Varadero Golf Club, Cuba

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Before the 1959 Revolution the Varadero Golf Course was a private 9 hole course part of the famous Xanadu Mansion owned by the French/American millionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours. Originally, there was the idea of forming a golf club with exclusive membership, but this was never done;  in 1959 this course was the scene of a famous golf game between Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel  Castro.

The course was re-designed to an 18 hole by Canadian architect Les Furber , with 6,856 yards (par 72); stylistically think beachfront links along a gorgeous coastline mixed with tropical parkland and Florida lakes. With a design that meets the highest international standards, offering luxurious surroundings and an entertaining round of golf, both for beginners and experts. Some consider Varadero Golf Club to be among the most well-planned courses of the Caribbean circuit, as it masterfully combines the easy bogey with the difficult par, in addition to other numerous attractions.

These include sand traps, fairways in the shape of islands and inner lakes. And broad and well-protected greens, with slopes that can put to test the skills of even the most experienced player. Although its 6 850 yards ( 6 269 meters) are not short of ideal stretches for the beginner, where it is always possible to regain the lost strikes.

The first 9 holes are considerably easier than the back 9, so beginners should probably stick to a shorter round, while experts should beware that boasting about the easiness of the course could come back to bite them when they reach the halfway point! Some of the holes are located right in front of the sea, increasing the challenge, but also presenting views typical of Caribbean golf which simply take your breath away to calm your frustrations! The course also boasts a driving range, 2 putting greens and a chipping green with bunkers to get practice in.

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