forty feet up to a narrow green guarded by three large bunkers. The short course, Avalon Links, provides the perfect family venue. Situated hillside and overlooking the bay, the course offers creative opportunities and introduces new players to the joys and challenges of the game. Golfers will discover a mix of short and medium length three pars that are paired with a 300-yard par 4 hole, perfect for a variety of shot-making swings.
Fairway Fact: The Aurora International Golf Club offers the only courses on the island and within the clubhouse golfers can also enjoy the island’s only steakhouse, D Richard’s.
Tampa Bay, FL
Innisbrook’s outstanding collection of four distinct golf courses – all designed by Lawrence "Larry" Packard – has long made it a favorite of professionals, golf groups, and new players. The legendary Copperhead Course – home of the PGA TOUR’s annual Valspar Championship — has easily become a bucket list course for golfers. Imagine yourself hitting from the fairways graced by some of the world’s finest golf professionals and taking on the Snake Pit, one of the toughest finishing holes on the PGA TOUR. Defined by tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain, Copperhead tests players with its many uphill and downhill shots, significant elevation changes, and a variety of water-protected approach shots. The first course to be constructed at Innisbrook, the Island Course offers picturesque views and challenging play, and is considered by many to be as equally, if not more, demanding as Copperhead. The Island Course features extraordinary elevation change uncommon to the typical Florida terrain. Tight fairways and water hazards make the South and North Courses other impressive challenges offered at Innisbrook.
Fairway Fact: Holes 15-18 on the Copperhead course are known as the Snake Pit. Striker the copper-colored snake statue watches over these daunting holes and regardless of your game is always available for a Snake Pit selfie.