No passport is required for U.S. citizens, so let's all head out to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. No, it's not the first name that comes to mind when planning a Caribbean golf vacation, and If you think that golf in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a rare commodity, you would be right. Golf is not the sport one would readily associate with the one-time pirate haven. The island does, however, have at least one golf course.
Mahogany Run Golf Course, St. Thomas, is worthy of note, and a visit, especially in combination with a golf vacation to the neighboring island of St. Croix where there are a couple of good golf courses.
St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the islands with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It’s one busy little island. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and the most visited port in the Caribbean. Elegant dining, exciting nightlife, and world-class duty-free shopping are abundant in Charlotte Amalie. The city's reputation as the shopping mecca of the Caribbean draws visitors from all over the region and around the world.
A mountainous island, St. Thomas offers stunning vistas in almost every direction. While Charlotte Amalie is full of energy, St. Thomas also provides natural wonders such as the indescribably beautiful Magens Bay and stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level.
Drake's Seat is particularly famous for its vistas.
Sports and activities are abundant on St. Thomas. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the George and Tom Fazio-designed Mahogany Run course. St. Thomas is also well known for its world-class yachting and sportfishing.
St Thomas Golf Course: Mahogany Run
George and Tom Fazio designed the 6,022-yard par-70, 18-hole course at Mahogany Run that overlooks the Atlantic ocean with a view of the neighboring British Virgin Islands beyond.
Most spectacular is the Devil's Triangle - a trio of holes so challenging that golfers who play through them without a penalty shot earn a prize in the pro shop. Overall, the course has rolling hills, tropical valleys and greens that are really green, thanks to a recently completed multi-million dollar renovation which included a brand new irrigation system, recently re-grassed greens and renovated bunkers.
Mahogany Run opened for play in 1980. Back then Golf Digest proclaimed it “more of an engineering marvel than an architectural one as the course had to be carved and blasted into an area of land just less than 110 acres.” The greens are small, the fairways tight, and the views are spectacular. Short as it is, and tight as it is, Mahogany Run is a series of targets culminating in the course’s three signature holes known collectively as The Devil’s Triangle.
Open seven days a week, Mahogany Run is the only golf course on the island of St. Thomas, in the beautiful US Virgin Islands. The public course is located approximately 20 minutes from the cruise ship docks in the town of Charlotte Amalie and only 15 minutes from the ferry dock at Red Hook.
Call 340-777-6250 for tee times or come by to play, availability is excellent.
Informal scratch tournaments held throughout the year give visitors a chance to pit their skills against local players with hometown course knowledge. Three-day special packages available to golf enthusiasts. Groups are welcome and special tournaments complete with prizes can be arranged. Okay, so as I said earlier, St. Thomas is maybe not the ideal choice for a golf vacation, but it has so much to offer besides golf. Consider the golf an excellent bonus to an extraordinary island vacation. I do.
How to Get There:
The Cyril E. King International Airport, St. Thomas, (STT) 340-776-6282, is three miles (15 minutes) from Charlotte Amalie, and is easily reached by taxi, public bus or rental car
Mahogany Run Golf Course, #1 Mahogany Run Road, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
340.777.6250 (phone), 800.253.7103 (toll-free), 340.777.6095 (fax)
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