Golfweek's Best 2019: Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses

Cap Cana (Punta Espada)

Golfweek's Best 2019: Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses

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Golfweek's Best 2019: Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses

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Welcome to Golfweek’s annual Best. Each spring, we publish the three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play and our Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses (below).

The 850-plus members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course.

Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Then each course is ranked against other courses in its category to produce the final rankings.

Each course is listed here with its 2019 ranking, location, architect(s), year opened and the average ranking from all the Golfweek Raters who reviewed it.

Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses

 

Rank Course Location Architect(s)  Year opened  Avg. rating
1 Cap Cana (Punta Espada) Cap Cana, D.R. Jack Nicklaus 2008 7.69
2 Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Davis Love III 2009 7.67
3 Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) La Romana, D.R. Pete Dye 1970 7.58
4 Sandy Lane (Green Monkey) St. James, Barbados Tom Fazio 2004 7.55
5 Four Seasons Golf Club – Punta Mita (Bahia) Punta Mita, Mexico, Jack Nicklaus 2008  7.46
6 Apes Hill Club St. James, Barbados Chris Cole, Jeff Potts 2009 7.39
7 Mid Ocean Club Tucker’s Town, Bermuda Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor 1923 7.26
8 Chileno Bay Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Tom Fazio 2015 7.25
9 Querencia San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Tom Fazio 2000 7.23
10 Corales Punta Cana, D.R. Tom Fazio 2008 7.13
11 Royal Westmoreland St. James, Barbados Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994  7.12
12 Playa Grande Rio San Juan, D.R. Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Rees Jones 1995 7.11
13 Cabo del Sol (Ocean) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Jack Nicklaus 1994 7.05
14 Four Seasons Punta Mita (Pacifico) Punta Mita, Mexico Jack Nicklaus 1999 7.04
15 Baker’s Bay Club Great Guana Cay, Bahamas Tom Fazio 2010 7.03
16 Vista Vallarta (Nicklaus) Vista Vallarta, Mexico Jack Nicklaus 2001 6.71
17 The Nicklaus Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco, Mexico Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II 2009 6.64
18 Abaco Club on Winding Bay Abaco, Bahamas Donald Steel 2006 6.64
19 El Dorado Golf & Beach Club San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Jack Nicklaus 1999 6.63
20 Mayakoba (El Camaleon) Maya Riviera, Mexico Greg Norman 2006 6.60
21 Albany New Providence, Bahamas Ernie Els 2010 6.55
22 Quivira Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Jack Nicklaus 2015 6.51
23 Royal Isabela Isabela, P.R. David Pfaff 2011 6.44
24 Palmas del Mar (Flamboyan) Humacao, P.R. Rees Jones 1998 6.40
25 Port Royal Southampton, Bermuda Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1970 6.39
26 El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Tiger Woods 2015 6.38
27 Casa de Campo (Dye Fore) La Romana, D.R. Pete Dye 2008 6.37
28 Vista Vallarta (Weiskopf) Vista Vallarta, Mexico Tom Weiskopf 2001 6.35
29 Royal Blue Nassau, Bermuda Jack Nicklaus 2015 6.33
30 Reserva Conchal Guanacaste, Costa Rica Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1996 6.27
31 White Witch St. James, Jamaica Robert von Hagge 2000 6.27
32 Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste, Costa Rica Arnold Palmer 2004 6.27
33 Iberostar Playa Paraiso Maya Riviera, Mexico P.B. Dye 2002 6.19
34 Tryall Golf & Beach Club Montego Bay, Jamaica Ralph Plummer 1958 6.17
35 Puerto Los Cabos (Norman & Nicklaus) San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman 2008 6.13
36 Iberostar Bavaro Bavaro, D.R. P.B. Dye 2009 6.12
37 CuisinArt GC Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla Greg Norman 2008 6.11
38 TPC Dorado Beach (East) Dorado Beach, P.R. Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1961 6.10
39 Royal St. Kitts Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis Thomas McBroom 2004 6.05
40 Ocean Club Paradise Island, Bahamas Tom Weiskopf 2000 6.04
41 Palmas del Mar (Palm) Humacao, P.R. Gary Player 1974 6.03
42 Cabo del Sol (Desert) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Tom Weiskopf 1998 6.01
43 Lyford Cay Club New Providence, Bahamas Rees Jones and Dick Wilson 1958 6.00
44 Casa de Campo (La Romana) La Romana, D.R. Pete Dye 1985 5.98
45 Bahia Beach Resort & GC San Juan, Puerto Rico Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007 5.96
46 Sandy Lane (The Country Club) St. James, Barbados Tom Fazio 2004 5.95
47 Coco Beach Golf Resort (Championship) Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Tom Kite 2007 5.92
48 Puntacana Resort – La Cana (Hacienda/Arrecife) Punta Cana, D.R. P.B. Dye 2001 5.91
49 Cabo Real Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994 5.89
50 Hacienda Pinilla G&CC Guanacaste, Costa Rica Mike Young 2004 5.87

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