Antigua is one
of the most beautiful of the Caribbean Islands, as famous for its
History (Nelson was based there) as for its 365 white sandy beaches.
Like all Caribbean
Islands, Cricket is the national game though football is rapidly
catching up - and the locals, seemingly all of them being experts,
treat their players as the European youth treat their pop idols.
To the visitor,
the Water Sports are probably the greatest attraction and Antigua
is certainly a wonderful haven for the sailor be he an International
Yachtsman, a Tycoon with his 150 foot toy or the enthusiast with
a 10 foot dinghy. Antigua Sailing Week, centred around Nelson's
Dockyard and English Harbour, is a Mecca for the sporting yachtsman.
sport that is really taking a hold on the Island is Golf The benign
climate with an average year round temperature of 85 degrees, gentle
breezes (hurricane season excepted!) and glorious views make the
Island's Courses virtual paradises for the Golfer.
The Island boasts
three courses - the Mill Reef Club (nine-holes but for members only),
Jolly Harbour and Cedar Valley.
Golf Club is an 18 hole, par 69 Championship course of 5,932
undulating yards. It has hosted the Eastern Caribbean Golf Championships
and is the venue for the Antigua Open which attracts most of the
Island's top golfers. There is a pleasing variety of holes from
the exhilarating par 4 fifth from its lofty tee, over the hungry
lake of the par 3 eleventh, through to, and not forgetting, the
almost impossible par 5 ninth!
Golf Club is a newly reconstructed par 7118-hole championship
course. It is adjacent to the thriving Jolly Harbour Marina with
its shopping mall, restaurants and access to a superb beach. The
course is set in a tropical parkland and incorporates a number of
lakes (though these may well be dried out by the ever present sun
when you play).
The Green fees
for both clubs are very fairly priced at about US$35.00 a round
plus about US$20.00 for a Buggy.
Yes, the golfing
holiday-maker would do well to take a trip to Antigua to enjoy his
or her game in idyllic surroundings, warm sun and cooling breezes.
the full range of Hotel accommodation and many of them have adopted
the all--inclusive basis which does, certainly, provide wonderful
value for money. Many visitors prefer, however, the freedom of a
hire car with the ability to enjoy the excellent variety of Caribbean
Restaurants - before or after the Game.
Of all the Hotels,
perhaps the St James's Club offers the most - with the choice of
rooms, suites or delightful Villas set in 100 acres of tropical
gardens. The hotel boasts floodlit tennis courts, water Sports,
a croquet lawn, a fitness centre, a creche, three restaurants and
a Casino, everything but a Golf Course.
All Travel Agents
will have full details of this and all other Hotels on the Island
and Golf Today is able to introduce golfers to Villa Owners direct
if they so wish.
recommend Antigua as a holiday destination that all Golfers should
bear in mind.