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New Golf Resort in Anguilla

Courtesy of St. Regis Resort A golf course in Anguilla.

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What’s New in the Caribbean

Temenos Golf Club and the forthcoming St. Regis Resort in Anguilla are the latest in a series of luxury Caribbean destinations featuring great golf that have opened in recent years. Here’s a rundown of the some of the best:

BRAND SPANKING NEW

Blue Tip Course at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Although he had 120 acres to work with—enough for eighteen holes—Greg Norman decided to build just nine and let them breathe, so to speak. His environmentally sensitive design (a 3,515-yard par thirty-six) wraps around a saltwater lagoon, featuring water on all but one hole. The course opened in October and is available to residents and guests of the Ritz-Carlton resort, which stretches from the Caribbean to the island’s North Sound. Amenities include a Nick Bolletieri tennis academy, two restaurants overseen by chef Eric Ripert of New York’s Le Bernadin, and a camp for children that’s run by Jean-Michel Cousteau. 345-943-9000, ritzcarlton.com

Punta Espada Golf Club at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Opened in November, this is the first of three Jack Nicklaus­ courses to be built at Cap Cana, a nearly ten-square-mile resort community at the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic. The Golden Bear’s answer to Dye’s Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo, Punta Espada (meaning "tip of the sword") takes its name from the distinctive serrated coastline. Eight holes are carved into a flat coral shelf washed by the sea; the rest run along a limestone bluff. Most memorable is the 249-yard par-three thirteenth, which plays downwind over a cove to a seaside green. 800-785-2198, capcana.com

Temenos Golf Club, Anguilla
Until the St. Regis Resort opens, stay at one of the property’s four- or five-bedroom villas (264-498-9000; strategicresidences.com; from $7,000 a night) or at one of Anguilla’s premier resorts—Malliouhana (800-835-0796; malliouhana.com; from $640 a night), Cap Juluca (888-858-5822; capjuluca.com; from $825 a night), and CuisinArt (800-943-3210; cuisinartresort.com; from $695 a night). Greens fees at Temenos (264-222-8200; temenosgolfclub.com) start at $415.

RECENT ARRIVALS

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, the Bahamas
This "sporting retreat," which opened in 2004 on Great Abaco, is the brainchild of English entrepreneur Peter de Savary. As at his other properties, including the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle in Scotland (which he’s since sold) and Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina, de Savary hired Scotsmen Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie to design a golf course—in this case, a so-called tropical links that features an out-and-back loop of holes at sea level followed by a rousing finish atop a bluff. Although the Abaco Club is private, nonmembers are permitted one visit. 888-303-2765, theabacoclub.com

Green Monkey Course at Sandy Lane, Barbados
Tom Fazio’s Caribbean showpiece, the Green Monkey was dramatically carved out of an old quarry. It’s open only to guests of the British-inflected beachfront resort, and at a hefty cost: $350 for hotel guests; $4,000 per tee time for non-guests. Also by Fazio, Sandy Lane’s Country Club course hosted the World Golf Championships-World Cup in December. 246-444-2000, sandylane.com

Trump International Golf Club at Raffles Resort, Canouan Island, the Grenadines
Donald Trump resuscitated what, in the post-9/11 tourism drop-off, had become a moribund resort, casino and Jim Fazio-designed golf course on this quiet island in the Grenadines. After an infusion of $40 million, all three reopened in the summer of 2004 to glowing reviews. The course gambols over a series of ravines and dazzles golfers with views of crescent beaches and the island’s imposing Mount Royal. 784-458-8000, canouan.com

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