Royal St KittS

The Caribbean

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

For many golfers, there are few more ap­peal­ing prospects than play­ing through sway­ing palm trees along­side azure ocean waters amid equa­to­rial warmth and scenery. This, in a co­conut­shell, is ex­actly what you get at the stun­ning Royal St Kitts in the south­east­ern cor­ner of this spec­tac­u­lar is­land.

The course, which opened some 40 years ago, re­ceived a com­pre­hen­sive makeover ear­lier this cen­tury. The re­sult? A thrilling and pho­to­genic lay­out that dips its toes in the Caribbean Sea on one side and the At­lantic Ocean on the other.

There are four sets of tees to suit all abil­i­ties on a par-71 de­sign that con­tains five short holes, in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture 15th. Played to­wards the ocean and Half Moon Bay, and usu­ally into the cool­ing breeze, the green is pro­tected by an ar­ray of bunkers de­signed in the shape of waves.

Real wa­ter comes into play on no fewer than ten holes, and the ex­ten­sive and at­trac­tive bunker­ing means that no mat­ter how much fun you are hav­ing, it is still very much a proper test of golf. Words Rob Smith Pho­tog­ra­phy Kevin Mur­ray

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