Royal St KittS
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