Although the Turks and Caicos Islands is more famous for its water-based activities, the Caribbean archipelago offers some pleasant golfing opportunities across two ranges and a family-orientated miniature golf course.
The Provo Golf and Country Club
The Provo Golf and Country Club, in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales, is the most prestigious course on the archipelago. Often voted as one of the top courses in the Caribbean and given a four star rating by Gold Digest Magazine, the club features lush greens and fairways backed against Providenciales' limestone outcropping. Designed by Karl Litten and opened in 1992, it is an 18-hole, 72 par course.
The course seamlessly merges with the flora and fauna of the islands. As you pass through the 18 holes, you will experience 14 bunkers, 6 waste areas, 12 lakes and have the chance to see seasonally migrating flamingos, egret and herons and over 20 other species of birds. Palm trees, including Winin, Areca, Sable and Washingtonian varieties and other tropical plants such as cassia, Hong Kong orchid, pink tabby and frangipani, verdant bushes such as bougainvillea, oleander, copper leaf and Ficusalso dot the course.
The club has excellent facilities, including a fully stocked pro-shop, club rental, a driving range, chipping area, putting green, a V1 video coaching system and tennis courts. The club also has three resident PGA-trained coaches for private lessons or group clinics. An expansive terrace extends from the clubhouse offering breakfast lunch and dinner and beautiful views of the fairway below.
External link: Official site
Waterloo Golf Club
The Waterloo Golf Club is a real community affair. In 1997, John Kelly, an enthusiast amateur golfer and the then Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, moved into the Governor's House on Grand Turk. The house was surrounded by 22 acres of thorny overgrown shrubs and bushes, leaving the land useless. Along with his wife, Kelly started to clear the shrubbery with the hopes of constructing a modest 2-hole course. However, as work progressed neighbors and friends began to take an interest, and soon a team of volunteers were busily clearing rocks and shrubs, landscaping and constructing tee boxes and greens.
The club was officially opened in January 1998 and is registered as a non-profit. Today it is a 9 hole, par 54 course with low green fees - just §25 a day, no matter how many times you play. It's a good idea to get there early as only 36 players are allowed on at one due to its small size. The opening also marked the first Governors Trophy golfing event, which now takes place annually in January. Other competitions include the AGM tournament, Easter Tournament, Mike Cassidy Memorial Trophy, Heineken Tournament, Grand Turk Trophy and the Boxing Day Tournament.
The new clubhouse, built in the former broadcasting station of Grand Turk, overlooks the green on one side and Governor's Beach on the other. The Waterloo Golf Club is not as grand as the Provo Golf and Country Club but it has a beautiful community feel to it, making it a very special course.
External link: Official site
Turks and Caicos Miniature Golf
The Turks and Caicos Miniature Golf course is part of the Fun World TCI Complex, which offers mini-golf, rock-climbing, go-carts, karaoke and a video arcade for kids and adults to enjoy. It is located east from Grace Bay, about three miles along the Leeward Highway.
The 18-hole mini golf course is spread across one and a half acres of landscaped gardens and features water hazards, bunkers, a waterfall and a pond. There is also food available at a restaurant on site. This place is a great option for kids parties. Or combined with a trip to the nearby Conch Farm, this can make for a great fun-filled family day out.