Played TDS on Monday, and this course two days later. I shot the same score at both (85), but didn't feel like I'd fought a war after the Divi round. The winds at Divi are about 1/10 of what they are at TDS. And that makes a huge difference in terms of playability. While it's only 9 holes compared to TDS' 18, Divi does an outstanding, indeed far superior, job of presenting and maintaining their 9 as opposed to a marginal 18. And it's cheaper. The views at Divi are not as nice as TDS, but the grounds are vastly better maintained. Indeed, there were groundskeepers working on every hole I played, and I played 9 twice. But they all recognized I was there, shut off their mowers, trimmers, etc, for my shot, and one even gave me a useful tip for where to aim on a slightly blind tee shot on #8 (the left bunker).
The greens rolled flat and true, but are very small. And the rough around the greens is very tough. On a windy course, that's going to run up scores. There's also a fair amount of water on the course (4, about 250 out on the right; 5, to the right of the tee, 6 to the left of the tee and requiring a long carry into the wind from the tips, 8 river to the left of the fairway, and 9 basically everywhere). A course map would have been nice, or perhaps a yardage book.
Play was quick as the course was about empty. The restaurant off the 9th is very nice but not set up for golfers playing 18. There's no way to order ahead and no grab and go food. No cart girl, either, though there is a mid course drink station at the intersection of holes 4, 6, and 7. I didn't partake of that, however, as it didn't look like anyone was in there. I also probably could have played 36 holes as there was no obvious starter anywhere near the first tee.
The driving range is a netted in cage with AstroTurf mats. $1 for 25 balls. The cars are gas, and noisy, but fast enough. There are iguanas everywhere, and they seem to relish playing chicken with the cart. There's also an owl. Bring a camera of some sort. The course is enclosed by several roads and condos, so it's a little noisy. It was clearly squeezed into the space, but I'm glad they did. The iced towel at the end of the round is a nice touch.
If I ever return to Aruba, and I hope I will, I will definitely play here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful all-suite resort offers guests over-sized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens perfect for both couples and families. Amenities include 9-hole golf course and clubhouse, 3 freshwater swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports center, 3 restaurants, fitness center, and complimentary transportation to the Alhambra Casino. A wide, white sand beach is just steps across the street. An all inclusive program is available sharing amenities with the neighboring Divi Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Hotel Oranjestad
- Divi Village Hotel And Beach
- Divi Village Resort And Beach
- Divi Village Aruba
- Divi Village Golf And Beach Resort Aruba