On my recent trip to Guyana, I had the pleasure of playing the only golf course in the country — Lusignan Golf Club. It’s located about 20 minutes east of Georgetown (the capital city) in the small village of Lusignan. I only had 2 days to spend in Guyana, and when I found out about there being a golf course in the neighborhood, I had to give it a shot!
So I took a cab by myself to the course on a random Wednesday. I showed up, and nobody was there — not even in the clubhouse! After walking about for 5 minutes, someone finally came out of the shed and asked if I wanted to play a round of golf. It was the “head pro” there, the only head pro in Guyana, and he offered me his clubs to play 18 holes. I agreed.
His little brother was there as well, and joined me on the course as my caddie, but he also played alongside me. He was really good and kicked my butt, but nonetheless, the round was a lot of fun!
The course is not the nicest course I’ve ever played, nor the hardest, but it sure was a lot of fun and a great experience to play with my caddie. We were the only two people on the course the entire day.
Lots of thick grass, ditches, and small ponds that will cause you havoc if you hit a ball nearby. You also have to watch out for anacondas, which apparently live in and around the course!
The course is actually a 9 hole course, but they make it 18 by changing up the distances (different tee boxes) and pin locations on the greens. It actually felt like playing 18 holes beacuse even though I played each hole twice, I always had a new perspective. Overall, the course is pretty flat and there is not much O.B., so it wasn’t too challenging to score low.
The best part of my day was at the turn, when my caddie ran home to make me some local food (dhal curry) and brought it back to the course with me to try. It was so good!
I had a great day playing at Lusignan Golf Course, and I was even invited to go back for the annual Guyana Open, so perhaps I’ll give it a shot in the future!