Golfing in Paradise
Golf in the Caribbean is famous for being a wonderful experience and Tobago is certainly no exception.
Tobago boasts two courses with international reputations; they have very different characters and provide different golfing experiences. Between them, they offer variety and the ability to choose anything from a comprehensive dedicated golfing holiday to just the odd round on a ‘holiday with golf’.
Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club
The modern Plantations championship course has been built in the old sugar plantation of Lowlands Estate. It is sited alongside the Atlantic Ocean and was planned around the mature trees and landscape features, including an old sugar mill. The landscape varies greatly throughout the course with lakes, wetlands, woodland copses, beaches, mangrove and wild grasses providing each hole with a distinctive character.
The course was only established a few years ago and was designed by Bob Hunt and Marcus Blackburn of PGA Golf Management Ltd. It will again be hosting the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic (PGA European Tour) in 2004. The comments book records Brian Huggett as saying ‘Magnificent’ and Nick Job ‘A great course, one I would like to play again’.
The 72-par course has a distinct links feel. It measures 7,009 yards (6,380 metres) from the back tees, with four Par 5’s, ten Par 4’s and four Par 3’s. Water comes into play on eleven of the holes. The course is very well maintained. The greens are Tif dwarf Bermuda Grass and the fairways and tees are Tifton 419 Bermuda Grass. Buggy tracks run through the course and these have to be followed. The course has been designed as a good test of the game for golfers of all levels, but will require the golfer to have some experience.
The Clubhouse provides full bar and restaurant facilities, catering for breakfast, bar snacks and a more substantial a la carte menu.
All green fee prices are inclusive of a shared golf buggy. There are very good practice facilities and the Golf Academy at Tobago Plantations features a variety of golf progammes, with state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
Further information can be found at www.golftobagoplantations.com
Mount Irvine Bay Golf Club
This award-winning championship quality course was carved out from the grounds of an old coconut plantation and has magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea. It is set in gently rolling countryside along the north coast of Tobago.
The course was established in 1968 and was designed by the late Commander John D. Harris and considered to be his finest. It has been a regular host to Pro-Am competitions and winners have included Andrew Sherborne, David Gilford, Ronan Rafferty and Stephen Ames.
This 72-par course is 6,793 yards (6,182 metres) from the back tees, with five Par 5’s, eight Par 4’s and five Par 3’s. Water comes into play on four of the holes. The course has natural grasses on tees, fairways and in the rough, with good quality grasses on the greens. Buggies are allowed on all parts of the course, but players can walk and use trolleys if they so wish.
This is an ideal course for a relaxing round of holiday golf, at the same time as offering a testing challenge to lower handicap golfers. The course will suit almost any standard of golfer.
Refreshments can be obtained from the bar and either the restaurant alongside the clubhouse or from the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel, which is just across the road.
Buggies and trolleys are available for hire and caddies can be booked. There is a practice facility and there are two resident golf professionals.
Further information can be found at www.mtirvine.com
We will be pleased to discuss your golfing needs, make bookings and advise you of more precise costs.