Golf Destination: Varadero, Cuba

When it comes to winter holidays and spring break vacations, Varadero, Cuba is a very common destination considering that travel packages to this island are among the most inexpensive of all Caribbean vacations. An all-inclusive resort here will cost travellers a third to half the price of other islands, with the Dominican Republic coming in a close second.  

In addition to a wide variety of resorts and great beaches, Cuba also boasts great cigars, some adventure-like attractions including swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, parasailing and a selection of other watersports, as well as an abundance of classic cars that offer tours of downtown Varadero.  However, the one big draw to the Caribbean during the winter months is golf and Cuba seems to be lacking in courses.  As a matter of fact, there are only a select few on the island, thanks in part to former leader Fidel Castro who denounced the sport.  Luckily, one of the courses in existence is Varadero Golf Club – a plain, straightforward name compared to many clubs found throughout the Caribbean. But just because the name is simple does not mean that the course is.

Designed by architect Les Furber, president of Canada’s Golf Design Services LTD, the course lies on 3.5km of land and is set between Breezes SuperClubs, Tuxpan, Bella Costa, Melia Las Americas, Americas, Melia Varadero, Sol Club Palmeras and Sol Club Sirenas.

The par-72 course contains five par 5s, five par 3s, eight par 4s, and 8 holes that feature water hazards connecting to the ocean.

Like many courses, the front and back half play differently, with the front nine slightly easier and the back nine presenting more of a challenge, particularly on Holes 11, 15, 17 and 18.

This course features 4 sets of tee blocks at each hole in order to further challenge golfers. The blue tee blocks provide shots at 6,314 yards or you can move back to play from the golds at6,856 yards. The red tees are set at 5,107 yards, and there are white tees at 5,742 yards.  Holes 8 and 18 or more accomplished ladies can play from the whites (5,742 yards). Holes 8 and 18 play next to the beach and are positively beautiful.

Varadero Golf Course offers plenty in the way of amenities, including two driving ranges, three putting greens, one pitching green, and practice bunkers. The clubhouse, which overlooks the ocean, is the 1930 Dupont mansion known as Xanadu.

In addition to a pro shop, a caddie house and lockers, this course also houses a French restaurant and a terrace bar, all of which bring the kind of prestige that has drawn the European PGA tournament in the past.

Caddies, electric carts and pro instruction are also available at all times.  Taking everything into consideration, there doesn’t have to be a wide variety of golf courses available in Cuba because Varadero Golf Club has everything imaginable going for it.  It’s an upscale course that golfers can truly enjoy, not only for the challenge but for the beauty.

 

 

 

Photo Source Varadero Golf Club Public Facebook Profile

 

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