Looking to play some golf on your Aruba vacation? You’re in luck, because there are several Aruba golf courses to choose from on this small island.
Now, let me state right up front… I don’t play golf, and I couldn’t hit that little ball more than a few feet even if my life depended on it. So, I am not even going to try to pretend that I know which one is the best. All I can do is tell you the facts.
My dad and two of my brothers, talked about renting some clubs and playing a round at the Aruba golf course near the High Rise Hotel area. (I later found out this one is called Tierra del Sol, Resort, Spa and Country Club).
The Tierra del Sol in Noord, first opened on 28 January 1995 is 18 holes, and is the only championship golf course in Aruba. The California Lighthouse overlooks much of this course. The Tierra de Sol course was designed by world-renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. (I’ve heard that golfers like to know who designed the courses they play on.)
It is known for the use of the natural Aruba landscape, vibrant basking lizards, and the perilous 3rd hole on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. The challenge to Aruba golf (I’ve been told) is the constant trade winds and the Tierra del Sol is located on the tip of the island were the wind is unrelenting.
The Tierra de Sol Resort, Spa and Country Club offers Aruba golf stay and play vacations. For more about how to rent one of their luxurious vacation homes or villas follow this link.
The price to play a round of Aruba golf here is $90 - $160.
The Links at Divi Aruba is a 9-hole golf course. This one was designed by Karl Litten and Lorie Viola who have designed many Caribbean island golf courses. This golf course is landscaped with paspalum turf grass which thrives in warm weather and salt water. The Links at Divi Aruba golf course may only have 9 holes, but, it has fabulous ocean views, and 6 holes that play over water or along lagoons.
The Links is part of the Divi Aruba Golf Resort. See the reviews for this hotel and golf course here.
To play here, you will pay $80 - $90
Aruba Golf Club is located near San Nicolas, on the south-eastern end of the island. Built in 1941, It is the oldest golf course in Aruba. It is a 9-hole course that can be played as 18, with oiled sand greens, cacti and wandering wild goats.
The price here is $20 - $30
The Aruba’s Adventure Golf and Fun Park was more my speed. Unfortunately this mini golf park was closed in 2009 along with the adjoining Black Hog Saloon and Alfredo's restaurant. My husband and I were lucky enough to have played a round there back in 2008.
OK, I have already told you that I know very little about golf. So, now I would like to introduce you to David. He not only knows golf, but has much experience playing golf in the Caribbean. His site is still a work in progress, but, click on by and say hello at Caribbean Golf Getaways.