When it comes to planning a Caribbean vacation, going golfing isn’t a determining factor. Although if it was for the vacationing golfer, the options thin out dramatically. Can one even go golfing in Belize? Sure, there’s a fabulous mini-golf course onsite Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas at Inky’s and even disc golf at Cerros Sands. Odds are, you’re not vacationing in Belize just to go golfing, but there is an option if you’re looking to golf while here: the only public golf course on the mainland. Just outside the capital City of Belmopan in Roaring Creek, travelers can get their golfing fix in Belize with the Roaring River Golf Course.
Fore: A Golf Course Just Outside The Capital
Being so central, travelers can arrive in time to play golf the same afternoon of landing at the international airport or play a final morning round before heading off to PGIA for a late afternoon flight. Roaring River Golf Course is a Par 64 executive style course; that means it’s an executive golf course—a playing option growing in popularity—the same as a regular course, only a bit shorter.
For those of us that don’t have the option (or desire) to spend the amount of time needed for a round of golf on a traditional layout, Roaring River Golf Course is perfect for introductory golf! In fact, the club hosts new golfers every weekend for free (reservations are required). A short drive from the highway on a dirt road maybe two to three miles to the entrance, chipping greens spread out for a total of nine holes. The double tees measure a total of 3,892 yards, with a slope rating of 116 on tight fairways to each tee box. Guests can of course walk, but golf carts are available for rent.
Onsite, Roaring River extends its hospitality with 8 casitas available for overnight accommodations and a restaurant; each chalet booking includes free breakfast, free high-speed internet, and free green fees. Visitors and non-members are welcomed, with gear rental also available.
Drop by Roaring River Golf Course spontaneously for a round or two plus a bite to eat; then, head into the City of Belmopan for a coffee fix and its urban green spaces like Guanacaste National Park, and tick golfing off from your Belize bucket list!