Unlike other islands in the Caribbean, the tourism industry of St Kitts has been courting a strong traveling golfer for some time now. Despite more than 50 million devoted golfers worldwide and many more leisure sports, St Kitts golf resorts are looking to golf as a focal point of their tourism activities. According to published figures, the traveling golfer, whether on work or on vacation, travels more frequently and spends nearly 35% more per journey than the average visitor.
The golf industry continues to grow at an impressive pace in the Caribbean. In the past decades, many of the world’s most known golf course builders have lent their expertise to Caribbean turf, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, and Peter Dye.
As far as St Kitts golf is concerned, it helps that the atmosphere and weather of the islands are ideally tailored to the design of St Kitts golf courses. Besides the glorious atmosphere, everything from the jungles to the beaches remains amazingly well-preserved.
With St Kitts golf as one of the centerpieces of travel now in operation, you will find several Tournament Standard Courses. There’s even a fully organic and fully edible St Kitts golf course that opened in December 2015.
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St Kitts golf vacation destinations
Here’s an overview of what to do on St Kitts Island, plus some travel tips to make the most of your Caribbean golf holiday.
1. The Royal St Kitts Golf Club
The Royal St Kitts Golf Club is located in the heart of St Kitts Golf Course Growth and Tourism Plans. Established together with the St Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino, the 6,900-yards, par 71 golf course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea
This amazing St Kitts Golf Club was designed by the award-winning golf course architect Thomas McBroom. It was actually raised on top of an existing yet lesser-known golf course. However, this Club is now known as the leading Caribbean-style golf course.
The Royal St Kitts Golf Club has a lavish clubhouse with a kitchen and lounge, locker rooms, plus a full-service pro shop to complement the beautifully renovated course.
This Golf Club also hosts Marriott’s Faldo Center, a state-of-the-art teaching and educational facility. And if that’s not enough for you, the Marriott Hotel has 648 guest rooms and suites, three swimming pools, a 35.000 square foot Royal Beach Casino and a 15.000 square foot Emerald Mist Spa.
2. La Vallee Greens
Starting in early 2007, the $14 million La Vallee Greens designed by Charles Howard is a conventional bridge layout with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, the tiny neighboring islands, and Mount Liamuiga, the highest point of the island. This St Kitts golf course is surrounded by private villas, a marina, and a luxurious hotel.
3. Kittitian Heights Resort
The Kittitian Heights Resort in Belmont Park, in the northwest of St Kitts, is just 20 miles from the capital of Basseterre. The $195 million construction includes a golf course designed by Ian Woosnam, former Masters Champion.
4. Four Seasons Caribbean Golf Resort
Another brilliant concept by Robert Trent Jones Jr., one of the Caribbean’s most prominent architects, is the Four Seasons Caribbean Golf Resort on the St Kitts sister island of Nevis. The course, completed in 1991, definitely set the tone for things to come on the islands. And the 2008 layout designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick carved a path through the coconut groves on the foothills of Mount Nevis.
Cristina Popescu is a Romanian blogger who has been traveling since 2008. She has visited 100+ countries across all the continents and accumulated firsthand knowledge about beautiful travel destinations. There is nothing she won’t try at least once in a lifetime and she wishes to encourage others to get out and see the world, too.
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