Caye Chapel, a private island resort just off the coast of Belize City, boasts an 18-hole championship golf course which has received international acclaim for its quality design and caliber of play. Owner, Larry Addington (who is described as a serious golfer) designed the course and Tee Time International built it. It is also a very exclusive course. Non-guests can play the course by reservation only for $200 per person. The manager explains, “this policy assures a level of privacy not found anywhere within the Caribbean”.
Golfers will find playing this course a rare treat that will test your patience, abilities and perseverance. It’s an 18-hole par-72 course which is flat and long, playing to 7000 yards. The greens are beautifully manicured with palms and views of the Caribbean Sea all around. The course is also quite challenging as well. There is a plethora of water hazards and stout Trade winds to keep it interesting. The course is rated at 74.9 with a slope of 139. It plays just a few yards short of 7,000 from the tips, 6,457 from the white tees and 5,437 from the forward tees. There are four par-5 holes with an average distance of 560 yards from the tips. The hole that everyone remembers is No. 16. It is a 515 yard par-4 that has the Caribbean Sea running all along the left side. There is a seawall along the ocean so there is no forgiveness if your ball goes over the side. It’s gone. The exclusivity of the course insures that the course is never congested as well. Golf at Caye Chapel is championship golf at its finest with no tee-times, round-timing or round limits. It’s just you and your abilities, against an awesome course design and distracting views of the Caribbean Sea. On an interesting note, the grass is a special hybrid called Paspalum, which requires 50% less fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation; an important factor in helping to maintain the delicate marine ecosystem around the island.
This golf course is located on a private island resort, which exudes luxury throughout. The massive clubhouse rivals that of any of the finest golf courses in the world, with golf holes extending to the front and back of it. The villas and casitas have sprawling floor spaces and are elegantly appointed. When you land on their private airstrip , you simply jump into one of the golf carts lined beside the airstrip and drive yourself right up to the clubhouse. If you can tear yourself from the golf course, there are plenty of other activities to fill your day as well, including excellent diving and fishing.
Where to Go
There is only one place to play golf in Belize, and that is Caye Chapel. It is a well manicure course that is also quite challenging. Aside from guests staying on the private island, day trips for a day of golf are available from Ambergris Caye and Belize City.
Caye Chapel: Caye Chapel is a private island resort located just off the coast of Belize City. It features an 18-hole par-72 golf course playing to 7,000 yards. It is essentially the only golf course in the country, with the exception of a few small ranges. The course is well maintained with scenic views of the Caribbean all around. The Trade winds and water hazards make it quite challenging as well.
Ambergris Caye: There are no golf courses on Ambergris Caye; however trips to Caye Chapel are available for a day of golf. Transfers are either on a Water Taxi boat or by air on one of the local airlines (depending on your personal preferences).
Belize City: There are no golf courses on Belize City; however trips to Caye Chapel are available for a day of golf. Even cruise ship passengers can visit the island during their stop in port. Transfers are either on a Water Taxi boat or by air on one of the local airlines (depending on your personal preferences).