While the point at the St Lucia Golf & Country Club is of course golf, there is so much more on offer at this favored hang-out for the well-heeled. Situated in the exclusive Cap Estate community, the St Lucia Golf & Country Club is a club house, pro-shop, restaurant and bar. The course itself is an 18-hole, par-71, 6885-yard course, sprawled on a beautiful stretch of property with views that span the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
The course not only looks beautiful but plays beautifully as well. Don’t be lulled into complacency, though. Regular players routinely begrudge the ponds on the 8, 12 and 18 holes. Says one player, ‘A shot like that would be no problem on an open fairway, but put a body of water in front of me and it’s bye-bye ball!’
Service reigns the fairways, and players can count on the friendly refreshment cart team to slake their thirst and satiate their hunger. Nurse your disappointment or celebrate your triumph at the Cap Grill, the country club’s restaurant and bar. The well-appointed clubhouse is perfect for lingering country club lunches with cocktail pitchers; you can hunker down for a flank steak meal or nibble at a fresh organic salad.
In keeping with the practice of golf and country clubs the world over, the St Lucia Golf and Country Club asks members and guests to observe a dress code, the dizzying details of which are listed on their website. Just hopped off a chopper in a swim suit and beach wrap’ Have no fear, you can get kitted out entirely at the pro-shop! Clubs and shoes are also available for rent in case you accidentally packed your snorkel gear instead of your golf gear in your luggage.
- The first tee time is 6.50 am, though how anyone on holiday would opt for that is bewildering. But it is the best time to get ahead of the crowds and avoid the heat.
- There is a practice putting green and a 350-yard driving range with a US$5 rental fee for a bucket of balls. Or you can get a lesson from Pro Glenn Sorenson, the sitting president of the International P.G.A. It’s bound to be a good one.