Eat, Play, Golf in Turk & Caicos

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Tim Cotro­neo

You’re aching to play some­place new and Caribbean golf has been on your radar for years. You’ve read that the Turks and Caicos Is­land of Prov­i­den­ciales hosts one of the most stun­ning beaches in the world. Does Turks and Caicos also have a golf course to match the beauty, the style, and the is­land hos­pi­tal­ity of leg­endary Grace Bay Beach?

You’re aching to play some­place new and Caribbean golf has been on your radar for years. You’ve read that the Turks and Caicos Is­land of Prov­i­den­ciales hosts one of the most stun­ning beaches in the world. Does Turks and Caicos also have a golf course to match the beauty, the style, and the is­land hos­pi­tal­ity of leg­endary Grace Bay Beach? Provo Golf Course opened in Prov­i­den­ciales in 1992. Ever since this 6700-yard lay­out made its de­but, Provo has de­vel­oped a loyal fol­low­ing of ad­mir­ers from around the globe. Nowhere is this in­ter­na­tional ad­mi­ra­tion so­ci­ety more ev­i­dent than when golfers glance up at the vaulted ceil­ing of Provo’s spa­cious club­house. Golf flags from the world’s most fa­mous cour­ses are on dis­play to re­mind vis­i­tors that Turks and Caicos golf is a melt­ing pot of na­tion­al­i­ties, tra­di­tion, and new­found friend­ship.

Here are 5 rea­sons for mak­ing Prov­i­den­ciales your next golf re­treat.

1.Lo­cated just an easy three wood from Provo Golf Club’s en­trance is Grace Bay Beach. This five mile stretch of pearl white sand em­braced by turquoise wa­ter is a beach­combers’ dream. If you like the beach, pre­pare to be awed when ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Grace Bay for the first time.

2.Spec­tac­u­lar ocean­front ho­tels are a way of life in Prov­i­den­ciales. When Provo first opened for busi­ness, sleepy Prov­i­den­ciales had just three ho­tels on Grace Bay Beach. To­day, you’ll find over two dozen ho­tels from which to choose, as well as a plethora of vil­las if you de­sire to get away from it all.

3.Beach di­ver­sions abound in Prov­i­den­ciales. The is­land fea­tures the third largest co­ral reef in the world. If you love snor­kel­ing, scuba, yacht­ing, kite­board­ing, and pad­dle­board­ing, this 38-square mile is­land is as good as it gets.

4.Food­ies will dis­cover that Prov­i­den­ciales of­fers a wealth of eclec­tic restau­rant and beach bar op­tions. Fresh seafood, Ital­ian, Thai, steak, sushi, Tep­pa­nyaki, and the is­land’s trade­mark conch, of­fer best in Caribbean cui­sine op­tions.

5.Con­ve­nience is king when choos­ing Turks and Caicos for your next va­ca­tion. Amer­i­can, United, Delta, JetBlue, South­west, Air Canada, and Bri­tish Air­ways all fly non-stop to Prov­i­den­ciales In­ter­na­tional Air­port (PLS.)

Rea­sons, Rounds, and Rum

You’ve tal­lied a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons for choos­ing Prov­i­den­ciales as your va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion. What can you ex­pect the first time you tee it up at Provo Golf Club? The con­di­tions at Provo Golf Club are stel­lar and this year’s track in­cludes brand new Plat­inum Pas­palum fair­ways. Provo’s golf en­vi­ron­ment fea­tures hun­dreds of palm trees, conch shell tee mark­ers, a hand­ful of pink flamin­gos, and enough easy ac­cess rum to re­mind you that you’re in the Caribbean. What else can you ex­pect be­yond golf? You’ve heard the buzz on how Prov­i­den­ciales ex­tra­or­di­nary beach set­ting is a mag­net for at­tract­ing the rich and fa­mous. If you quizzed Provo’s long­time Golf Pro­fes­sion­als Dave Dou­glas and Sean Wil­son on this sub­ject, you’d re­ceive a sheep­ish shrug. That’s be­cause these On­tario na­tives be­lieve that Provo’s unas­sum­ing am­biance is why screen stars and pro­fes­sional ath­letes feel com­fort­able blend­ing seam­lessly with the golfer next door.

Club­house New Friends

On the back nine you strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with a golfer from Great Bri­tain who in­tro­duces you to his mates from Aus­tralia and New Zealand. These golfers liked Prov­i­den­ciales so much the first time they now call the is­land home. Their part­ing com­ment was, “See you in the club­house. “ Af­ter a glo­ri­ous round of Caribbean golf, you head to Provo’s Fair­ways Bar and Grill club­house to re­hash your round. You wave at the “mates” you met on the back nine, and ac­knowl­edge the ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional golf flags poised from the ceil­ing. That’s when Provo’s sig­na­ture easy ca­ma­raderie kicks it up a notch. Your four­some hoists a lo­cally brewed Turk’s Head Beer, fol­lowed by a Bam­barra rum cock­tail. That’s when you re­al­ize you’re speak­ing the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of golf. When ex­chang­ing toasts amongst friends in Provo’s club­house, we all wave the same flag. That’s es­pe­cially true when you’re just a three wood from one of the most beau­ti­ful beaches in the world.

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