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38 | TRAVEL


Bermuda is proudly an independent country today but it remains deeply rooted to English traditions and customs—although, mercifully, Bermuda shorts never really caught on in the Mother Country. Historically tourists have seized on bargains on china,


silver, linens,


sweaters, tweeds and such, including one of the island’s finest creations, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum which, when mixed with their truly excellent Stormy Ginger Beer, produces one of the world’s most celebrated elixirs, a “Dark ‘n’ Stormy.” It can give a Mount Gay and tonic two a side and still come out well ahead. Bermuda has a wealth of courses to choose from. The best of the bunch is Charles Blair Macdonald’s masterpiece, The Mid Ocean Club, which is very private but worth any amount of groveling to get a starting time. It has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, as has the Port Royal Golf Club, which is also very good.


THE BEST OF THE REST…


Other Caribbean courses worth considering include Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas Island and Carambola on St. Croix Island, both in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Tierra del Sol Golf Course on Aruba, a very beautiful Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design.


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The 18-hole, par-70 Tucker’s Point Golf Course offers another premier golf experience in Bermuda.


If you are a Francophile, plan a visit to The Golf de St-François on Guadeloupe, a Robert Trent Jones design (the man did get around, didn’t he?). The French left their considerable influence on this beautiful island and is reflected in the local dining, which is a delightful blend of French and native cuisines, all complimented by plentiful French wines. Then head for the Martinique Golf & Country Club in Trois-Ilets, home to the Empress Josephine Golf Course, also designed by Jones. The natural landscape has an ideal topography of rainforest with lush vegetation for a challenging 18 holes of golf as well as enjoyable tropical scenery. Barbados is a bit of a longer trek from the


United States but it is well worth it. Sandy Lane has long been considered one of the world’s premier resorts. It has three courses and hosted the World Cup in 2006. Finally, there is the spectacular Four Seasons Nevis Resort in the West Indies. It was carved out of a coconut plantation and tropical rainforest


in the 1980s, and its undulating beauty is stunning.


So there you have it, a brief look at some of the treasures of the Caribbean. If the place was good enough for empires and pirates, what are you waiting for? n


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