Being cooped up for the better part of a year has really got the travel bug biting. It has led me to reminisce about the good times I had tackling various courses around the world. Arguably the best round I have ever had was at Barbados Golf Club.
When I played, I was a crew member aboard cruise ships, meaning my time was limited. As a result, I only managed to play 9 holes. Here is my review of the course and a few tips to help you plan a trip down to the island.
If you are heading to Barbados Golf Club for the first time. I recommend reading my tips for accommodation, restaurants and activities
Barbados Golf Club Pros and Cons
- Short course
- Phenomenal views
- The condition of the course is good
- Golf around Barbados package Apes Hill and Sandy Lane
- Twilight Special
- US$99 per round
Barbados Golf Club Features & Benefits
Now that you have all the information you need for your time on the island, let us direct our attention to the Barbados Golf Club. The course is the brainchild of Ron Kirby. He has consulted for golfing royalty such as Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, and Jack Niklaus.
The first tee shot at Barbados Golf Club was taken in 2000, and the course stands strong two decades in.
I have created a few points about the golf club to help you decide whether this is a course worth adding to your bucket list.
The Club is based in the village of Oistins in the south of the island. Oistins is incorporated into the Christ Church Parish. Oistins is only 8 miles from the capital, Bridgetown.
Barbados Golf Club is a par 72, links-style course, with a total yardage of 6285 yards off the blue tees. There are five tee boxes; golden, blue, white for men, white for ladies, and red.
The course has 5 par 3’s, 8 par 4’s, and 5 par 5’s. It is a relatively short course making most par 5’s reachable in two shots for even average distance players. The 7th hole is the club’s longest, measuring 545 yards.
Hole 1 – 4
As previously mentioned, I couldn’t play the front 9, but I did take a cart trip around. Hole 1 is a short par 5, only 478 yards long, and easily reachable in two for the mid to big hitter. There are fairway bunkers at 200 yards. However, if you plan to putt for an eagle, you should fly them no problem.
The 2nd hole is a short downhill par 3, which is reachable with a wedge to easy 9-iron for most. Be sure to hit enough club, as the green is guarded by an unforgiving deep bunker.
Hole 3 is one of the longer par 4’s on the course at 409 yards with a dogleg right to the green. Tee shots need to finish left of center to have any chance of green in regulation. The next hole is also 409 yards but doglegs to the left on this occasion.
Hole 5 – 9
The 5th hole is the longest par 4 on the course at 441 yards. Although the tee box is tucked to the right behind trees, this fairway is open and ready for you to hit a driver. Hole 6 is a 183-yard par 3 where birdies are common, but watch out for the mammoth bunker, left of the green.
Hole 7 is the longest hole on this course at a mere 524 yards. Players that drive the ball 300 yards plus should fancy their chances of reaching in two. Careful though there is water to the left.
The 8th hole is relatively straight forward par 4, measuring 315 yards. A solid drive will leave you with an uphill pitch into the green. Do not leave your shot short, or it will likely trickle down into the triage of bunkers protecting the dancefloor.
The 9th hole offers a challenge before we can enjoy the comforts of the halfway house. The 431-yard par 4 includes a waste bunker left of the fairway and water behind the green. Keep it tight and accurate.
Hole 10 – 14
To kick off the back nine, Ron Kirby designed a 188-yard par 3 that requires you to hit over a deep coral waste area. The 11th hole is a 387-yard par 4 with trouble on both sides. If the wind is against you, this hole can play as long as a par 5. Aim for the left of the fairway as it slopes towards the trees on the right.
The 12th was my favorite hole, not only because I had a 3 footer for eagle, but the views are breathtaking. Finish right, and you will be in trouble with various trees and hazards coming in to play. Navigate the hole with precision, and you will be rewarded with vistas of the Caribbean sea from the green.
Hole 13 is a 178-yard par 3 that requires a soft landing. Misses to the left and right will leave you with a challenging chip to get up and down. The 14th is the only back-nine hole with a dogleg right to the green. Your target on the 342-yard layout is the plum tree that sits 180 yards from the tee box. The green is quick, so land it softly and close to the cup to have any chance of a birdie.
Hole 15 – 18
The Par 5, 473-yard 15th hole is another lengthy hole that bigger hitters can reach in two shots. Aim to the right of the famous bearded fig tree for a better angle into the green for your second shot.
Next up is the short 134-yard par 3. In front of you lies a waterhole that can quickly turn this hole into a double bogey. My advice is to strike a nine iron or wedge. It is best to get under the bal and land it softly on the green. If you go in the drink, expect an uphill battle on your chip from the drop zone.
The 17th is a 355-yard par 4 where you will be hitting into an elevated and undulating green. Insufficient carry on your approach shot could see the slopes send your ball into the left or right bunker.
Finally, the 18th hole is a 458-yard par 5 that can be reached in two, but it will not be that easy. The green is protected by water, so if you’re aiming for an eagle putt, make sure you leave it longer rather than short.
Golf Around Barbados Package
If you are traveling to Barbados for a few days, you may want to play some of the other golf courses on the island. The golf club also offers Barbados golf packages, enabling you to play Barbados Golf Club, Sandy Lane golf club, and Apes Hill for a discounted price. The going rate is $375 US and an additional $50 US for the compulsory caddie fee at Sandy Lane.
Twilight Golf Pay and Play Special
Should the cost of green fees be out of your budget, it is worth making the most of the Twilight Golf Pay and Play Special. Every day from 2:30 pm you can play as much golf as you can get in before sunset. The cost is equivalent to $60 US and includes green fees, club rental, and a pull trolley. If you have your own set of clubs on hand, you can enjoy a shared cart rental instead.
Barbados Golf Course Green fees
The rate for 18 holes at the Barbados Golf Club is 200 BDS, which converts to $99 US. This is only for the green fees and does not include a cart.
Other services provided by Barbados Golf Club are cart, clubs, and pull trolley rentals. If you would like to play more than one round at this course during your time on the island, you can purchase 3, 5, or 7-day passes. These packages reduce the price of green fees per round.
Before you venture out into the Caribbean heat, stop by the bar and fuel up on quality H2O and ice-cold beer. In the 19th hole, while reflecting on your round, you can fill up on a pizza, sandwich, burger, or a selection of main meals.
Alternatives courses to play In Barbados
Besides the Barbados Golf Club, there are three other courses on the island, waiting to be tackled.
This is the first Tom Fazio designed course outside of the US. It is a championship layout and played host to the 2006 Golf World Cup, won by team Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem.
The Sandy Lane Country Club is 300 yards longer than Barbados Golf Club, making some Par 5’s unreachable in 2. The Country Club is located on the Central Eastern part of the island, 12.3 miles from the BGC.
Sandy Lane golf course green fees for 18 holes are $121 US and exclude a $50 US mandatory caddie charge. The course has a modern pro shop and restaurant to ensure you have everything you need before making your way to the first tee.
They also rent out clubs, shoes and provide a spike change service if needs be. If you want to spoil yourself, book a tee time at Sandy Lane Barbados. If you are unable to get a round at the Country Club, they have the Sandy Lane Green Monkey golf course and their old nine hole layout, on site.
Rockley often gets forgotten amongst the world-class courses located in the region. This is a fun 9-hole course, with alternative tee boxes to create an 18 hole setup.
The condition of the turf is acceptable, considering the price of green fees for 18 holes. $64 US will buy you a round, and for an extra 15 bucks, they will throw in a cart. If you left your clubs at home, it only costs a modest $10 US to rent a set.
This is a par 70 course that is incredibly short with a total distance of 5380 yards. Before you get too excited, there are only two par 5’s which will make eagles a challenge.
If you are up for a fun and more affordable round of golf, it is worth booking a tee time at Rockley Golf and Country Club.
Rockley golf course is often forgotten amongst the world-class courses located in the region. This is a fun 9-hole course, with alternative tee boxes to create an 18 hole setup.
The condition of the turf is acceptable, especially when you consider the price for 18 holes. $64 US will buy you a round, and for an extra 15 bucks, they will throw in a cart. If you left your clubs at home, it only costs a modest $10 US to rent a set.
This is a par 70 course that is incredibly short with a total distance of 5380 yards. Before you get too excited, there are only two par 5’s, so eagles may be hard to come by.
If you are up for a fun, more affordable round of golf, it is worth booking a tee time at Rockley Golf and Country Club.
Apes Hill is a favorite of visiting golfers. However, if you are heading to the island before November 2021, you may be disappointed. The estate recently changed ownership, and the golf course is being renovated.
The upgraded course will include a 19th hole par 3, modeled on the TPC Sawgrass’ “Island green”. Other additions included in the 2021 launch are a 9-hole par 3 course, a Titleist Performance Institute, and a state of the art golf academy.
Those of you with deep pockets can even snatch up a 3 bedroom villa from $800,000 US.
I am excited to see what magic Ron Kirby produces when Apes Hill opens to the public at the end of 2021. I am very keen to give this course a spin.
Conclusion About Barbados Golf Club
I really enjoyed my round at the Barbados Golf Club. The course played easy, it was in good knick, and the views on select holes were phenomenal. Long and short hitters will enjoy this course and have a multitude of chances to score. I would definitely recommend checking in for a round of 18 if you happen to be in the area.
After reading our review you now have enough knowledge to be an Astute Golfer at Barbados Golf Club.
There are a few cracking Barbados golf courses to play when you are on the island. I definitely recommend making Barbados Golf Club one of them. Here is the link to book a tee time.
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