travel benefits by designIf you’re heading to the islands for some fun in the sun, you might want to get a few rounds of golf in too. Here are some great places to play:

Casa De Campo Resort and Villas: Pete Dye, legendary World Golf Hall of Fame member, helped to design the three courses that challenge guests at this resort, located in the Dominican Republic. The courses–Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, and The Links–all offer a unique experience and design. Teeth of the Dog in particular has been titled the best golf course in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Journal, so it is worth checking out.

Eden Roc Cap Cana: For a golf course that uses the environment to challenge you, this is the place to go. The Punta Cana resort has three Jack Nicklaus courses and takes you around the beaches, cliffs, and waterfalls on your 18 holes, including the infamous 13th-hole shot that requires you to put over the ocean. It was even named the best Caribbean and Mexico golf course in 2011 by Golfweek magazine.

One & Only: This 7,100-yard course in the Bahamas, designed by Tom Weiskopf, challenges its players to the land of Paradise Island’s peninsula, where the crosswinds play a trick on you. The 72-par course has held such acclaim that Michael Jordan hosts his celebrity tournament there. Not sure if it holds up to all of the hype? Try it out yourself.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa: This Anguilla golf course beautifully combines nature and golf to give you a breathtaking experience. There has been a careful effort to preserve the environment of the course, including the renewal of Merrywing Salt Pond, which brought back natural organisms. The first hole already starts players off with an amazing view of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea.

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course: Greg Norman is the designer of this award-winning golf course in Bahamas. Not only is it all-inclusive, including two free rounds for all members of the resort, but it also features six holes on the coastline, giving you beautiful views as well as a challenge against the wind.

Travel Benefits By Design