International golf thats easy to get to


As cooler temperatures begin creeping in, you might be thinking about a golf trip to the Caribbean. Not a bad idea considering you can usually get more bang for your buck if you travel south of the border. The toughest part is getting there.

Beginning November 15, however, it'll be a lot easier to get to one Caribbean destination, Honduras, thanks to the recent announcement of one-stop from flights from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC and Orlando. And if you haven’t heard already, Roatan, Honduras is home to Pristine Bay Resort, one of the truly up-and-coming luxury golf destinations in the Caribbean.

The Pete Dye-designed Black Pearl is Roatan’s first golf course – nine holes will be ready for play in November, and 18 by January. Measuring 7,157 yards from the back tees, Black Pearl features 14 ocean-view holes and a Dye-signature island-green par 3 as it snakes through the island’s foothills.

Targeted at retirees and second-home owners, Pristine Bay has home sites ranging from $230,000 to $700,000; a hotel and spa are in the works.

As America’s most renowned golf course architects continue to leave their mark in the Caribbean, more American golfers are thinking they should too.