Varadero Golf Club
Varadero Golf Club
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Varadero Golf Club is the only 18 hole72 par golf course in Cuba. It has all the facilities, services and equipment associated with the practice of golf. It was opened in 1999. It was designed by architect Les Furber, President of the Canadian company Golf Design Services LTD (GDS), combining three (3) golfing architectures Classic design, Challenging or Target Golf design and Links design. It covers a narrow 3.5 Km strip located between "Los Cactus ", "Tuxpan", "Bella Costa", Melia "Las Americas", "Golf & Suites Resort", "Melia Varadero", "Sol Club Palmeras", and "Sol Club Sirenas" hotels. TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GOLF COURSE - 18 holes; 72 par: 5 par 5 holes and 5 par 3 holes; remaining 8 holes are par 4. - 6 269 linear meters of trajectory between the First Tee or starting point and Green 18. Three golfing architectures have been combined: 1. Classic design, broad roads bordered by trees, wide and scarcely protected greens. 2. Challenging or Target Golf design, modern style with narrow roads and heavily protected greens surrounded by sand traps and lakes. The Varadero Golf Course has several salt water lakes that connect directly with the sea, a feature that makes it almost unique worldwide. 3. Links design, with holes located alongside the sea following the shoreline, introducing the ocean as another obstacle in the game. It allows golf players to combine all the technical elements of the game with the beauty, peacefulness and quiet of the surroundings. Our Golf Club continues expanding its most ambitious golf facilities projects by opening the first golf academy operated by PGA professionals and instructors from the Cuban Golf Federation. Practice areas (300 meters for long games, 2 putting greens, 1 shipping green, 2 bunkers) are structured to allow instruction to be imparted indoors, including the use of accessories, golf clubs and practice balls. The Golf Academy has designed various programs following international sports guidelines, rules and ethics, open to all professionals and students who wish to enjoy this fascinating game amidst breathtaking beaches and our wonderful culture. The Club House of the Varadero Golf Club has a golf players´ reception at the Caddie House, also including a Pro Shop and Snack Bar. We have facilities and experience in organizing international golf tournaments. We have hosted two European Challenge Tour Grand Finals (1999 and 2000). Golfing area 39.7 Ha. Greens 1.5 Ha. Ante-Greens 2.0 Ha. Tees 2.0 Ha. Fairways 23.9 Ha. Rough 10.3 Ha. Indigenous woods 3.3 Ha. Lagoons 13.4 Ha. Internal roads: 3.7 Ha. Parks and other architectural features: 0.9 Ha. Total area: 61.0 Ha.
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Glenn P
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
Nov. 2022
Four of us went down for a week of golf early in November. I'm just a little late in writing my review. Heard about the problem with golf carts before we went but decided to try anyway and glad we did. Arrived and met Eduardo the course starter and he told us our best way to get one of the carts that they had was to plan on teeing off around 11 - 11:30 as there were large groups book early and that is when the carts would start to come back in. This worked well and we were finished 18 around 3 -3:30 pm. Made sure we took lots of water as this was the hottest and most humid part of the day but it didn't stop us from playing and enjoying the golf.
The course needs some work as do the greens but very playable.
The power carts that we had were 8 man, 6 man and maintenance which gave us something to laugh about at the time and talk about when we got home.
Would definitely come back to play golf.
Thanks Eduardo for everything you did to make our games enjoyable.
Written December 8, 2022
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Dan K
Ottawa, Canada10 contributions
Nov. 2022
****Very Important Notice***

Please note that all the golf carts were destroyed in a fire just over a month ago. The golf course is doing everything they can to keep things running. They have borrowed/rented, trolleys, luggage, and maintenance carts from other resorts for golfers to rent (still $33usd per golfer). At this time, they have 68 cart seats, but you might be sitting on the back of a flatbed cart. Some people were aware of this and brought their pull carts as they are now allowing walkers. Most who have walked it said they would never do it again – too hot/humid and long.
As of the last week in November, there were several groups of 20-50 golfers from Canada. This has made it impossible to get on the course for some. You will now see large groups of 6 and 7 golfers playing all at once. The trolleys (10-seater) have a chauffeur and he drives cart path only.
The people at the course are doing everything they can. So please do not take your anger or frustration out on them………it is out of their control. They had asked me to inform people of the situation as they have no means to. If you have booked here, please contact the course to see if they have tee times. It may take months to secure golf carts, so please check a head.
The course is in good shape since they lost their maintenance equipment now and are doing everything manually.
Written December 3, 2022
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JunieJune
York, UK22 contributions
Apr. 2022
Lovely course & very welcoming, helpful staff! We took the package of 6 rounds which we thought was excellent value for money, especially as club hire & buggy rental was included! A few tricky holes but it makes you plot your way around! Especially the 15th & 16th.
Written April 30, 2022
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Russell K
Burlington, Canada156 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
Prior to our trip we were told, by veterans who visit and play Varadero, not to expect the same quality of greens as North American courses. Well they were right, the greens were kinda furry and very slow. You have to hit a firm putt. Apart from that, the scenery was fantastic especially 18 along the beach. We liked it enough to to play a 2nd time a few days later. Unknown to us, you can actually stay at the course in a vintage hotel with a lot of history. Our significant others (there were 3 couples) wanted the beach so we stayed at Paradisus Varadero, an 8 minute cab ride to the course for $20 with tip. The course accommodations also has beach access but we didn’t have time to check it out. We’ll be back.
Written March 27, 2022
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tomco99
Toronto, Ontario531 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
Absolutely smashing day on the course. Haven't played here for seven years (since my dad passed away) and looked forward to showing my brother in law this beautiful course. Price hasn't really changed much for all that is included it is a bargain. Will definitely be back soon.
Written March 22, 2022
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disteve
Mississauga, Canada92 contributions
Feb. 2022
Great reception and service from Eduardo, Victor and Richard. We missed Ernesto and hope as thing pick up he will be there the next time. Working hard to get the course in great shape and we saw improvement over the 2 weeks we were there. Highly recommend!
Written February 25, 2022
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Robert L
3 contributions
Nov. 2021
We stayed at the Melia Las Americas from Nov 21 - 28 (great hotel) (walking distance to course). Played 10 rounds in the 7 days we were there, replays were free after 3 pm. Course was OK, greens are really slow and rough, we switched from blues to whites during the week, just to change it up. On windy days stay with the whites!! Staff was friendly and really helpful. Don't waste your money booking tee times, I paid $61 Canadian to book early tee times, we we got to the course in the mornings, there was a line up on the #1 tee, we never got off at our scheduled/pre paid tee time, it was first come first serve. There were a couple of days where we were offered to go off #10 because the #1 tee was way backed up (10 groups waiting). Also, play in the Friday tournament, Rey puts on a great event, the lunch is well worth the $30.
Written January 4, 2022
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Dan K
Ottawa, Canada10 contributions
Nov. 2021
Just finished 6 rounds from Nov 19-25. Green fees were included with our hotel so just paid for carts

The Skinny:
- Carts $33 usd per rider (they prefer Canadian Credit cards)
-You can store your clubs at the pro shop: one person told me it was free, another said it was a nominal fee.
-Golf balls are expensive: sleeve of Noodles are $12usd - bring your own.
-Maintenance staff are selling used (found) golf balls for $10 cdn a dozen - they will visit you on golf carts throughout the round.
-Course is easy if you are an average iron player. Very wide and designed for quick play
-Garmin GPS watches do not work. One person got an app to work on their phone.
-Greens, very slow (like a country course) and the ball bounces in spots (this is where the review lost a star).
-Sand: course, some small coral rocks and no rakes. I used my foot to loosen the sand and replaced my ball.
-Fairways and rough are average.
-Bar Cart was very regular with only beer and water - they do have a credit card machine.

Conclusion, for a Canadian looking at snow out the window today, it was an awesome, inexpensive golf trip. I prepaid for reserved tee times ($2 usd each), but it was unnecessary. The course was almost empty. Our rounds ranged from 2.5 to 4.0 hours.
Written November 27, 2021
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barraboy6
Oka, Canada1 contribution
Oct. 2021 • Friends
We’ve just returned from a week of golf at Varadero Golf Club and a stay at our favourite hotel Melia Las Americas. As in the past we were treated like royalty and we enjoyed the food, hotel room, staff, beach, special events, special suppers, beach events and of course Golf. We were a bit apprehensive in visiting Cuba during this time because of Covid , but we never ever felt at risk, due to the fact that all guests undergo a rapid Covid test upon arrival, staff adhered to strict Covid protocols (even wearing masks outside, social distancing,etc). Truth be told the Cuban people need us more than ever, as the lockdown has been especially tough on them. I would suggest bringing small gifts such as pain medication, cell phones, clothing and of course tips 💵 for the super service. With the annual golf tournament just weeks away, we were so pleased to see the course in super condition, as you’ll see in the pics. Please feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to answer. One thing for sure, we’ve all been through tough times lately, and a vacation to Melia Las Americas and Varadero Golf Club was what we needed.
Written October 12, 2021
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MirMac2015
Rosemere, Canada23 contributions
Oct. 2021
Without knowing, my husband and I started our one week GOLF vacation at Melia Las Americas on the first day it re-opened, October 2nd 2021 after being closed because of Covid-19.

Sales director, Reynaldo Leon, went out of his way to make sure we were happy with the room and golf.

Cubans take the Covid-19 measures very seriously and wear their mask all the time, everywhere, even outside. All the staff is fully vaccinated and the procedures for Canadians to take a test before returning to Canada are very simple.

If you don’t already know, Cuba has changed currency in the past year or so. The CUC is no longer used and is replaced by the Cuban pesos. But there is no need to change your money for that peso. Price for cart is in US $ like before but they don’t take US cash. you MUST pay by credit card.

We had amazing weather to enjoy five games of golf on the beautiful Varadero Golf. The course is in pristine condition as they are hosting a tournament on October 17. It is just waiting for more players!

DO NOT HESITATE! Cuba is safe for tourists and our friends at Varadero Golf Club are waiting for you!
Written October 11, 2021
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