Guide to Golf Courses and Resorts in US Virgin Islands

Guide to Golf Courses and Resorts in US Virgin Islands

Photograph of the Buccaneer Golf Course, St. Croix, USVI
••• The Buccaneer Golf Course, St. Croix, USVI. Photograph Courtesy of the Buccaneer Golf Course, St. Croix, USVI

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.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are near and dear to my heart. It was in St. Croix that I spent my first Caribbean vacation, and on St. Thomas that I enjoyed one of those fabulous weeks one never seems quite able to forget. Golf for me in those days was a sometime thing, not the obsession it seems to have become today. I do, however, have fond memories of the magnificent golf course at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. As to the other two courses on these tiny American islands… well, I can only say they offer golfers an unexpected, though not necessarily new, dimension in golf travel and will make wonderful memories that will last for a lifetime.

Where to Play Golf in the U.S. Virgin Islands:

  • St, Thomas: Mahogany Run. Designed by world-renowned architects George and Tom Fazio and opened in 1980, the 6000 yard, Par 70 Mahogany Run Golf Course attracts thousands of visitors each year – golfers and non-golfers, celebrities, and Presidents alike – to its challenging fairways and lush greens.  Carved from Blue-Bit stone, the course is nestled between the scenic hills and breathtaking shoreline of St. Thomas’ scenic North side 
  • St. Croix: The Buccaneer. "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. I didn’t know Kennedy, but I do know he was right when he said that.
  • St. Croix: The Carambola. 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; that I can promise you. 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 in the U.S. Virgin Islands:

·       St. Croix: The Pink Fancy

·       St. Croix: The Buccaneer

·       St. Thomas: Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach

·       St. Thomas: Bluebeard’s Castle

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.

This guide provides reviews of Golf Courses and Resorts in the US Virgin Islands, but don’t forget: there are many other opportunities for great golf all over the world. Favorite locations include Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.