Best Caribbean Golf Course

Providenciales, 12th January 2024 — The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club is thrilled to announce that it has been named the Best Caribbean Golf Course in the prestigious 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. This remarkable achievement marks the second consecutive year that the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club has secured the top spot in this category, reaffirming its position as the #1 caribbean golf course.

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards are highly regarded within the travel industry, celebrating excellence and recognizing the top destinations and attractions worldwide. The winners are selected through a combination of expert panel evaluations and public votes, making this recognition a true testament to the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club’s exceptional golfing experience.

Dave Douglas, Director of Golf at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, expressed his delight, saying, “We cannot be more pleased with this award. Our dedicated staff has worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that our golf course and its amenities, including our renowned 19 Bar and Restaurant, are in top-notch condition. Our investments have paid off, but the hard work continues. We are determined to defend our title in 2025, and we’ll be working even harder to achieve that goal. Thank you for voting for us, and we look forward to welcoming you to Royal Turks and Caicos in 2024 to showcase this achievement.”

The #1 top ten winners in the Best Caribbean Golf Course are as follows:
1. Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club
2. Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club
3. Robert Trent Jones II at Four Seasons Resort Nevis
4. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo
5. Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall Golf
6. Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course
7. Cedar Valley Golf Course
8. East Course at TPC Dorado Beach
9. The Green Monkey at Sandy Lane
10. Tierra del Sol Golf Course

The 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest commenced on November 28th and concluded after four weeks of vigorous voting. The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club received overwhelming support from its membership, local community, and past golfers, resulting in this unbiased and significant recognition.

Nominees in all award categories are carefully selected by a panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com, as well as relevant expert contributors and sources. The public then participates in digital voting to determine the winners. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website and is promoted across various digital and mobile platforms within the USA TODAY Travel Media Group, as well as through social media and Gannett media outlets.

About Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club:
The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club is a world-class golf destination situated in the heart of Providenciales. Featuring a stunning 18-hole championship golf course and exceptional facilities, including Titleist Rental golf clubs, EZGO GPS enabled golf carts, exceptional practice areas and the renowned 19 Bar and Restaurant. This club offers a truly unforgettable Caribbean golf experience. (Please contact Samantha for any required images).

About USA TODAY:
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2023 Round Up

First of all, a big round of applause to all of you, our fantastic patrons, because without your unwavering support, our teams wouldn’t have had the pleasure of delivering the “exceptional service” we pride ourselves on. We’re truly thankful for your love for golf and for choosing to play with us. Now, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out some of our 2023 highlights!

🏆 We teed off the year by proudly snagging the title of the #1 Golf Course in the Caribbean, courtesy of USAToday’s Top Ten! It was a historic first.

🎙️ The legendary David Feherty joined us as our Ambassador for the 8th consecutive year. Yes, you read that right, 8 years! We must be doing something right to keep his passion for our club alive and kicking.

⛳ We had a record-breaking number of golfers visit us – a whopping 5246 UNIQUE players graced our course last year. Talk about making history on the green!

🌟 We welcomed Ashley Gravett as our first female golf pro, and boy, has she been a game-changer! Ashley has taught tons of new lady golfers who joined her clinic and this momentum is set to continue through 2024.

⛳ And let’s not forget, our International Women’s event held in May of this year was a total sell-out! It was an incredible celebration of women in golf, and we’re thrilled that it resonated with so many golf enthusiasts.

💰 Thanks to our wonderful local community, we raised over $200,000 for local charities this year – an absolutely momentous achievement that warms our hearts.

🍽️ We upgraded our restaurant software, making things smoother than a well-struck golf swing. Keep an eye out for our “beta” phase online Pro-Shop Experience – we’re taking convenience to the next level!

👕 RTCGC™ branded wear has become a reality, and we’re convinced these fantastic new items will soon conquer the world – one stylish golfer at a time! Fun fact …. We have sold over 4300 hats this year.

🌞 We’re on the path to becoming almost carbon neutral, thanks to our solar power installation over the cart barn. Launched in June 2023, it’s now in full swing, and we’re well on our way to being eco-friendly champions!

🛠️ Our Maintenance department made significant strides in our green initiatives with the acquisition of an electric greens mower and a couple of electric carts for our staff.

💧 Over 15,000 bottles have been saved thanks to our convenient filter water stations, contributing to our sustainability efforts.

🍻 Our partnership with Turks Head Brewery to develop our signature “Hole in One” Beer has been nothing short of a hit, adding a refreshing twist to the golfing experience.

⛳ Furthermore, we implemented Golf Genius, a fantastic addition that took our Tournaments and Summer League to the next level. With live scoring, online registration, and more, it injected an extra dose of excitement into our events, making them even more memorable for everyone involved.

2023, you’ve been a hole-in-one year for us, and we can’t wait to see what exciting adventures lie ahead on the fairways in 2024. Cheers to golf, community, and a greener future! 🏌️‍♂️🌍🎉

2023 Ryder Cup

2023 Provo Ryder Cup

A great turnout for this annual competition

The North American team delivered a stellar performance, playing inspired golf to clinch a convincing 27 to 15 victory over the long-dominant International Team.

In the 31st Annual Provo Ryder Cup member event, 56 players engaged in spirited competition, with North American challenging the International Team’s reign that dates back to 2006. Despite weather challenges, the weekend unfolded as a delightful showcase of golf, camaraderie, and all-around enjoyment on the 18th and 19th of November.

As Mike Adamo and Assistant Captain Nik Lashley proudly held the cup high, the North American team reveled in the joy of continuing this Annual tradition.
The golf course itself set the stage for excellence, maintaining superb conditions throughout the weekend. A collective expression of gratitude goes out to Sotheby’s, marking their 11th consecutive year of sponsorship—a testament to their enduring support appreciated by all players, captains, and organizers.

Kids Summer Camps

⛳️ 🎾 🏊🏼‍♀️ Our Summer camps at Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club are now complete.  We had a great turnout of over 50 kids over the 3 different weeks, all learning new skills and making lots of friends in the process.  To register your interest in our Christmas and Easter camps email ashley@rtcgc.com

⛳️ With multiple stations each day golfers were rotated through to test out their skills. We covered all aspects of the game: putting, chipping, full swing and etiquette.

⛳️ Crowd favourites this week for ⛳️ : 🎳, Build Your Own Putting Game, Deserted 🏝️ and Top Golf Chip.

🎾 Tennis had an emphasis on hand eye- ball coordination, key positions, fine motor control and in the space-time location, through fun game.

🏊🏼‍♀️ The swimmers were taught free style, diving, eggbeater, backstroke and freestyle. Flip turns were also introduced and practiced with relay races being a big hit on our final day.

⭐️ It was a fantastic week and all campers did a wonderful job of learning new skills.

🙏 Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Summer Camps!

2023 21st Annual Jadot Cup

The 21st Jadot Cup, held on Sunday, June 4th, at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, was a roaring success! With a fantastic turnout of 100 golfers forming 25 teams, this scramble format event was a day to remember. Not only did it bring out the competitive spirit, but it also raised funds for the Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness foundation.

Drumroll, please! Let’s give a round of applause to the first-place team, consisting of the dynamic duo Ian & Gillian Miller and the powerhouse pair Emer & Tim O’Sullivan. They swung their way to victory with an impressive score of 53.74. Congratulations to these golfing champions for their well-deserved win!

Adding to the excitement of the day, the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club unveiled their brand-new scoring software from Golf Genius. It was a game-changer! This cutting-edge software allowed live scores to be posted throughout the tournament, keeping the teams on their toes.  This new softeware added a new level of energy and engagement to the tournament, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Funds raised will go towards the Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness Foundation.  The mission of the organization is to raise awareness and eliminate stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS through education and community engagement. Efforts are made to create positive lifestyle changes and empower those living with HIV in the Turks & Caicos.  This cause is steadfastly pursued, and ongoing efforts will continue for years to come.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to all the golfers who participated in the 21st Jadot Cup alongside The Wine Cellar and main sponsors Cobrand. Your support and enthusiasm made this event a remarkable success. Together, we made a difference in raising funds for the Aids Awareness foundation and spreading awareness about this important cause.  Together, we made a positive impact and supported a worthy cause. Keep swinging those clubs and spreading joy on the fairways!

Now, let’s take a look at the full results of the tournament:

1ST PLACE TEAM with 53.74
Ian Miller
Gillian Miller
Emer O’Sullivan
Tim O’Sullivan

2ND PLACE TEAM with 54.05
Syed Hassan
Murad Mohamad
Graham Canham
Vaughan Pailsey

3RD PLACE TEAM with 54.49
Mark Fulford
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Justin Simons
Perry Delancy

4TH PLACE TEAM with 55.22
Patrick Slattery
Cole Johnson
Julian Gilpin
Bradley Maidment

5TH PLACE TEAM with 55.59
Jamie McAnally
Sheldon Wilson
Craig Nazareth
Malcolm Campbell

MOST HONEST with 69.71
Giley Williams
Craig James
Julie Boulet
Ollie Stubbs

Closest to the Pin and Long Drive Winners:
• CTP # 4 Blair Mason
• CTP # 8 Craig Nazareth
• CTP # 15 Tim Mack
• CTP # 17 Men Bradley Maidment
• CTP # 17 Ladies Emer O’Sullivan
• L. DRIVE MEN # 18 Aiden Paisley
• L. DRIVE WOMEN #18 Carol Brown

International Women’s Golf Day

International Women’s Golf Day 2023 was a resounding success at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club on June 1. With a total of 60 enthusiastic participants, the event was filled with exciting activities that showcased the spirit of camaraderie and skill-building.

Organized by our lovely Pro Ashley Gravett, the afternoon started off with engaging events such as the team putting challenge, hit the wine bottle, and a 9 x 3 hole scramble. These activities provided a fun and competitive atmosphere for all the participants, allowing them to showcase their golfing abilities while enjoying themselves.

🏆 Congratulations to our Overall Winning Team: Carol Brown, Ririn Suantari Bell and Andrea Todd with an impressive 23.
😊 Most Honest Team was Louise James, Noel Fulton, Jo Gray and Nieve O’Neil.
⭐️ CLOSEST TO THE PIN WINNERS:
⛳️Closest to the Pin #1 Tazmara Gowens
⛳️Closest to the Pin #2 Andrea Todd
⛳️Closest to the Pin #3 Leslie Foss
⛳️Closest to the Pin #4 Carol Brown
⛳️Closest to the Pin #5 Jess Carey`
⛳️Closest to the Pin #6 Chris Pretorius
⛳️Closest to the Pin #7 Emer O’Sullivan
⛳️Closest to the Pin #8 Emer O’Sullivan
⛳️Closest to the Pin #9 Emer O’Sullivan
🍷Closest to Wine Bottle TIE with Samantha Slattery and Anna Parrish
⭐️ Putting Best Score: Carol Brown
⭐️ Runner Up Putting Best Score: Steph Fitzgerald

At 7:15, the event took a delightful turn as Venessa from The Wine Cellar joined us to craft specialty cocktails. As the ladies mingled and socialized, they took advantage of the fantastic opportunity to make new friends.  The combination of golfing and socializing created a truly memorable experience for all involved.

One of the key aims of Women’s Golf Day is to encourage women to explore the various options available to them in their local communities, including local facilities, lessons, leagues, and other ways to get involved in golf.

International Women’s Golf Day 2023 at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club was a true celebration of women’s golf. It brought together a diverse group of participants, who not only had fun but also had the chance to expand their knowledge, form connections, and embrace the world of golf. It is events like these that empower women to take charge of their golfing journey and explore the countless possibilities within the sport.

National Cancer Golf Scramble

The National Cancer Scramble, held on Sunday, May 7, proved to be a tremendous success as 92 golfers gathered on the pristine greens of Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club to raise funds for the Turks and Caicos Cancer Society. The event brought together golf enthusiasts from across the region, combining a passion for the sport with a commitment to fighting cancer. With 23 teams participating and generous sponsorship, over $20,000 was raised, showcasing the power of community support in making a difference.

The tournament featured an impressive display of skill and determination, with each golfer contributing to the cause. The team comprising Graham Canham, Murad Mohamad, Syed Hassan, and Vaughan Paisley emerged as the champions, posting a remarkable net score of 54.88. Their achievement symbolizes both the spirit of competition and the shared goal of supporting those affected by cancer.

Additionally, the National Cancer Scramble was not only a fundraising success but also a fun-filled tournament that kept participants engaged and entertained throughout the day. The event organizers incorporated unique and exciting rules on various holes, adding an element of unpredictability to the competition.  For example the 3rd where participants were limited to using only a single golf club throughout the entire play. It sparked laughter, camaraderie, and friendly banter among the teams as they strategized and made the best of their limited options.

In addition to the competitive aspect, the event highlighted outstanding individual performances. Kurt Rivers stood out with an extraordinary drive, winning the title of the longest drive among the male participants. Michelle Patterson, hit the longest drive among the female participant, and Owen Barkworth displayed exceptional talent, clinching the title of the longest drive among the junior participants.

Beyond the on-course achievements, the success of the National Cancer Scramble can be attributed to the overwhelming support of sponsors who generously contributed to the event. Their support demonstrates a shared commitment to combatting cancer and providing vital resources for the Turks and Caicos Cancer Society.

The funds raised through this event will be instrumental in supporting the Turks and Caicos Cancer Society’s ongoing efforts to improve cancer awareness, provide vital services to those affected by the disease, and contribute to advancements in cancer research. The impact of this generous contribution will be felt throughout the community, ensuring that individuals battling cancer receive the care and support they need.

RESULTS

RESULTS

TEAM

SCORE

1st

Graham Canham, Murad Mohamad, Syed Hassan, Vaughan Paisley

54.88

2nd Net

Keith Burant, Hendriks Joseph, Gareth Butler, Ed Butler

55.88

3rd Net

Andrew Burke, Richard Parker, Robin Tidrick, Richard Williams

56.25

4th Net

Mervin Cod, John Donatien, Aiden Paisley, Cole Johnson

56.38

Closest to pin #4

Quinn Hawkins / Emer O'sullivan

Closest to pin #8

Ken Patterson / no ladies

Closest to pin #17

Robin Tidrick / Collette Coty

TCI GOLF WINS CARIBBEAN CLASSIC

Turks and Caicos Golf Association Wins Caribbean Classic Tournament.

The Turks and Caicos Islands has won the 27th annual Caribbean Classic Golf Tournament, following three days of competition in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic on the 29th of April 2023.

The Caribbean Classic is one of the highlights of Competitive Golf, organized by the Caribbean Golf Association. It allows participation of amateurs from 12 countries, including the Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Guadalupe, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Martinique, St Lucia, and USVI.

“Having led a team of seventy two (72) golfers to Casa de Campo, our homeland, the Turks and Caicos Islands was well represented,” said Turks and Caicos Islands Golf Association Vice President Mark Fulford. “We are proud to carry the flag of Turks and Caicos and win this tournament as we have been competing for years and happy to become this year’s Champion. Special thanks to the golfers who gave of their time, talent and money to be apart of the team this year. We hope we can take a larger team next year. ”

TCI Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes accompanied the TCI Golf Association and National Team to the Caribbean Golf Classic and was overjoyed that the TCI Golf team made a spectacular showing in presence and performance. Forbes said, “golf is a great sport with endless opportunities, and I recommend that young Turks Islanders take up the sport. I would like to commend the players who represented the TCI in their astonishing achievements!”

Head Golf Professional of Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club Mr Sean Wilson stated: “that it was a great win for team Turks and Caicos as they represented the country proudly and brought back the trophies in all three divisions on behalf of the TCIGA! It is a very proud moment in our history of golf in the country.”

Organized by the Caribbean Golf Association and hosted by one of the members of the twelve countries of the CGA, the Caribbean Classic is an individual and team event, competed for, by teams of unlimited number of players from each participating member country, playing eighteen holes each day.

Team Turks and Caicos amassed the most points overall and won the George Noon Cup for the first time in 27 years! Team Turks and Caicos men’s team won the Robert Grell Trophy, and the team Turks and Caicos ladies won the Jodi Munn Barrow Trophy.

Individual winners include Audrey Hardie in 2nd place LF 7 division, Carol Brown in 1st place LF 6 division, Lucy Bullard in 2nd place LF 5 division, Kerry Wessinger in 1st place LF 4 division, Christina Pretorius in 2nd place LF 3 division, Andrea Todd in 2nd place LF 1 division.

Men winners include Justin Simons 3rd place in MP division, Jonathan Kattan 1st place in M6 Flight, Jarrett Forbes in 2nd place M5 flight, Terry Kuula in 3rd place M4 flight and Carl DeFazio in 2nd place M3 flight.

2023 Bob Graham Classic

26th Annual Bob Graham Golf Classic

The Turks & Caicos Islands Golf Association hosted the annual Bob Graham Classic this past Sunday, April 16th, an event that began in 1997 after our fledgling golf association sent a team to the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship which was held in Jamaica that year.  Bob Graham played in the senior division of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship several years in a row and assisted our fundraising with the Bob Graham Classic, a fun social golf event.  In memory of Bob, the TCI Golf Association is happy to continue this event.

This year’s event was hugely successful thanks to our generous sponsors and all those who participated by playing or bidding on the silent auction prizes as we look to enhance our promotion of golf by forming a structured junior development program. More on that program in the coming months.

Enjoy the slideshow video featuring our sponsors and all of the prize winners!

First Net Winners: Bill Koutsouras, Christina Pretorius, Denise Douglas and Kirk Stewart.
Second Net Winners: Aiden Paisley, Cole Johnson, John Donatien and Mervin Cox.
Third Net Winners: Bradley Reeve, Graham Canham, Syed Hassan and Vaughan Paisley.
Fourth Net TIED win in Retro: Ken Patterson, John Landers, Michelle Patterson and Rob Eydenberg.

WOMEN’S GOLF DAY 1ST JUNE 2023

Ladies, are you ready to show off your golf skills and have a blast on the green with other women who share your passion for the game? Then mark your calendars for our upcoming Women’s Golf Day.

This event is the perfect opportunity to get out on the course, meet new friends, and network with fellow female golfers. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, you’ll have a great time playing a round of golf with other women who love the game as much as you do.

Plus, with a variety of skill levels represented, you’ll have the chance to learn from others and improve your game. And let’s not forget about the networking opportunities – you never know who you might meet and where it could lead!

So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to have fun, make new friends, and take your golf skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot at our ladies golf event, happening at The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club on the 1st June.  We can’t wait to see you there!  Call or email us today.

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