Golfweek's Best courses 2022: Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic islands and Central America

Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog (Gabe Gudgel/Golfweek)

Welcome to the Golfweek’s Best 2022 list of top golf courses in Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic islands and Central America.

The hundreds of 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 to produce a final, cumulative rating. Then each course is ranked against other courses in the region.

This list focuses on the golf courses themselves, not the resorts as a whole or other amenities. Each golf course included is listed with its average rating from 1 to 10, its location, architect(s) and the year it opened.

Other Golfweek’s Best lists include:

Nos. 1-10

Cap Cana’s Punta Espada in the Dominican Republic (Courtesy of Cap Cana/Evan Schiller)

1. Cap Cana (Punta Espada) 7.74
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jack Nicklaus (2006)

2. Diamante (Dunes Course) 7.64
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Davis Love III (2009) 

3. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) 7.52
La Romana, Dominican Republic; Pete Dye (1971)

4. Apes Hill Club 7.38
St. James, Barbados; Chris Cole, Jeff Potts (2009)

5. Punta Mita Golf Club (Pacifico) 7.28
Nayarit, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (1999)

6. Mid Ocean Club 7.25
Tucker’s Town, Bermuda; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor (1921)

7. Sandy Lane (Green Monkey) 7.19
St. James, Barbados; Tom Fazio (2004)

8. Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales) 7.14
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Tom Fazio (2010)

9. Punta Mita Golf Club (Bahia) 7.07
Nayarit, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (2009)

10. Royal Westmoreland 7.04
St. James, Barbados; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1994)

Nos. 11-20

Baha Mar Royal Blue

Baha Mar’s Royal Blue in Nassau, the Bahamas (Courtesy of Baha Mar)

11. Cabo del Sol (Cove Club, formally The Ocean) 7.01
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (1994)

12. TPC Danzante Bay 6.94
Loreto, Mexico; Rees Jones (2018)

T13. Chileno Bay 6.91
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Tom Fazio (2015)

T13. Querencia 6.91
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Tom Fazio (2000)

15. Vidanta Puerto Penasco (Nicklaus) 6.88
Puerto Penasco, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus, Jack Nicklaus Jr. (2006)

16. Rancho San Lucas 6.75
Rancho San Lucas, Mexico; Greg Norman (2020)

17. Baha Mar (Royal Blue) 6.72
Nassau, Bahamas; Jack Nicklaus (2017)

18. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club 6.69
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (1999)

19. Abaco Club on Winding Bay 6.64
Abaco, Bahamas; Donald Steel, Tom Mackenzie (2004)

20. Twin Dolphin 6.63
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Fred Couples, Todd Eckenrode (2018)

Nos. 21-30

Peninsula Papagayo’s Ocean Course in Costa Rica (Courtesy of Murphy O’Brien)

21. Mayakoba (El Camaleon) 6.61
Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Greg Norman (2004)

22. Vista Vallarta (Nicklaus) 6.57
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (2001)

23. Casa de Campo (Dye Fore) 6.47
La Romana, Dominican Republic; Pete Dye (2002)

24. Albany 6.40
New Providence, Bahamas; Ernie Els (2010)

25. Peninsula Papagayo (Ocean) 6.39
Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Arnold Palmer (2004)

26. Port Royal 6.37
Southampton, Bermuda; Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1970)

27. Rose Hall (White Witch) 6.35
St. James, Jamaica; Robert von Hagge, Rick Baril (2000)

28. Vista Vallarta (Weiskopf) 6.33
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Tom Weiskopf (2001)

29. TPC Dorado Beach (East) 6.31
Dorado, Puerto Rico; Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1958)

30. Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal (Reserva Conchal) 6.29
Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1996)

Nos. 31-40

Quivira in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Courtesy of Quivira)

T31. Aurora Anguilla (formerly CuisinArt) 6.26
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; Greg Norman (2006)

T31. Tryall Golf & Beach Club 6.26
Montego Bay, Jamaica; Ralph Plummer (1958)

T33. Diamante Cabo San Lucas (El Cardonal) 6.25
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Tiger Woods (2014) 

T33. Quivira 6.25
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (2014)

35. Iberostar Playa Paraiso 6.24
Playa del Carmen, Mexico; P.B. Dye (2005)

36. Puerto Los Cabos (Norman & Nicklaus) 6.23
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman (2007)

37. Ocean Club 6.18
Paradise Island, Bahamas; Tom Weiskopf (2001)

38. Bahia Beach Resort & GC 6.17
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (2008)

39. Palmas Athletic Club (Flamboyan) 6.14
Humacao, Puerto Rico; Rees Jones (1998)

40. Costa Palmas 6.11
La Ribera, Mexico; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (2019)

Nos. 41-50

Royal St. Kitts GC

Royal St. Kitts in St. Kitts and Nevis (Courtesy of Royal St. Kitts)

41. Cabo del Sol (Desert) 6.09
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Tom Weiskopf (2001)

T42. Casa de Campo (La Romana) 6.06
La Romana, Dominican Republic; Pete Dye (1990)

T42. Royal Isabela 6.06
Isabela, Puerto Rico; David Pfaff (2011)

44. Sandy Lane (The Country Club) 6.05
St. James, Barbados; Tom Fazio (2002)

45. Royal St. Kitts 6.04
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Thomas McBroom (2004)

46. Puntacana Resort (La Cana: Hacienda/Arrecife) 5.96
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; P.B. Dye (2001)

47. Cabo Real 5.93
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1993)

T48. CostaBaja Resort & Spa (El Cortes) 5.92
La Paz, Mexico; Gary Player (2010)

T48. Lyford Cay Club 5.92
New Providence, Bahamas; Dick Wilson, Rees Jones (1959)

50. Four Seasons Resort Nevis 5.88
Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis; Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1991)

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