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#450722 - 11/09/12 02:02 PM Best Golf Courses in Belize
Marty Offline

As an avid golfer, there is nothing more that I like to do then set out on a bright, fresh morning, set up my tee and begin swinging away. Well, there might be one more thing that I like to do better and that would be setting up my tee on a bright, fresh morning on a course caressed with tropical trade winds and the heady scent of salty surf.

So a Caribbean destination that encompasses both my love of golfing with a little equatorial climate might be a win-win on both accounts. Where to go to do both? Belize! But before we hit the courses, letís find out why this little hotspot destination appeals to so many tourists, ex pats and retirees alike.

Belize is not a wealthy country, but what is lacks in capital wealth it more than makes up for in its beauty and charm. Like many Caribbean nations, Belize has its history in the indigenous tribes that inhabited these coastal isles before European explorers came and not only enslaved these primitive islanders but pillaged the land and natural resources. Many peaceful farmers and fishermen, the Arawaks and the Caribs are now just ghosts, even their neighbors, The Mayan have long since disappeared. But their cultural and architectural achievements still remain seen in the stone pyramids and remnants of tribal huts.

Much of Belize is still rural, picture a country the size of Massachusetts with a population of only 300,000 and then you can get an idea of what Belize is like. However, if you are looking to spend your vacation not wending your way through the jungle and its unsavory occupants (mosquitos) and are searching for more modern accommodations, Belize offers many luxurious options with rates that are comparable to Mexican spots like Cozumel. Of course, being a travel-savvy tourist would behoove you here. Donít forget crime can happen anywhere, but if youíre an American tourist, youíve already got a couple of marks against you. However, if your plans tend to keep you nearer to sand traps and fairways rather than rowdy tourists traps, youíre sure to be not only safer but get plenty of golfing in. Just be careful of where that ball wanders, you might have to consult your PGA rules about playing around crocodiles, and double check if you have to hit that ball off their head or get to drop it off at safer location.

  • Caye Chapel Golf Resort: This par 72 golf course should satisfy all your vacation and golfing needs. The clubhouse alone offers spectacular palm tree-studded views of the sea while under the balmy tropical breezes, indoor and outdoor dining, Olympic sized swimming pool, workout facility and tennis courts.
  • Roaring River Golf Course: Once you check out this public course, you wonít be disappointed. Take in the beautiful rolling grassy hills, endless Caribbean vistas, where the heady breath of coconuts and plumerias will not only fill the air but also your senses. Lodging is available as well as dining at an onsite restaurant.

No matter where you end up sinking those toes, youíll find the perfect beach somewhere in Belize. If youíre looking for a little golf, too then shake the sand off and get the cleats on. Fore!

About Guest Author: David Bryce is an online publisher for the Hotel and Resort Thousand Hills in Branson, MO. He blogs on the topics of golf, travel, and vacations.

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Image courtesy http://www.belizegolf.net/

#450769 - 11/09/12 10:18 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Marty]
champion Offline
Let me get this right, the top 2 or the only 2?
Reality is only an illusion that occurs due to a lack of alcohol

#450792 - 11/10/12 03:45 AM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: champion]
Ernie B Offline
You got it, Champ. Im not sure that Chappel id even open any longer. I played it in '02 with Jerry McDermott
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#450818 - 11/10/12 03:32 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Marty]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Do golf courses announced in public relations releases and promoted on web sites count?

* The Placencia Golf Course, Plancencia Peninsula (The Placencia is undergoing, ah, ownership/management changes and legal issues)
* Ara Macao Golf Course, Placencia Peninsula (development announced but never happened)
* Sanctuary Belize near Hopkins (proposed in original master plan, status of proposed course unknown)
* Maskall Golf Course, former Pretty See site, Old Northern Highway (partially built course now reverting to bush)
* Smuggler's Run Plantation, near Belize City (part of a 1,000-acre proposed development with 740 condos and 600 townhouses, announced but never developed)
* Black Orchid Golf Course on South Riders Caye near Belize City (supposedly under construction now)
* Bellcann Golf Resort & Marina, between Corozal Town and Consejo Village (announced but never developed)
* Astro-Turf-style course (it's true!) at Jaguar Reef Resort, Hopkins -- planned but never executed
* Xaibe 9-hole course near Corozal Town (planned, now for sale)

This doesn't include several golf courses announced over the years for North Ambergris (including with press conferences featuring government officials) but never developed.

--Lan Sluder (36.4-handicap, the maximum permitted)

P.S. There is a little 9-hole course at Consejo Shores near Consejo Village.

#450824 - 11/10/12 05:23 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
And was another at BSI compound in OW, might still be there. Lets hope we never allow courses on lagoons, rivers or sea where the chemicals used to keep the course vibrant run into and poison the water
Belize based travel specialist

#450833 - 11/10/12 09:57 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Ernie B]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Caye Chapel is open.......played there about a month ago.
I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!

#450834 - 11/10/12 10:05 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Loansum-Al K]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Whom do you contact these days about playing Caye Chapel?

#450846 - 11/11/12 01:55 AM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Just call the number listed.
I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!

#450947 - 11/12/12 07:50 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: Loansum-Al K]
champion Offline
Hey Loansum, What did it cost and how was the course condition? The last time I played was maybe 5 years ago. Did you have your own clubs or did you rent their crummy clubs?

Edited by champion (11/12/12 07:52 PM)
Reality is only an illusion that occurs due to a lack of alcohol

#450954 - 11/12/12 09:24 PM Re: Best Golf Courses in Belize [Re: champion]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Originally Posted By: champion
Hey Loansum, What did it cost and how was the course condition? The last time I played was maybe 5 years ago. Did you have your own clubs or did you rent their crummy clubs?

The cost is $150 BZ. I have my own clubs that I leave in a locker at the club house for no charge. Better than schlepping than back and forth from our condo to the course. The course is not too bad. The greens are improving but still need some TLC. They are doing a lot of work to the course in general. It should be in very good shape next spring.
I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!

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