In case you haven’t read my Barbados Golf Club review, fear not, here is the link. If you have read it, here are my suggestions for Barbados Golf breaks to make your stay as easy as possible.
General information about Barbados
Barbados is the most eastern located island in the Caribbean. Its closest neighbors are St Vincent and Grenadines to the west and St Lucia to the north-west.
The capital of the island is Bridgetown, and the total population of the country is 286,400.
Barbados was a British colony for more than 330 years until the nation gained independence in 1966.
Alright, back to more golf-related matters. The temperature very seldom moves out of the 70 to 80-degree range, so I would suggest booking a morning tee time to escape the wrath of the giant fireball in the sky.
There are two seasons on the island, wet and dry. The dry season runs from December to May, while the wet season caps off the rest of the year. I advise that you play at Barbados Golf Club in the dry season, as hurricanes are a threat during the wet season.
Currency and Exchange Rate
The official currency of Barbados is the Bajan dollar (BDS). One USD will effectively bag you 2 Bajan dollars.
Transport to Barbados
If you’re planning on striking a few balls at the Barbados Golf Club, there are a few direct flights from the US. Those of you not based in Miami or Charlotte should book a flight to those airports and fly from there. American Airlines has return flights from Miami to Bridgetown, Barbados, for $425. If you fly from Charlotte, a return ticket will set you back approximately $540.
The other mode of transport available to you is on a cruise ship. Several passengers on the ship would play a round of golf in the ports we docked. From a golfing perspective, I would not recommend this as it is stressful, and you need to rush your round in some circumstances to race back to the ship.
Transport Around Barbados
Once you are at Grantley Adams International airport, you are going to need a set of wheels. Some hotels offer a shuttle service for an additional charge from the airport to your auberge.
If your plan is solely to play golf and sit on the beach, this should be all you need. If your hotel does not offer a shuttle service, but you plan to play golf and relax on the white sandy beaches, grab a taxi.
The standard fee for a cab is 18 Bds$, and then 8 Bds$ for every mile after. Converted into USD, it translates to a US$9 base fair and $4 for every mile you drive. This can quickly add up and is only advisable if you don’t plan on exploring much of the island during your stay.
The final mode of transport available to you is car hire. Don’t waste your time with one of those tiny toy-sized vehicles because your clubs will not fit in the trunk. You definitely want to target an SUV.
A quick search on Kayak revealed that a Suzuki Vitara costs US$70 per day to rent. This is the best option if you and few mates intend on venturing around the island.
Hotels For Barbados Golf Breaks
There are a variety of abodes from which to choose on the island. Whether your pockets are deep, or you will be roughing it, your options are open. I have categorized the accommodation into high end, mid-range, and budget options.
These properties are my preferred choices in each category for their quality, service, and most importantly, their proximity to the Barbados Golf Club.
The High Roller
My suggestion for the golfer who enjoys the finer luxuries of life is The Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels. This 4-star hotel is on the beach and has a pool, spa facilities, and three restaurants and bars. It is situated in the Parish of Christ Church, a mere 3.36 miles from the links. The going rate for a room is US$925 per night.
A great benefit of staying at Turtle Beach is that they have an arrangement with Barbados Golf Club for free daily rounds for hotel guests. This includes transport to the course and club rental.
The Comfortable Chaps
Golfers who enjoy traveling comfortably but are not blessed with deep pockets should look at the Yellow Bird Hotel. This boutique 3-star hotel includes a restaurant, bar, pool, rooftop terrace and in-room child care. Handy if you are traveling with the kids.
It is a tranquil 8-minute walk to the nearest beach and a 4.6-mile ride to the course. A night’s stay will run you US$260.
The Bargain Hunter
If a luxury hotel is out of your budget, there are other affordable ways of accommodating yourself on the island. I recommend taking a look at the Clearwater Apartments. They offer room service, housekeeping on weekdays, and are only a 9-minute walk to the nearest beach.
The property is an insignificant 2 miles from the Barbados Golf Club. Perfectly positioned to help you make an early tee time.
Restaurants For Barbados Golf Breaks
As was the case with the suggested accommodation, I have provided my restaurant picks close to your hotel and the golf club. If you are not up for venturing out for a feed, stay in and make use of your hotel’s restaurant.
Oistins Fish Fry is legendary in Barbados, and it is rude not to pay it a visit while you are in the same zip code. It’s a vibrant establishment where you can eat and party with the locals.
Food is served from 7 pm, but if you arrive after 8 pm there will be consequences. You will need to stand in an infinite line, drooling over other patrons tucking into their dinner, while you wait for your turn.
If you opt for a plate of fish and ice-cold beer, you can expect to pay US$17.
Cafe Luna is a bistro restaurant that offers the most exclusive cuisine on this list. For 79 Bds$ or US$40, you are treated to a three-course meal. If you are after an alcoholic beverage, US$6 is the asking price for a cocktail.
Mojo bar is a vibrant bar and grill in Christ Church ideal for lighter meals, affordable beverages, and a good time. The property has live music and is worth visiting if you are looking for a party.
A burger and beer at Mojo Bar will set you back US$17.
Of course, if you play a round of 18 in the recommended time frame, you are going to have a few hours of sunlight extra to kill. If you feel adventurous and wish to take on the harsh midday sun, another 18 is an option.
However, if you feel like doing something different, you have a magnitude of activities from which to choose. Chill out on one of the eighty pristine Barbados beaches, take a jeep tour, view green monkeys, or venture on a hike.
If you are looking for a history activity, visit the abandoned Project Harp Space Gun. For those not interested in history, you can jump aboard the Atlantis Submarine and venture 150 feet below the surface to take in the Island’s diverse marine life.
Conclusion on Barbados Golf breaks
Whether you want to order room service, eat with the locals or treat yourself to a fine dining experience, Barbados has it all. You won’t go hungry on this trip. I would recommend grabbing a feed at Cafe Luna if time permits.
Besides incredible food and phenomenal golf courses, Barbados has a host of activities to keep you occupied in your free time. Now that you know how to plan golf breaks to Barbados, all that is left is to book a room and a tee time.