After the endless days of dreary weather, cloudy skies, and the chill of winter, a golf vacation on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands may be the ideal answer for beating the blues and reinvigorating the soul -- and you don't even need a passport to get there. On St. Thomas, you can golf among some of the most spectacular scenery found on the planet by teeing off at world-class Mahogany Run Golf Course.
Home of the infamous "trio of treachery" known as the Devil's Triangle, the course is situated in a mountainous area along the Atlantic coastline, rich in tropical foliage featuring magnificent views of dazzling turquoise waters, along with dramatic elevation changes and occasionally challenging ghost-like winds.
The so-called "Devil's wind" can send a ball that is hit just slightly off into the surf below, where brilliantly colored parrot fish, tiny neon fish, and even sea turtles swim through the crystal clear, warm waters of the Caribbean. After your game, snorkeling among them is a must.
The course has been a destination for a number of celebrities, including Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, and John Travolta. It also caters to many devoted local clientele, as well as cruise ship passengers and a host of other travelers seeking an ideal tropical destination.
Other Activities on St. Thomas
Golfing and snorkeling are not the only activities you'll find on the island. The list of potential adventures is almost endless, including deep-sea fishing for blue marlin, yellow-fin tuna, swordfish, sailfish, and even mahi-mahi. Sailing, surfing, horseback riding, hiking nature trails, and incredible stargazing opportunities are only a few of the possibilities you can enjoy on St. Thomas.
St. Thomas also offers plenty of exciting nightlife options, from high-end elegant dining at water's edge to bars featuring live music, dancing, and fun games and contests. Whether you're looking for an intimate, romantic setting or a wild party at a hot spot for meeting singles, you'll find something to suit the tastes of most everyone.
Where to Stay
Magens Point Resort is a beautiful, secluded resort built into the lush, tropical hillside and just a two-minute jaunt from the golf course overlooking world-renowned Magens Bay Beach. This is an ideal spot for a tranquil getaway, far enough from the busy town of Charlotte Amalie, yet close enough to easily enjoy the nightlife and shopping opportunities found there, as well.
Rental cars are available, but with taxis abundant and reliable, this is often the best transportation option, especially for late-night partying.
For an authentic local experience, hop on a safari -- an open-air converted truck bed with benches. They don't run at night, but during the day, the safaris travel the main roads; all you need to do is stick out your arm when you see it approaching. Most trips are just $2 per person.