Published On: Sat, Dec 6th, 2014

Golf, sunshine and trade winds on the beautiful island of Curaçao

golfing-on-curaca-headerTo celebrate Air France-KLM recent expansion of flights into the Caribbean with an additional 2,600 seats a week, Flying Blue Golf took this news as the perfect opportunity to explore golf in this area, specifically Curaçao.

There is a lot that makes Curaçao the A of the ABC islands in the Caribbean, as it is truly a unique destination. Its long, mostly quiet beaches, its spectacular dive locations, the Creole-Caribbean culture, the Dutch-style architecture of many buildings at the island, painted in pastel shades: Curaçao has a lot to offer. On top off all this though, Curaçao also has some of the most interesting golf courses in the Caribbean!

Playing golf on Curaçao is an enjoyable experience and not just because of the sun and the ever present but pleasant trade winds. The island’s courses offer unique arid and desert-like surroundings, local flora and fauna and stunning views of the spectacularly indigo-coloured Caribbean Sea. And moreover: a great golf challenge!

Blue Bay

Since its official opening in 2001, Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curaçao has been gaining popularity as it offers a challenging and scenic game. The great 18 holes championship course winds downhill along the Caribbean Sea through the ‘old plantation Blaauw’. Height differences, rocks, sand and sea are all part of the experience. Some holes are complemented by rocky seaside cliffs, offering scenery to intensify the game. Hole 5 is particularly notable for its forty-foot drop over the ocean, requiring a long shot across the sea. Golfers also occasionally see some of the exotic wildlife that inhabits the course, including iguanas, flamingos, and white herons.

Old Quarry

In 2010 a new golf experience became available on the island, as part of the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao. Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, the Old Quarry Curaçao golf course draws its name from the historic quarries where tricalcium phosphate and later limestone were mined. Dye succeeded in designing the holes to be very close to natural, with minimal shaping. During their round golfers will experience ocean holes, bay side holes, marsh views of a rookery, mountain and valley view holes. The Old Quarry Golf Course is fun but challenging as well.

Curaçao offers plenty of excitement besides golf. Its rugged landscape provides an endless bounty of fun diversions, from hiking, biking, and ATV tours. Discover Curaçao’s colourful underwater worlds, explore the island’s estates and country houses, go shopping in historic Willemstad or just relax at one of Curaçao’s many great hotels.

Source: Flying Blue Golf

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