Persons undertake golf, as their main purpose for visiting Tobago, in yearly tournaments or pursue it as a secondary activity when they just want to ''knock a ball around''. It is a game played on a large outdoor course with a series of holes spaced far apart with the object being to propel a small, hard ball with the use of various clubs into each hole with as few strokes as possible.
Golf Courses in Tobago - scroll down to see all
- Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club
The center-piece of the Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750-acre development that includes a luxury hotel, the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, luxury villas, condominiums, bungalows, water sports facilities, and a marina with 120 berths. The Par-72, 18-hole course has been woven into the landscape of an old coconut plantation that extends through an area consisting of plants designed for dry areas out to the sea. The landscape varies greatly throughout the course with lakes, woodland thickets, beaches, mangroves and wild grass providing each hole with a very distinctive character of true Trinidad and Tobago golf. The course is a good test of the game for golfers of all levels, but requires the player to have some experience with the game. The flat terrain of just over 7,000 yards has been sensitively modified to utilize indigenous plants and increase the habitat diversity for wildlife. There are characteristic pot bunkers sunk into the greensides, such as on the 3rd hole, a Par 4 that goes out onto the peninsula to enjoy panoramic views of Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. All the holes have four tee positions. In stark contrast to the coastline holes, others weave their way through mature Palm Trees and surrounding Mangroves. Artificial lakes and wetlands have been created and developed to regenerate nature. The fairways are planted with Tifton Bermuda Brass and the greens feature Tif dwarf Bermuda Grass. The Tobago Plantations Golf Course is PGA designed to Championship standards and opened in 2001. It was designed by Bob Hunt and Marcus Blackburn of PGA Golf Management Ltd., the design, development and management arm of the Professional Golfers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland. It is a certified member of the Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary System" which is one of the environmental programmes offered by Audubon International. In addition, the club has received certification for Environmental Planning.
- The Mount Irvine Bay Golf Course
The driving range has 50 Bay Grass Trees, pitching, chipping and bunker greens, and a large practice putting green. The clubhouse is situated between the first and tenth tees and offers quality service in its facilities that include a refreshing club room lounge, Muscovados, a relaxing bar/restaurant, a pro shop, changing rooms, and classrooms. The Mount Irvine Bay Golf Course is an award-winning, championship quality 18-hole course with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, carved out from the grounds of an old coconut plantation.??The course was designed by the late Commander John D. Harris and, considered to be his finest, it is regarded as one of the premier golf courses in the Caribbean.??Established in 1968, the course is set within gently rolling countryside along the north coast of Tobago, with a view of the sea from every hole and an abundance of massive coconut palm trees.