Cuba's golf courses offer the perfect opportunity to get some light exercise while taking in the island's spectacular scenery.

The island's two main courses are well designed, well kept and and regularly host professional level competitions and events. Several companies also organize specialized golf tours to Cuba, catering to both beginners and experienced golfers.

A Historic Round

The Varadero Golf Club was the first 18 hole golf course in Cuba. Its beautiful Xanadu Mansion Clubhouse is the former residence of French-American millionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours, who arrived on the island to retire back in 1927.

The 18-hole, 72-par golf course hosts tournaments every June and October, plus an annual regatta in May. The holes offer golfers a combination of three different designs, including classic layouts with wide, unprotected greens, more target based holes with narrow fairways, sand traps and lakes, plus links designs with holes located along the sandy shoreline, bringing the ocean into the game.

The club also features a player's reception area, a retail outlet and a snack bar, as well as offering golf lessons and club rental services.

Swinging La Habana

Located just 10 minutes from the capital, Havana Golf Club is a 9-hole, 35-par course that caters to both novices and experienced golfers. Its wide fairways suit golfers of all levels, while more experienced golfers will find challenges in the bunkers that surround the greens.

The club offers all the facilities and services you would expect of an international course, including club rental, caddy and cart services, shops, a restaurant and cafeterias serving both Cuban and international cuisine.

Throughout the year, the club hosts international golf competitions with open registrations drawing large numbers of participants wanting to experience Cuba in a unique way. Those not into golfing can check out the tennis courts, bowling tracks, billiard tables or take a dip in the swimming pool.

According to local media reports in Cuba, a significant number of new golf courses are in the pipeline island-wide through joint venture agreements with companies from countries such as the UK, Canada, China and Spain.

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