Truth be told, we haven’t done a lot with golf or reviewing golf courses – Golfweek is great for that since they specialize in it. That said, we’ve been thinking about adding golfing experiences to the editorial calendar for 2017, as golf can be transformative in nature when you’re present with your game and of course, pick golf courses with spectacular views and incredible nature. Since we’d also like to expand our coverage of the Caribbean in 2017 and beyond, below is a top 50 list of some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and Mexico.
 Cap Cana Punta Espada – photo credit: Golf Zoo. 
SO, here’s the 2016 list that Golfweek curates and produces, for the best in the Caribbean and Mexico. Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed the most respected ranking structure in the industry. Golfweek’s expert team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, rates each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, Golfweek raters have turned in more than 55,000 votes. Golfweek’s Best Courses lists include: Modern, Classic, Casino, Municipal, Campus, Residential, Resort, Canadian, Caribbean & Mexico, Great Britain & Ireland and Courses You Can Play. Enjoy!

Cap Cana (Punta Espada)

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.77


Sandy Lane (Green Monkey)

St. James, Barbados, 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.75


Dunes Course at Diamante

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2009

Davis Love III

Avg. rating: 7.70


Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 1970

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.54


Querencia

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2000

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.48

Querencia


Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Bahia)

Punta Mita, Mexico, 2009

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.48


Apes Hill Club

St. James, Barbados, 2009

Chris Cole, Jeff Potts

Avg. rating: 7.31


Mid Ocean Club

Tuckerstown, Bermuda, 1923

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

Avg. rating: 7.26


Royal Westmoreland

St. James, Barbados, 1994

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 7.24


Abaco Club on Winding Bay

Abaco, Bahamas, 2006

Donald Steel

Avg. rating: 7.21

Photo credit: MyOutLandIslands.com


Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Pacifico)

Punta Mita, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.17


Corales GC

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 2010

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.05


El Dorado Golf & Beach Club

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 1999

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.03


Cabo del Sol (Ocean)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1994

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.03


Quivira

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.96

Photo credit: Nicklaus


Vista Vallarta GC (Nicklaus)

Vista Vallarta, Mexico, 2001

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.95


Santa Maria G&CC

Panama City, Panama, 2012

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.80


Mayakoba (El Camaleon)

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2006

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.61


Albany

New Providence, Bahamas, 2010

Ernie Els

Avg. rating: 6.55

Photo credit: www.telegraph.co.uk.


Vista Vallarta GC (Weiskopf)

Vista Vallarta, Mexico, 2001

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.55


Playa Grande GC

Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, 1996

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 6.54


Canouan Resort (Grenadines Estates)

Canouan Island, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, 2002

Jim Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.53

Photo credit: TSIVacations.com.


El Cardonal at Diamante

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015

Tiger Woods

Avg. rating: 6.52


Port Royal GC

Southampton, Bermuda, 1970

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.45


Iberostar Playa Paraiso GC

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2002

P.B. Dye

Avg. rating: 6.43

Photo credit: American-Development.com.


Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 2003

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.42


CuisinArt Golf Club

Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla, 2006

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.38


Palmas del Mar CC (Flamboyan)

Humacao, Puerto Rico, 1998

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 6.38


Ritz-Carlton Resort (White Witch)

St. James, Jamaica, 2000

Robert von Hagge

Avg. rating: 6.36


Reserva Conchal GC

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 1996

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.26


Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 2004

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.20


Bahia Beach Resort & GC

San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2007

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.20

Photo credit: bahiabeachpuertorico.com.


Cabo del Sol (Desert)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1998

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.17


Trump International GC Puerto Rico (Championship)

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2007

Tom Kite

Avg. rating: 6.08


Tryall Golf & Beach Club

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1958

Ralph Plummer

Avg. rating: 6.08


Puerto Los Cabos (Norman/Nicklaus)

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.05


Sandy Lane (The Country Club)

St. James, Barbados, 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.02


Casa de Campo (La Romana CC)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 1985

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.00

Photo credit: Women’s Golf and Travel


Dorado Beach GC (East)

Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, 1961

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 5.93


Royal Isabela GC

Isabela, Puerto Rico, 2011

David Pfaff

Avg. rating: 5.93


One & Only Ocean Club GC

Paradise Island, Bahamas, 2000

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 5.90


Cabo Real GC

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1994

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.86


One & Only Palmilla GC (Mountain & Arroyo Nines)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1993

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 5.84

Photo credit: LivePalmilla.com.


Moon Palace GC (Lakes & Jungle)

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2005

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 5.84


Royal St. Kitts GC

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis, 2004

Thomas McBroom

Avg. rating: 5.84


Puntacana Resort (La Cana GC)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 2001

P.B. Dye

Avg. rating: 5.84


Trump International GC Puerto Rico (International)

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2008

Tom Kite

Avg. rating: 5.83


Lyford Cay Club

New Providence, Bahamas, 1958

Rees Jones, Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 5.80


Rose Hall Resort & CC (Cinnamon Hill)

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2001

Robert von Hagge

Avg. rating: 5.77

Photo credit: IslandRoutes.com.


Club Campestre

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 5.77

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