ady golfers inspired by the excitement of last weekend’s Women’s Open and looking to spread their wings with their sport are invited to swing into action on the inviting greens of Aruba.
This sun-drenched Dutch Caribbean island is the perfect spot for combining golf with a relaxing holiday and with white sand beaches, top resorts, guaranteed weather, amazing cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, Aruba is a big hitter.
Even if one’s play is not quite up to the standard of the weekend’s Carnoustie winner Anna Nordqvist, Aruba’s courses will still make you feel like a championship pro.
Aruba offers something for everyone, from luxury brand shopping in capital Oranjestad to a host of watersports – or just relaxing on the island’s award-winning beaches.
Golf enthusiasts can indulge their passion at two courses on the island: Tierra Del Sol Resort, Spa and Country Club and The Links at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort – both offering something quite different.
The course at Tierra Del Sol is a spectacular one on the northern side of the island. It is a PGA-approved 18-hole course designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones II, offering magnificent ocean views and a panorama of the rugged desert-like landscape of Aruba. Among its accolades is a 4.5-star rating in Golf Digest’s ‘places to play’ category.
The nine-hole course at Divi Village is sited between the luxurious holiday villas of the complex. The eye-catching course is surrounded by the native flora and fauna of Aruba and gives visitors a real sense of the island’s nature.
Away from the greens, lady golfers can enjoy other forms of relaxation, including a wide choice of spa and wellness treatments, yoga, pilates and fitness classes.
Aruba is a noted producer of aloe vera products, created from the key locally-grown ingredient and these feature in many of the treatments offered in the island’s spas.
Many hotels offer a range of wellness-focused activities, such as dance therapy, fitness classes and yoga sessions. Hiking along the rugged northern coast of the island or kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding over tranquil turquoise waters are also suggested for those seeking nature-inspired activities.
The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba lies 15 miles north of the South American coastline, benefitting from year-round sunshine, an average temperature of 32 degrees and a cooling breeze. Located on the edge of the hurricane belt, with a nine mile stretch of award-winning pristine beach, turquoise seas, colonial Dutch architecture and a Latin vibe, Aruba is a delightful alternative Caribbean experience.