Source: Golfweek

Welcome to Golfweek’s annual Best. Each spring, we publish the three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Classic CoursesGolfweek’s Best Modern CoursesGolfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play and our Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses (below).

The 850-plus members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course.

Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Then each course is ranked against other courses in its category to produce the final rankings.

Each course is listed here with its 2019 ranking, location, architect(s), year opened and the average ranking from all the Golfweek Raters who reviewed it.

Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses


RankCourseLocationArchitect(s) Year opened Avg. rating
1Cap Cana (Punta Espada)Cap Cana, D.R.Jack Nicklaus20087.69
2Dunes Course at DiamanteCabo San Lucas, MexicoDavis Love III20097.67
3Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)La Romana, D.R.Pete Dye19707.58
4Sandy Lane (Green Monkey)St. James, BarbadosTom Fazio20047.55
5Four Seasons Golf Club – Punta Mita (Bahia)Punta Mita, Mexico,Jack Nicklaus2008 7.46
6Apes Hill ClubSt. James, BarbadosChris Cole, Jeff Potts20097.39
7Mid Ocean ClubTucker’s Town, BermudaCharles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor19237.26
8Chileno BayCabo San Lucas, MexicoTom Fazio20157.25
9QuerenciaSan Jose del Cabo, MexicoTom Fazio20007.23
10CoralesPunta Cana, D.R.Tom Fazio20087.13
11Royal WestmorelandSt. James, BarbadosRobert Trent Jones Jr.1994 7.12
12Playa GrandeRio San Juan, D.R.Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Rees Jones19957.11
13Cabo del Sol (Ocean)Cabo San Lucas, MexicoJack Nicklaus19947.05
14Four Seasons Punta Mita (Pacifico)Punta Mita, MexicoJack Nicklaus19997.04
15Baker’s Bay ClubGreat Guana Cay, BahamasTom Fazio20107.03
16Vista Vallarta (Nicklaus)Vista Vallarta, MexicoJack Nicklaus20016.71
17The Nicklaus Course at Vidanta PuertoPenasco, MexicoJack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II20096.64
18Abaco Club on Winding BayAbaco, BahamasDonald Steel20066.64
19El Dorado Golf & Beach ClubSan Jose del Cabo, MexicoJack Nicklaus19996.63
20Mayakoba (El Camaleon)Maya Riviera, MexicoGreg Norman20066.60
21AlbanyNew Providence, BahamasErnie Els20106.55
22QuiviraCabo San Lucas, MexicoJack Nicklaus20156.51
23Royal IsabelaIsabela, P.R.David Pfaff20116.44
24Palmas del Mar (Flamboyan)Humacao, P.R.Rees Jones19986.40
25Port RoyalSouthampton, BermudaRobert Trent Jones Sr.19706.39
26El Cardonal at DiamanteCabo San Lucas, MexicoTiger Woods20156.38
27Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)La Romana, D.R.Pete Dye20086.37
28Vista Vallarta (Weiskopf)Vista Vallarta, MexicoTom Weiskopf20016.35
29Royal BlueNassau, BermudaJack Nicklaus20156.33
30Reserva ConchalGuanacaste, Costa RicaRobert Trent Jones Jr.19966.27
31White WitchSt. James, JamaicaRobert von Hagge20006.27
32Ocean Course at Peninsula PapagayoGuanacaste, Costa RicaArnold Palmer20046.27
33Iberostar Playa ParaisoMaya Riviera, MexicoP.B. Dye20026.19
34Tryall Golf & Beach ClubMontego Bay, JamaicaRalph Plummer19586.17
35Puerto Los Cabos (Norman & Nicklaus)San Jose del Cabo, MexicoJack Nicklaus and Greg Norman20086.13
36Iberostar BavaroBavaro, D.R.P.B. Dye20096.12
37CuisinArt GCRendezvous Bay, AnguillaGreg Norman20086.11
38TPC Dorado Beach (East)Dorado Beach, P.R.Robert Trent Jones Sr.19616.10
39Royal St. KittsBasseterre, St Kitts & NevisThomas McBroom20046.05
40Ocean ClubParadise Island, BahamasTom Weiskopf20006.04
41Palmas del Mar (Palm)Humacao, P.R.Gary Player19746.03
42Cabo del Sol (Desert)Cabo San Lucas, MexicoTom Weiskopf19986.01
43Lyford Cay ClubNew Providence, BahamasRees Jones and Dick Wilson19586.00
44Casa de Campo (La Romana)La Romana, D.R.Pete Dye19855.98
45Bahia Beach Resort & GCSan Juan, Puerto RicoRobert Trent Jones Jr.20075.96
46Sandy Lane (The Country Club)St. James, BarbadosTom Fazio20045.95
47Coco Beach Golf Resort (Championship)Rio Grande, Puerto RicoTom Kite20075.92
48Puntacana Resort – La Cana (Hacienda/Arrecife)Punta Cana, D.R.P.B. Dye20015.91
49Cabo RealCabo San Lucas, MexicoRobert Trent Jones Jr.19945.89
50Hacienda Pinilla G&CCGuanacaste, Costa RicaMike Young20045.87