The interesting project of constructing an 18 hole, par 72 golf course - unique in Cuba - started in Varadero in 1994. Situated in one of the most beautiful areas on the Hicacos Peninsula: the old Dupont family luxury residence - known today as the Casa Club - it is surrounded by marvelous landscapes and a beautiful beach.
Canadian designer Less Forbes added his experience and talent to that of Robert Trent Jones during the project’s ten years. Together they redesigned the old Dupont course, making new holes, recuperating space, reclaimed sea areas and sowed high quality grass, to cause a sensation in the famous Cuban resort.
The course is a fusion of three different architectonical styles: spacious fairways bordered by trees and unprotected open greens; narrow fairways with protected greens surrounded by sand traps and small ponds; and holes adjoining the sea which, along with the sea breeze, adds a different obstacle to the game. The course has several saltwater lakes that directly communicate with the sea. These characteristics make the Varadero Golf Club a world class course and one of the few of its type that exist in the world.
The course length is 6,850 yards (6,269 meters) with fairways that extend to the highest point on the Hicacos Peninsula: San Bernandino. In this part of the course players find an unevenness in the grass which requires skilled work with the club.
For those golfers that want to be only a step away from the course, the Casa Club de la Mansion Xanadu offers accommodation in a house of grand elegance and refinery decorated with precious woods and Italian marble. The top-floor Bar Mirador presents typical Cuban cocktails with a spectacular view of the sea.
Alternative lodgment can be found at the Las Americas Melia Hotel which skirts the golf course and offers special services to golfers. It contains two putting greens, a chipping green and a driving range for training. Other services include the rental of clubs and electric golf carts, along with recreational activities such as excursions to several of the attractions in the area.