St. Kitts: Sweeten Up Your Golf Game in “Sugar City”
It’s not hard to understand why the natives of St. Kitts have recently changed their focus from producing sugar cane to entertaining out of town visitors. For well over 300 years, the island’s primary industry was sugar production, which is how it got its name “Sugar City.” But with white sandy beaches surrounded by beautiful blue waters, lush tropical rain forests and a variety of historical and cultural attractions, St. Kitts is truly a vacationer’s paradise with a thriving future in tourism.
While a variety of smaller, charming hotels and inns dot the island, and other resorts are in the works, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino is by far the best option when choosing where to stay. With over 400 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, several exquisite restaurants, a luxurious spa, a spectacular 18-hole golf course, and the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean, the resort truly has something for everyone.
Highlighting the St. Kitts Marriott is The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, a Championship layout designed by the famed Canadian architect Thomas McBroom and the first golf course in the Caribbean to receive the prestigious Audubon Certification for its commitment to eco-friendly practices. The front nine offers a few glimpses of the Caribbean Sea on holes 3 and 4, as well as views of sister island Nevis and colorful island homes which are set into the mountainside. But the last nine holes offer both interesting play and absolutely stunning views of the Atlantic. The Par-3 15th signature hole features an elevated tee box overlooking what could be one of the best golf course views in the Caribbean. Following are two Par-4 holes running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, both with equally amazing views.
April is a great time to visit St. Kitts Marriott as the resort hosts the annual Legends Tour Charity Golf and Poker Tournament. The 4-day event is an opportunity to rub elbows with NFL, MLB, NBA, and Boxing “legends” such as Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Charles Oakley, Dave Henderson, Luis Tiant, and Jerry Cooney. Proceeds from the event benefit Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that works to surgically repair facial deformities in young children. In 2010, the event raised over $20,000, which is enough to help more than 80 children who suffer from this deformity.
Visitors to St. Kitts should not miss a trip to The Strip, which is in walking distance from the resort and features several great spots to eat and enjoy some local nightlife and entertainment. Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack cooks up some of the best lobster in the Caribbean and hosts a Thursday night bonfire at sunset with a performance from the famous “Fire Man.”
Other interesting activities on the island include a trip to Brimstone Hill Fortress State Park, which is one of the best preserved fortresses in the islands, and offers stunning views of other nearby islands, and a hiking tour on Mount Liamuiga, an inactive volcano and the highest point in St. Kitts.
Sugar City…a truly sweet golf vacation experience!http://www.royalstkittsgolfclub.com