Golf in Barbados: A Guide for Competitive Enthusiasts


For enthusiasts keen to test their skills against other players, golf holidays in Barbados offer the ideal chance to take part in some truly exciting competitions. As the island is a hotspot for amateur golfers, you’ll find the leading clubs hold a variety of tournaments throughout the year. What’s more, besides great golf, there’s balmy weather all year round and a fabulous island to explore between games. Here we take a closer look at the competitive golfing opportunities Barbados has to offer. 

Barbados’ competitive amateur golf scene

For golfers who like to take part in competitions, the island’s premier golf clubs host a range of tournaments throughout the year, with the November to May dry season being the prime time for these events. The major amateur tournaments are all organised by the Barbados Golf Association (BGA) while smaller events are put on by individual clubs. 

For those at the top of their game, the Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Championship is the island’s major amateur golf tournament. Typically held in April, this prestigious 72-hole stroke play competition attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world and is hosted by leading clubs like Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane. The other leading tournaments that draw an international field are the BGA Barbados Open and the BGA Barbados Classic. These are usually held in August and November at courses like the Barbados Golf Club and Royal Westmoreland. 

Besides these top-drawer events, there are numerous other competitions held at the island’s main clubs. These include open events and exclusive members’ competitions. These can range from full tournaments to two-ball, better ball and shootout competitions. There are also a range of charity golf events which offer the chance to compete and help out a good cause at the same time. 

Where the action happens 

Barbados has several top-tier golf courses that play host to various competitions throughout the year. The Royal Westmoreland Golf Club, with its challenging, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed layout and tricky par-3s, features breathtaking views of the Caribbean coastline and well-manicured fairways and greens that set the ideal stage for enjoyable and competitive tournaments. Sandy Lane Country Club has three immaculate courses, including the exclusive Green Monkey, designed by Tom Fazio. The Apes Hill Club, the highest on the island, offers panoramic views that can distract even the most focused golfer and the government-owned Barbados Golf Club provides a welcoming atmosphere for golfers of all levels. 

Besides hosting competitive events, each of these clubs boasts excellent amenities, including pro shops stocked with the latest gear, driving ranges,  practice greens and buggy hire. Some also have exceptional dining facilities, like Royal Westmoreland’s Club House. For those looking to improve their game before they compete, these clubs also offer professional coaching from PGA-certified instructors. 

How to take part 

If you want to take part in a golf competition or tournament in Barbados, the first step is to keep an eye on the Barbados Golf Association website, as well as the sites of individual clubs. Here you’ll find details of any competitive events taking place, including dates and registration details. Early registration is recommended, as popular events tend to fill up quickly. It’s also important to check the entry requirements, such as handicap limits and membership criteria to ensure you are eligible to enter. Contacting the event organisers directly is always a good idea, as they can provide valuable information on logistics and any specific tournament rules.

For competitors travelling from abroad, it’s advisable to book accommodation in advance, so that you know you have somewhere to stay. Thankfully, golf clubs like Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane are located in resorts, so it is sometimes possible to book packages that include tournament entry. It also makes it more convenient when you are staying on the same site. 

The best times to visit

While there is good weather all year round in Barbados, the best times to visit to play golf are during the November to May dry season. Many of the island’s major golf tournaments take place during these months to take advantage of the drier weather, including the Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Championship and The Barbados Open. However, for anyone wanting quieter fairways and off-peak rates, June to October can still offer excellent golf, though with a slightly increased chance of the occasional shower. 

If you are competing, it is always a good idea to arrive a few days before the tournament takes place. This will allow you to get used to the tropical climate and perhaps play a few practice rounds on the tournament course. That way, you can get to know the island’s unique playing conditions, such as its sea breezes and tropical heat, as well as the layout and conditions of the course. 


For golf enthusiasts who like to take part in competitions, the island is an ideal destination. With four major Barbados golf clubs, world-class amenities, and a wide range of tournaments to compete in, it has everything you need for exceptional golf and exciting contests. What’s more, with great weather, luxury accommodation and a fantastic island to discover, it’s a visit that will last long in your memory.