While travelling around the Caribbean, always hearing about beach this and beach that, it's easy to forget about the region's other important offerings-such as its world-class golf courses. And if you're staying at a luxury boutique hotel like Cap Maison, access to the best courses is easy. With every swing of your club, and the Caribbean's ocean-bound winds brushing your face, the sense of privilege you'll enjoy while playing on this side of the world is unmistakable.
The 18-hole St. Lucia Golf and Country Club
If you're staying at Cap Maison in St. Lucia, you don't have to jump over another island to enjoy a game as it has its own 18-hole golf course. The ocean views are breathtaking, not to mention the cool sea breezes that make playing a few rounds, even at midday, a 'breeze to do.' A Par 71 and with close to 7,000 yards, the golf and country club in St. Lucia can transform even the most hesitant dabblers into a confident professional golfer in no time. They have a professional coaching service and the shop stocks premium branded golf equipment. The Golf Club also regularly gives its patrons certain special offers, so be sure to check it out.
The Trump International Golf Club
At St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a short trip away from Cap Maison, you'll find what is perhaps the most beautiful golf course in the Caribbean: the Trump International Golf Club. Every aspect of this golf course is worthy of its five-star ranking-from the design of the course itself, the luxurious amenities, to the excellent personal service. Of course, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so you may consider the matter arguable. But consider this: sweeping panoramic views all around you as you prep up for your next swing, and luxuriant, green fairways providing a breathtaking contrast with the rock cliffs and the white sandy beaches below. And once you reach the 13th hole, you'll understand why previous guests can't stop themselves from gushing whenever the golf course's name is mentioned-as the highest point in the entire course, the views from here will truly take your breath away.
The Royal Westmoreland
On the island of Barbados, the Royal Westmoreland golf course offers those who might have been jaded with all the glitz of other newer courses in the Caribbean something utterly pure: the deeply rewarding feeling of sheer enjoyment of the game. The entire course, especially at the right time of the day, becomes an explosion of colours-the greens and browns mingle with the purples and oranges of the different grasses and shrubs and trees. But of course, as you might be visiting Royal Westmoreland from the Cap Maison for the day, you're here basically for the golf. For that, rest assured you're in the best of hands: designed to naturally flow throughout the landscape, the course proceeds leisurely allowing you to soak up the sights. Truly magnificent-and the golf isn't bad either!