There are two magnificent golf courses in Tobago, each providing different golfing experiences. Between them they offer variety and the ability to choose anything from a full scale golfing holiday to an occasional round.
Irvine Bay Golf Club
A magnificent 18 hole championship course set in 125 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, carved out from the grounds of an old coconut plantation with views of the Caribbean Sea. The Club House is a mere 5 minutes walk from Villas on the Green.
The course was established in 1968 and was designed by the late Commander John D. Harris and is considered to be his finest.
This is a 72-par course. Water comes into play on four of the holes. The course has natural grasses on tees, fairways and in the rough, with good quality grasses on the greens. Buggies are allowed on all parts of the course, but players can walk and use trolleys if they so wish.
This is an ideal course for a relaxing round of holiday golf as well as a testing challenge to lower handicap golfers. The course will suit almost any standard of golfer.
Refreshments are available from the bar and either the restaurant next to the club house or from the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel itself, which is just across the road.
Visitors are made most welcome and enjoy a 10% discount arranged for guests at Villas on the Green. The pro shop has clubs, caddies and buggies available for hire. Tuition can be arranged if you so desire. There is a practice facility and there are two resident golf professionals.
The course was established just a few years ago and was designed by Bob Hunt and Marcus Blackburn of PGA Golf Management Ltd. It hosted the Tobago Plantations and Seniors Classic (PGA European Tour) in 2002 and 2003.
The range of ecological habitats is impressive, but more so is the sheer abundance and variety of species that inhabit these coastal areas, including sharks (hammerheads, bull sharks, reef and nurse sharks), rays (manta, eagle and sting rays), turtles (leatherbacks, hawksbill, green) as well as dolphins and whales.
The coral reefs that surround Tobago are a highlight of the island and never cease to intrigue and amaze divers with their spectacular shapes and patterns. These living geological formations can achieve vast proportions, such as those of the majestic Buccoo Reef, estimated to be over 10,000 years old.
The Manta Dive Center on Pigeon Point Road offer free test dives and a superb range of diving packages to suit all ages and abilities, as well as trips around the island for non-divers with lunch and drinks included. Guests at either of our villas can enjoy up to 20% discount. For further information see www.mantadive.com.