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TTC Special: Golf in the Caribbean grows

TTC Special: Golf in the Caribbean grows

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By F. Martin

TTC Service.- Golf, a game that some have described as aristocratic, is one of the most popular games that the Caribbean islands offer today to tourists.

The modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland at the usual level is played on a course with an arranged progression of 18 holes over wide country areas of slight undulations and short grass frequently near the sea.

The game has gained great reputation for its quality in regional countries.

Golf, unlike most ball games, cannot and does not utilize a standardized playing area, and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game. The game at the usual level is played on a course with an arranged progression of 18 holes, though recreational courses can be smaller, often having 9 holes.

The islands, scattered from the tip of Florida to the north coast of South America, has surged forward with several exciting new golf developments.

The most respected providers of international golf cruise have been operating for years in the Caribbean Sea.

The value of golf as a tourism tool, a newly developed salt-tolerant turf grass, paspalum, has begun to drive golf growth in the tropics. The beauty quotient of Caribbean venues has always outweighed their cosmetic flaws, but golfers now can have it both ways.

About 56 million people play golf worldwide: 26.7 million in the United States, 5 million in Canada, 5.5 million in continental Europe, 14 million in Japan, and 3.8 million in the United Kingdom.

Of this 56 million, between 5% and 10% travel overseas each year for the main purpose being to play golf – therefore making the international size of the golf tourism market between 2.8 million and 5.6 million.

Very near from the Caribbean islands, the leading market in terms of golf as a sport is the United States.
The Caribbean is a real golfing paradise, with luxurious golf resorts and hotels across the tropical islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

Teeth of the Dog, one of the most important golf courses of the destination.

Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. At least seven of the DR’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The DR’s courses, counting 86 sea-facing holes and 39 ocean-side, offer tee time by the sea, or along lush inland courses designed by the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price, and Greg Norman.

In Cuba golf courses possess excellent natural conditions. The Havana Golf Club and Varadero Gulf Club, are excellent examples of the island’s courses and are visited by professional and amateur golfers from all over the world.

Playing golf in Cuba involves exposure to the island’s natural beauty adding to the game’s attraction and ensuring a relaxing, memorable holiday.

The international elite Golf event “Cuba Golf Grand Tournament”, will be held from October 25th to 27th, 2018. There will be one practice round and two competition rounds, disputing three prizes per category.

The Varadero beach golf club has a 72-par course located in the northern coast of the Hicacos Peninsula with challenging difficulties for any category of players. It was designed by architect Les Furber with the incomparable style of Robert Trent Jones.

The golf course in Varadero, about 75 miles east from Havana, has gained international prestige when, the European Challenge Tour’s Grand Final was held in 1999 and 2000.

Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

For the Caribbean it is also an excellent tool of its tourism industry, crucial in the economies of the islands.