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Go flag hunting in paradise during tournaments at Melia Las Americas

Your reporter hangs out in the buffet with a staff member during a recent golf visit to Melia Las Americas.
Your reporter hangs out in the buffet with a staff member during a recent golf visit to Melia Las Americas.Mae-Ling Patey

Golfers from around the world teed it up from May 7-10 in the Melia Golf Cup Americas to help the Melia Las Americas resort in Varadero, Cuba, celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Reynaldo Leon Diaz, centre, hosts tournaments for Melia Las Americas at Varadero Golf Club.
Reynaldo Leon Diaz, centre, hosts tournaments for Melia Las Americas at Varadero Golf Club.courtesy: Melia Las Americas

There were 65 players and guests from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Italy, Vietnam, Poland, United Kingdom, France and Dominican Republic enjoying themselves on the course and throughout the resort.

The tournament featured 45 golfers playing in the categories of a women’s division, men’s 0-15 handicap division and men’s 16-26 handicap.

Prizes were awarded at a post-tournament dinner party on the beach during a spectacular sunset to winners posting the best net and gross scores in each category, as well as for various individual contests such as closest to the hole, straightest drive, longest drive and beat the pro.

Next up tournament-wise at Melia Las Americas and the Varadero Golf Club will be the Melia Cuba Golf Cup in October.

The Melia Cuba Golf Cup welcomes golfers aged 18 years and over who have an official handicap certification to compete in accordance with the rules of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and local regulations relating to stroke play. If a player does not present a handicap endorsed by their federation, the Callaway Scoring System shall apply.

The tournament includes a practice round and two days of competition. The prize for the two best net and gross scores in each category (men and women) will be a free week’s stay for two people in an all-inclusive Melia Cuba hotel. The runners-up receive trophies and golf accessories.

Meanwhile, players vacationing at the resort throughout the year are always invited by to enter the manager’s Thursday afternoon tournament.

Hosted by Reynaldo Leon Diaz, the adult-only resort’s sales manager, the weekly event is open to men and women and includes the opportunity to win prizes.

Varadero Golf Club is a links design that covers a narrow 3.5 km strip of property on the Hicacos Peninsula. The sole 18-hole track in Cuba plays to par 72 and is 6,856 yards from the back tees.

Melia Las Americas features 250 rooms, 18 suites, 90 bungalows, six restaurants and bars and four swimming pools.

For more details, contact Diaz by e-mail at jefe.ventas.mla@meliacuba.com or call (53) 45 667600 ext. 6117.