Celebrate dad with an all-inclusive golf getaway to Mexico and the Caribbean
Tee off with dad at these all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean — ideal for Father’s Day and beyond. | By Matt Villano | June 8, 2023
Father’s Day is all about dad, and if the father figure in your life is like many dads, they probably love to golf. Celebrate fatherhood in all its forms year-round with a special golf getaway to Mexico or the Caribbean. You’ll be able to enjoy the best of it all: stunning fairways, good eats and fully equipped resorts made for rest and relaxation. Here’s a look at some of the best golf destinations in Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta and La Romana.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Known for its laid-back lifestyle, this idyllic Caribbean island features 10 golf courses in all, making it possible to hit them all during a (well-planned) one-week stay. For an all-encompassing golf getaway, stay at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, where you’ll be able to enjoy the green alongside the offerings at an all-inclusive resort, including a water park, spa, daily entertainment, a private beach and more.
Half Moon Golf Course
Designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, this 18-hole championship course (routed through a former sugarcane estate) features obstacles like trade winds and 26 bunkers.
Hilton Rose Hall’s on-site course, this fairway offers both smooth and challenging terrain and features elevations that highlight the area’s tropical surroundings. Bonus points for the panoramic views that accompany every shot!
Built a century ago, Manchester Club is Jamaica’s oldest golf course and is set on 55 breathtaking acres. The course includes nine greens and 18 tee boxes.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Home to seven courses, Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico’s hottest places to play golf. Some of the world's greatest golf architects have chosen PV as a showcase for their work. After a day on the green, treat dad to some rest and relaxation at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort. Amenities at the all-inclusive resort include two sparkling infinity pools, a full-service spa and 12 restaurants and bars.
Marina Vallarta Club de Golf
Golfers of all levels can enjoy challenging play at this Joe Finger-designed course featuring lagoons and an awe-inspiring natural landscape.
Vista Vallarta Weiskopf
This 18-hole, par-72 course is thought to be one of the most challenging in all of Mexico. Designed by 2023 Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Weiskopf, the course is in the lower part of Vista Vallarta and was built on a stunning landscape that the whole family will enjoy exploring.
Vista Vallarta Nicklaus
This 18-hole, par-72 course was designed by retired professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus, aka "The Golden Bear." Enjoy world-class links as you take in the stunning arroyos and mountain layout.
La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is perhaps most well-known for its natural beauty, but there are plenty of attractions to enjoy here as well. To experience it all, consider a stay at Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Family Resort. Boasting a water park, day spa, casino and diving center, the resort guarantees fun for everyone in your party. And did we mention it’s only a 20-minute drive from some of the country’s best golf courses? Win-win.
Teeth of the Dog
Featuring 11 holes, seven of which hug the craggy coral formations rising out of the Caribbean Sea, this famous course is considered a “bucket list” layout for avid golfers. Designer Pete Dye famously quipped, “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”
Hailed as one of the most underrated golf courses in the Caribbean, this 27-hole course features panoramic views and dramatic cliffside holes that drop 300 feet.
La Estancia Golf & Country Club
One of the most popular courses on the island, this Pete Dye-designed green is known for its layout and knowledgeable caddies. Make sure to ask the latter how to use local wind patterns to your advantage.
All vacations are memorable, but experiencing a golf getaway with dad will make for a stay you’ll cherish forever. So, grab your clubs and get ready to mix tropical vibes with a dose of friendly competition.
Freelance writer and editor Matt Villano has covered Las Vegas for more than 20 years — he has authored and co-authored 13 guidebooks about the city.