Cuba Golf Tournament, a tempting invitation
By Mercy Ramos, Photos: Courtesy of Palmares
Whenever “Cuba Golf Grand Tournament” is mentioned, golfers’ brains “light up”, not only because of the opportunity it provides golf enthusiasts to become part of such a prestigious event but because of the possibility of enjoying the wonders of Varadero, the second best beach in the world according to Trip Advisor.
The tournament’s 11th edition will take place from October 23rd - 26th and registration runs until September 23rd. Qualified participants include: professional and amateur players, 18 years or older, with certified 24 handicap, or lower for men, and 30 for women.
According to the rules of the competition, a practice round and two competition rounds will take place when contending for any of the three prizes awarded per category. The organizing committee’s decision will be final.
The tournament requires all players to wear long pants or bermuda shorts and polo shirts.
Participants have the right to a practice round, practice balls, two 18 hole competition rounds, shared golf carts, storage for golf clubs, welcome cocktail drink, food and beverages during the competition, gala dinner and award ceremony, as well as access to other activities.
Following last year’s record participation —144 players from 54 countries such as Canada, United States, Spain, Switzerland, and the host country —, the tournament is expected to attract a large number of participants that will be arriving to Cuba in a clear display of both the prestige and the acceptance Cuba’s Golf Tournament has earned among golfers that year after year turn Varadero into a singular spot for golf in the western hemisphere.
Varadero Golf Club Located on the beach sharing the same name, the Varadero Golf Club is the only facility of its kind in the country. Designed by architect Les Furber, President of Canadian company Golf Design Services Ltd (GDS), the golf course covers a narrow 3,5km strip surrounded by hotels such as Meliá Las Americas, Golf & Suits Resort, Breezes SuperClubs, Tuxpan, Bella Costa, Meliá Varadero and Sol Palmeras.
Besides its golf course, it hosts a club house built by French descendant and American multimillionaire Irénée Dupont de Nemours in the 1930’s.