Golf: A good walk spoiled or a wonderful way to spend your holiday? If it’s the latter, then these all-inclusive golfing resorts will have all the greens you need. Fore!
Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Designed by the acclaimed English-American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., the award-winning Half Moon Golf Course has hosted major international tournaments including the Jamaica Open and the European PGA Seniors Tournament. Golfers at Half Moon are in for a real treat with the golf supplement package, providing unlimited rounds of this world-class course. And if you want a change of scene, you can head to the nearby White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses; neither is included, but both are of international tournament standard.
Beaches Ocho Rios, Jamaica
For no-nonsense unlimited golf in Jamaica, you can’t go wrong with Beaches Ocho Rios. This family-friendly resort has a huge waterpark, tropical gardens and plenty of watersports, as well as unlimited rounds of golf at the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club (transport included). The scenic 18-hole golf course rises to 700 feet above sea level in the hills of Ocho Rios, providing spectacular views and challenging drop-off greens. You can also make the most of the complimentary PGA-certified golf clinic, free to guests twice a week.
Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Casa de Campo has three championship courses by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye. The three courses — Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links — have been designed to offer three distinct golfing experiences, each providing its own unique challenge. You can curse the heavens as your ball bounces off the coral shoreline and plops into the sea; you can watch as your perfect drive sails from the hilltop to the green below, only to bounce into a mean-looking bunker. Golf is not fully included at Casa de Campo, but guests do receive a significant discount.
Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With unlimited golf for all guests, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an incredibly relaxed place for a round of golf in Punta Cana. You’ll have unlimited access to the nearby Cocotal Golf Course & Country Club, a pro course designed by José “Pepe” Gancedo, considered by some as the Picasso of golf course architecture. And if you need to hone your skills with some professional instruction, you can head over to the Meliá Golf Academy for individual and group classes.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
It’s not all poker-playing rum-swigging wannabe rock stars at Hard Rock Punta Cana. You can easily escape the party by heading over to the Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by none other than golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The 7,253-yard par 72 course isn’t included in the standard all-inclusive package, but… you can use your resort credits for a round of golf or you can be a golf fanatic and trade in all of your resort credits for unlimited golf. So to hell with the spa and beauty salon — there’s golf to be played.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas
Golfers flock to Sandals Emerald Bay thanks to the resort’s Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. Spread out along a green peninsula dotted by dunes and surrounded by turquoise seas, this 7,000-yard 72 par course is one of the most scenic — and at times most challenging — in the Caribbean. Treat yourself to a “butler level” stay and you’ll have unlimited golf at Emerald Bay. All other guests can play two rounds for free.
IBEROSTAR Cancún, Mexico
Let’s face it, most children think golf is as much fun as going to church with grandma. So if you want to get rid of the kids while you sneak off for a round of 18, you need a family-friendly all-inclusive like IBEROSTAR Cancún. Send the kids to the water park and your significant other to the spa, and you can head over to the onsite 18-hole golf course. The championship-level par 72 course was designed by Japanese professional golfer Isao Aoki, and features plenty of water hazards and sand traps. Golf isn’t fully included at IBEROSTAR Cancún, but you’ll have free transfer to the course and unlimited snacks and beverages as you play your round.
Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico
The Jack Nicklaus signature golf course at Moon Palace Cancun features a total of 27 holes designed around dunes, jungle and lakes. Choose the Unlimited Golf package and you’ll be chipping away to your heart’s content. And if you’re finding the rough more than the fairway, you can swallow your pride and head over to the Moon Palace Golf Academy. Here, qualified instructors using state-of-the art technology will help turn your triple bogeys into beautiful birdies. Moon Palace is also one of the Caribbean’s best all-inclusives for water-park lovers, so golf-averse kids will always have something to do.