This past spring, I visited St. Croix, The U.S. Virgin Islands again to visit my friends, Candy and Mark. My Jon came and joined me for a few days AND we got to hit a few golf courses while we were there. Jon loves golf. Here are a few courses we discovered that I wanted to share. Here is our adventures in golf in St. Croix.
From island breezes to palm trees, gorgeous views of the ocean, if you play golf, you will want to bring your clubs to this island. There are four golf courses in St. Croix, we were able to visit two of them on this visit! I’ll tag the other two on our next Virgin Island adventure.
Golf in St. Croix
We weren’t able to stay at the resort this visit, but it is definitely on our list. For reservations and COVID travel requirements click HERE.
Here are a few things to know about playing golf at the Buccaneer
- Tee Time reservations are required
- COVID restrictions are still in place, definitely read before you arrive
- Know how you play golf, on this course, I played the red tees ⛳️
- You can walk the course, but keep a timely pace, carts are available too
Hotel guests get a little bit of a break on greens fees, cart rental is about $25/person and playing 18holes is $70/person. I live on a Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Alabama and its almost the same price, so we are used to that price point.
Proper golf attire is required including collared golf shirts for men with Bermuda shorts or long pants. So glad Jon had the shorts, it was very warm in April. Golf shirts with shorts, slacks, skirts or capris are accepted for women, just no halter tops, cargo pants or tank tops.
Golf Course with Views
The views of this golf course are amazing, by the time we got to the third hole we had these tremendous views of the ocean. It was windy, Because it was the beginning of “windy season” in St. Croix.
According to Jon this is a short, tight course with many ocean views with small decent greens.
TRAVEL TIP: St. Croix, USVI has a windy season, travel between October and April!
Besides golf, The Buccaneer also has plenty of places to eat in this resort. We enjoyed lunch at The Mermaid both times I’ve visited. It was a wonderful lunch. Great views of the beach and the awesome summer breeze. Wonderful lunch and drink menu, refreshing after a warm day of golf in St. Croix.
You can find more on Where to EAT in ST.CROIX HERE!
Golf in St. Croix – Carambola Golf Club
This is a 72-par golf course and is also a Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, so of course we had to play this one, while we were visiting this April. It is really a beautiful course, when we were on our spring visit though, the dry winds and draught made it not as pretty as my visit in October, so you will definitely see the difference in my footage. Green and lush, versus dry and thirsty, still nature must be nature.
We played golf early in the morning when we played and I would also recommend that as well. By 1:00 p.m. we were sweating bullets. This once sugar plantation has ruins all over the grounds AND you can even purchase a townhouse here on the golf course.
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Here are a few things to know…
- Reserve a TEE TIME ONLINE (you can also book one by phone – 340-778-5638)
- 18-holes with a cart is $115, 9-holes is $70, without a cart (walking is $30 less)
- Club rentals and equipment are available
- CLICK here to see a hole-by-hole tour of the course
Pro-shop was pretty nice, but I would definitely recommend bringing your own water, because it was a little hefty in price to buy one! 😳
So you’ll enjoy our tour of Carambola as it is considered one of the top 100 golf courses in America by Tailormade!
Playing the Golf Course
The course design is really nice but he felt unplayable during the dry season. Some areas of the course are tight. The greens seemed fine, but the fairways felt like you were like playing on asphalt during a hot season.
Due to COVID the Greenside Grille had been closed, however, I have found out it is now re-opened. So although we didn’t get a chance to have lunch there, the reviews are promising. We grabbed a bite to eat at The Chicken Shack, not too far away and an island legend. You can find out more about them on my recent “Where to Eat in St. Croix” Vlog!
What to PACK!
Jon and I did pack his clubs and take them on the plane it was an extra $100 and we did need a golf luggage bag. I would definitely recommend a hard cover . I’ve had too many times where things were not treated nicely. If you have someone you love who needs a golf bag – here you go!
I hope you are ready to get back to traveling? Be safe and for sure, vaccinate and wear masks, it will get us all closer to exploring everywhere out there. If you love to swing the club, St.Croix should definitely be on your MUST-DO list! Filled with amazing beaches, food and of course, golf, you need to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands.