Cuba now has a world-class
championship golf course. In 1998 the Varadero Golf Club opened
on a property formerly owned by the Dupont family of the United
Varadero Golf Club
This par 72, 18-hole, 6269 meter course was designed by Les
Forbes, the Canadian architect who spent many years working
with the renowned Robert Trent Jones. Both greens and fairways
are irrigated. Eight holes have water hazards, and there are
many sand traps along the fairways as well as near the greens.
Some holes border the beach along the dunes giving the golfer
a spectacular view of the sea. There are three putting greens,
one pitching green, practice bunkers and two driving ranges.
This splendid course has been the venue of European PGA tournaments.
The elegant clubhouse is the 1930's Dupont mansion known
as Xanadu which overlooks the beach from an elevated coral
There is an excellent restaurant
serving French-style food, an excellent wine cellar and
a pleasant terrace bar as well as other facilities. Alongside
the clubhouse is a large pro-shop and caddie house with
lockers and a bar. There are caddies and electric carts
readily at hand and professional instruction is also available.
Bordering the golf course is the 5-star
luxury Hotel Melia Las Americas which faces the beautiful
Veradero beach on the other side. The hotel is operated
by the Sol-Melia chain of Spain and is only minutes
on foot from the club house. It has 220 standard rooms,
18 suites and 90 bungalows, various restaurants and
bars, plus 5 swimming pools. Taken together the Varadero
Golf Club and the Hotel Melia Las Americas make a first
class golfing resort unsurpassed in the Caribbean or
anywhere else in the world.
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