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First Hole at Royal St Kitts Golf Club
Photograph of The first hole at Royal St Kitts Golf Club

The first hole at Royal St Kitts Golf Club

Copyright © 2010 Blair Howard
St. Kitts, an "Island in the Sun," in every sense of the word, has changed a bit since I was last there more than ten years ago. The changes are subtle; homes, hotels and restaurants are little more up-to-date - but the old feeling of "don't worry, be happy" remains much as it was back in 1999. What's really changed is the one and only golf course on the island: Royal St. Kitts Golf Club now boasts a challenging, championship layout to rival any I've run across in the Caribbean. Royal St. Kitts is a tropical paradise where waving palms and lush green fairways are set against a backdrop of pastel colored, hillside dwellings and the subtle shades of the two oceans: from the deepest blue to turquoise through emerald green.

Royal St Kitts is a beautiful a golf course, and just what you might expect to find on a Caribbean island in the Leewards. The stunning layout - heart stoppingly beautiful in a couple of places - is set on 125 acres with two full holes on the Caribbean Sea and three more on the Atlantic Ocean. The course is an old Peter Thompson tract lovingly redesigned in 2008 by famed Canadian architect Thomas McBroom from Toronto, Canada.

The course is a championship, 18-hole, Par 71 that plays some 6,900 yards from the back tees. Water is in play on 10 holes, and some 80 thoughtfully-placed bunkers guard greens and fairways alike. The landing areas are for the most-part generous, but some of the approaches require astute club selection while the good old "bump-and-run" shot is a viable option on many more. The greens themselves are undulating and fast. Irrigated seashore paspalum, an advanced hybrid turf grass, helps the course maintain a lush green year round.

The image above is only the first of many visual delights you can look forward to as you wend your way from one lovely hole to the next. The 1st hole plays 536 yards from the Golf, championship, tees for a par 5. The fairway is, for the most part, long and straight until it finally dog-legs right to a green guarded left and right by two large bunkers.

Read my review of St. Kitts Marriott Resort

Contact:

Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, P.O. Box 858, Basseterre, St. Kitts; phone:869-466-2700; fax:869-466-2701

Where to Stay

St. Kitts Marriot Resort and The Royal Beach Casino, 858 Frigate Bay Road Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis; Phone: 1 869 466 1200; Fax : 1 869 466 1201; Sales: 1 869 466 1200

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