1. Teeth of the Dog, La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,888.
Architect: Pete Dye, 1970.
Green fee: $150.
Tee time: 809-523-2332.
Stay at: Casa de Campo, 800-877-3643.
Notes: The standard line is, "Pebble Beach has eight holes on the ocean. Teeth of the Dog has eight holes in the ocean." One of the best courses in the world, period.
2. Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Pinney's Beach, Nevis.
Par: 71. Yardage: 6,766.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr., 1991.
Green fees: $125$150.
Tee time: 869-469-1111.
Stay at: The Four Seasons, 800-332-3442.
Notes: Carved into a palm forest, FSRN sprawls up, down and around Mt. Nevis, an epic volcano that serves as a backdrop for some of the Caribbean's best views.
3. Royal Westmoreland, St. James, Barbados.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,870.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr., 1994.
Green fee: $150. Tee time: 246-422-3916.
Stay at: Royal Pavilion, 800-223-1818.
Notes: Links-y delight set on a hill high above the sea that was good enough to host a 1997 Wonderful World of Golf match between Nick Faldo and Tom Lehman.
4. Tierra del Sol Country Club, Oranjestad, Aruba.
Par: 71. Yardage: 6,811.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr., 1995.
Green fee: $105.
Tee time: 011-297-860978.
Stay at: Hyatt Regency Aruba, 800-233-1234.
Notes: Pleasant, extreme golf made up of eighteen windy, rollicking holes that are home to wild goats and fast greens, ringed by cacti and gnarled divi-divi trees.
5. Dorado Beach (East),
Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,985.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, 1958.
Green fees: $146 $181.Tee time: 787-796-8961.
Stay at: El San Juan Hotel & Casino, 800-468-2818.
Notes: The first important course to be built in the Caribbean and still one of the best. The stately, elegant sweep of DB owes much to founder Laurance Rockefeller.
6. The Tryall Club,
Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Par: 71. Yardage: 6,772.
Architect: Ralph Plummer, 1959.
Green fees: $80-$150. Tee time: 876-956-5681.
Stay at: The Tryall Club, 800-238-5290.
Notes: Built on an old sugar plantation, Tryall still has the on-course waterwheel to prove it, plus a gorgeous lush landscape. The signature fourth's approach must carry a rushing river.
7. Carambola Golf Club,
Kingshill, St. Croix.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,843.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, 1966.
Green fees: $62$80. Tee time: 340-778-5638.
Stay at: Sunterra Resorts Carambola Beach, 340-778-3800 (ask for the Davis Bay Suite).
Notes: Beloved for its friendly members and attentive beer-cart girls, its hilly challenge ends with four beachside holes.
8. Treasure Cay Golf Club, Abaco, Bahamas.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,985.
Architect: Dick Wilson, 1965.
Green fees: $60$70.
Tee time: 242-365-8045.
Stay at: Treasure Cay Beach Villas, 242-365-8039.
Notes: Known for its unhurried tranquility, no tee times are taken here. Just show up and try to keep it in the fairway at this windy, tight paean to minimalist design.
9. Links at Safe Haven, Grand Cayman Island.
Par: 71. Yardage: 6,606.
Architect: Roy Case, 1994.
Green fee: $120. Tee time: 345-949-5988.
Stay at: Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, 800-233-1234.
Notes: A classic links-style course spiked by a series of saltwater lakes, Safe Haven's 235-yard par three eleventh is one of the best holes in the Caribbean.
10. Provo Golf Club, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Par: 72. Yardage: 6,642.
Architect: Karl Litten, 1992.
Green fee: $120. Tee time: 649-946-5991.
Stay at: Sands at Grace Bay, 649-946-5199.
Notes: The ultimate in target golf, with waste bunkers, lots of water—twelve acres of inland lakes—marsh areas and plenty of white herons and pink flamingos.
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