Guide to the Golf Resorts of the US Virgin Islands

The Buccaneer Golf Course, US Virgin Islands
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There are not many places to play golf in the U.S. Virgin Islands, just three in fact. This Guide to Golf Courses and Resorts in US Virgin Islands offers a quick look at all of them them. These islands on the Caribbean would seem to have just about everything the wandering golfer could be looking for: sun, sand, emerald seas, cool breezes that blow constantly in off the ocean, warm days and balmy nights, and several very special golf courses.

All of this means you can tee-off U.S. Virgin Islands'-style against one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Caribbean. Configured by world acclaimed designers and putted-on by presidents, the golf courses on St. Thomas and St. Croix cater to golf enthusiasts who love to `play a round' while on vacation. So, if you’re looking for something really different for a golf vacation, you could not do better than the US Virgin Islands.

Where to Play Golf

  • The Buccaneer, St. Croix: "The only problem with this hole is that it's so beautiful, you don't want to leave the green." So said the late Senator Edward Kennedy, after he’d played the #3 signature hole. 
  • The Carambola, St. Croix: The par-72 Carambola golf course was built by Laurence Rockefeller as the centerpiece of a luxury Caribbean resort complex. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The layout meanders through a lush, tropical valley on the northwest side of the island of St. Croix and it’s a stunner. A challenging, spectacular Trent Jones signature course, Carambola is a Caribbean gem and a "must play" for anyone who claims to love the game of golf. Carambola has received a four star rating from GOLF Magazine.

Where to Stay

  • The Pink Fancy, St. Croix
  • The Buccaneer, St. Croix
  • Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach, St. Thomas
  • Bluebeard’s Castle, St. Thomas (closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Irma)

How to Get There

  • St. Thomas: 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.
  • St. Croix: The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport is the only airport in St. Croix, but it handles both international traffic and flights coming in from elsewhere in the Caribbean. The best service to this St. Croix airport is offered by American Airlines, which has connections through San Juan, Puerto Rico, from both New York City and Newark, New Jersey. The airport is just 13 miles from Christiansted, the island’s capital, which is also easily reached by taxi or rental car.