NEW YORK -- It's all about links, clubs and greens at several
resorts in the Caribbean region this winter, as golfing takes
In the most overt example, the Radisson Cable Beach Resort in
Nassau, the Bahamas, went ahead and changed its name to the
Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort to celebrate the redesign of
its 18-hole, public championship golf course.
The property is the only resort in Nassau to offer unlimited,
free greens fees as part of its all-inclusive rate plan, according
to management. Low greens fees also are available to guests staying
on a room-only rate plan.
A nearly $2.5 million revamp of the par-71 course resulted in
reshaped fairways, repositioned greens, new hazards and water
holes, sea-salt-tolerant grasses and a renovated clubhouse.
With four tees, the course offers a variety of options for golfers
of all skill levels, according to its designer, Fred Settle of
International Gold Design.
Prices through April include all-inclusive Supersaver rates
starting at $200 per person, per night, double; meanwhile,
per-night, room-only rates --with European plan -- start at $205
Standard agent commission is 13%, although some special packages
pay only 10%.
To book either type of stay, call (800) 777-7800 or access
Radisson via GDS using resort code RD. For more information, e-mail
[email protected] or visit the Web at www.radissoncablebeach.com on line.
Habla usted golf?
Farther south, down Dominican Republic way, Coral Resorts has
hired championship golfer Chris Hall as the on-site pro at its new
Guavaberry Golf & Country Club in Juan Dolio, which debuted
just in October.
A veteran of Carenage Bay Resort in Canuan, the Flamingo
Monastir Golf Course in Tunisia and the Grazar Golf Club in
Austria, Hall offers instruction in six languages, including
Spanish, French and English.
Guavaberry's 7,156-yard, par-72 Gary Player course offers
sloping hillsides, undulating greens, landscaping with native
plants, wide fairways and huge waste bunkers, according to
Those cost-conscious clients who want to check out the course
and/or ply Hall for golfing tips might opt for Coral Resorts' new
Dominican Defrost winter special.
The package offers all-inclusive $99 per-person, per-night rates
-- as well as free fifth or seventh nights -- on minimum four-night
stays through March 31 at the nearby Coral Costa Caribe Beach
Resort and Casino.
For the more timid amateur or novice golf player, the 548-room
property -- set on the Caribbean Sea on Juan Dolio Beach in San
Pedro de Macoris -- also offers both miniature golf and
The Dominican Defrost deal includes accommodations; unlimited
meals, drinks and snacks; land and water sports; nightly
entertainment; access to the gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, tennis courts
and discotheque; and aerobics and Latin dance class.
Kids under age 8 stay and eat free when accompanied by two
adults in the same room.
Through March 1, Coral Resorts also continues to offer its
three-night Par in the D.R. package to Costa Caribe, which adds
free room upgrade; daily transfers to Guavaberry course and the
rounds of golf with cart; and one complimentary massage to the
resort chain's usual all-inclusive perks.
Par in the D.R. is priced at $400 per person with double
occupancy; Coral Resorts pays 10% commission to travel agents.
For more information or to book, call Coral Resorts at (800)
847-0291 or visit www.coralhotels.com on line.
A Provo hole-in-one
Back up in the Turks and Caicos islands, the newly refurbished,
21-suite Grace Bay Club on Providenciales hopes for a hole-in-one
with its seven-night Golfer's Delight package, which is available
through April 21.
Six rounds of 18-hole golf for two -- plus transport to the
course and use of a golf cart -- distinguish the $6,660 per couple
plan, which also includes accommodations in a one-bedroom,
oceanview suite with terrace; champagne in the suite; six
candlelight dinners for two; daily breakfast and one hour-long
massage per person. The rate does not include taxes or service
Grace Bay Club also offers discounted greens fees for the course
at the Provo Golf Club -- noted for its friendly flamingo
population -- with other types of stays.
Agent commission on the Golfer's Delight package is 10%, but
Grace Bay Club also pays up to just over 14% when higher categories
of accommodation are reserved, according to reservations staff.
For additional information on Grace Bay Club or to make
reservations, call (800) 946-5757 or visit the resort's Web site at
www.gracebayclub.com on line.