Caribbean Greens

From Barbados to the Bahamas, Andrew Marshall picks the top five resorts of this most alluring of golfing destinations.

During the last decade, the number of golf courses in the Caribbean has grown faster than the islands' lush tropical vegetation. From Barbados to the Bahamas, the region boasts top-drawer layouts bearing the stamps of noted architects such as Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones II. 

All the key ingredients are here: sugary sand beaches, turquoise waters, cheek-caressing trade winds and golf sunny-side up. No two islands are alike and the mix of cultures and races give the Caribbean a unique style in cuisine, music, architecture and language.

You can choose a golfing destination based upon your cultural preferences, and with around 50 top-quality layouts, the Caribbean presents a delightful dilemma. Many courses are linked to luxury resorts where you’re guaranteed the ultimate beach vacation lifestyle with romantic sunsets, pampered service and gourmet dining. Here’s five of the best: