The small island of Aruba, and especially Palm Beach, is considered one of the top destinations for a true Caribbean beach holiday. But there is more to this tourist magnet than fun in the sun, wild parties, fine dining, and shopping. Fans of golf will find it perfect for the ultimate golf vacation, with exclusive courses to hold their interest more than the nightly events and the thrilling casinos. If you want to improve your game, then pick one of the many Palm Beach hotels and resorts, get your gear ready, and let’s explore the nearby golf courses!
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There are only a few golf courses, but they are so good they brought championship golfing to this island. With golf being part of the Palm Beach experience since the early 40s, it’s no wonder the clubs have all developed their unique traits, adding scenic landscapes, unique twists, and Caribbean charm to their game. Most hotels will also be more than happy to help out with booking your tea time. Prices vary depending on when you travel. If you are trying not to break your vacation budget on golfing, travel in any month outside of peak season.
Tierra del Sol Resort
One of the most popular and exclusive golf courses is part of the Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa and Country Club. Opened a decade and a half ago and designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this is one of the most stunning courses you’ll ever experience, mixing the pleasure of the game with breathtaking landscapes from the Northern tip of the island. With its natural dunes, cacti, sandy beach, and stones, Tierra del Sol makes for an amazing and, at the same time, challenging golf course. This is not an affordable golf course, however. Even if you book it at the lowest rates of April, it will still cost you $350 for a three-day package.
Links Golf Course at Divi Aruba
The Divi Aruba resort’s Links is far less challenging than Tierra del Sol, but it makes up for it in charm and lower prices. With a short, nine-hole, par-36 track, Links has six holes set over water or along lagoons to make things a bit more difficult. It’s also well-known for its excellent training center that boasts ocean views, which makes it perfect for a beginner player. At its lowest price range, a nine-hole prime time game will cost you around $75 dollars, but an extra game will cost you less than half that.
Aruba Golf Club
If you want a longer course and still stick to lower prices, then head to the Aruba Golf Club. It’s a history-rich course, as it’s the oldest in Aruba, functioning since 1941. Located on the south-eastern side of the island, the club offers a desert course with plenty of traps and water hazards to challenge even the more experienced golfers. With typical fees going at around $20-30, we recommend getting one of their tourist packages, so that you can indulge with 18 holes, a cart, a cold beer, and a polo shirt.