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Look ahead: Melia Cuba Golf Cup slated for Oct. 22-25 at Varadero Golf Club

No. 1 at Varadero Golf Club.
No. 1 at Varadero Golf Club.
Ron Patey

The sixth annual 2014 Melia Cuba Golf Cup tournament at Varadero Golf Club is a lock to be a wonderful way for Ottawa-area players to cap off the season.

No. 6 at Varadero Golf Club.
Ron Patey

“The Melia Cuba Golf Cup goes from Oct. 22-25,” said Reynaldo Leon Diaz, sales manager for Melia Las Americas, one of the resorts that host the event. “The tournament combines friendly competition with the opportunity to meet other golfers of the same abilities from around the world.

“We put together players of equal playing skill. Our event includes a welcome cocktail during an information session on Oct. 22, a full awards dinner after the competition and plenty of prizes.”

The Melia Cuba Golf Cup invites 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.

The entry fee is $150 convertible Cuban pesos.

Melia Las Americas is a five-star all-inclusive adults-only resort.

The fee includes rounds played before, during and after the tournament, power cart and snacks for the two rounds of competition (power cart not included for practice round), a welcome pack including a golf cap and T-shirt and the awards dinner.

The divisions for the event are men with handicaps of scratch to 14 and 15 to 26. For the women, the divisions are from scratch to 14 and 15 to 36.


  • Foursomes compete in stroke-play. There are two mandatory competition rounds and one optional practice round.
  • In case a player doesn’t have a certified handicap, the Callaway system will apply.
  • Blue tees - Gentlemen in first category
  • White tees - Gentlemen in second category and seniors in first category
  • Red tees - Ladies

In case of ties the following happens:

  • Net Score - Player with the lowest handicap wins
  • Gross Score - Player with highest handicap wins


  • Best Net Score Gentlemen (0-14 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • Best Net Score Gentlemen (15-26 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • Best Net Score Ladies (0-14 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • Best Net Score Ladies (15-36 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • Best Gross Score Gentlemen (0-26 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • Best Gross Score Ladies (0-36 handicap) receives free stay for two in a Melia Cuba Hotel.
  • The second best net score by category and second best gross score win those players golf items and other prizes provided by the sponsors.


  • Closest to the pin
  • Longest drive men
  • Longest drive women
  • Straightest drive
  • Long Drive championship


Oct. 22

7 p.m., Welcome cocktail and explanation of tournament rules

Oct. 23

6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. - Driving range practice

8 a.m. - Practice round

3 p.m. – Longest drive Championship

Oct. 24

6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. - Driving range practice

7 a.m. - First round begins

Oct. 25

6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. - Driving range practice

7 a.m. - Second round begins

7:30 p.m. - Awards dinner

Accommodation suggestions:

  • Las Américas Resort Hotels (shuttle service): Meliá Las Américas (Adults Only), Meliá Varadero and Sol Palmeras
  • Paradisus Varadero
  • Paradisus Princesa del Mar (Adults Only)
  • Meliá Las Antillas (Adults Only)
  • Meliá Península Varadero
  • Meliá Marina Varadero
  • Sol Sirenas Coral

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.

For more details, contact Diaz by e-mail at or call (53 45) 66 7600 ext. 6117.

Ottawa Golf Examiner Course Directory

(The Ottawa Golf Examiner has reported on these facilities.)

Anderson Links Golf and Country Club

4175 Anderson Rd.; Ottawa


Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort

981 Barryvale Rd; Calabogie, ON


Canadian Golf and Country Club

7800 Golf Club Way; Ashton, ON

613.253.3290 ex. 228,

Capital Golf Centre

3798 Bank St.; Ottawa


Casselview Golf and Country Club

844 Aurele Rd.; Casselman, ON (Hwy. 417 Exit 66)


Cloverdale Links Golf Course

R.R. No. 1; Winchester, ON (Hwy. 31 Bank Street)


Chateau Montebello Golf Club

392 Notre Dame; Montebello, QC


Dragonfly Golf Links

955 Opeongo Rd.; Renfrew, ON


Emerald Links Golf and Country Club

6357 Emerald Links Dr.; Greely, ON


eQuinelle Golf Club

R.R. No. 4-140 eQuinelle Dr.; Kemptville, ON


Falcon Ridge Golf Club

4740 High Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.822.6742, steve@falconridgegolf.cca

Gatineau Golf Club

160 rue du Golf; Gatineau (Aylmer), QC


Glen Lawrence Golf Club

2022 Hwy. 2 East; Kingston, ON


Glen Mar Golf and Country Club

7967 Fernbank Rd.; Ashton, ON


Greensmere Golf and Country Club

1717 Bear Hill Rd.; Carp, ON


Hylands Golf Club

2101 Alert Rd.; Ottawa, ON


Innes Road Golfland

3490 Innes Rd.; Ottawa, ON


Loch March Golf and Country Club

1755 Old Carp Rd.; Kanata, ON


Metcalfe Golf Club

1956 8th Line Rd.; Metcalfe, ON


Mont Cascades Golf Club

915 chemin Mont-Cascades; Cantley, QC


Mountain Creek Golf Course

311 Mountain View Rd.; Arnprior, ON


Pine View Golf Course

1471 Blair Rd.; Ottawa, ON


Nation Golf Club

731 County Rd. 19; Curran, ON


Outaouais golf Club

301 montee Outaouais; Rockland, ON


Prescott Golf Club

900 Boundary St.; Prescott, ON


Renfrew Golf Club

1108 Golf Course Rd.; Renfrew, ON

613.432.2485, 1.888.805.3739

Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course

418 Thousand Islands Pky.; R.R. No. 1 Lansdowne, ON


Sunnidell Golf

1945 Sharpe’s Lane; Brockville, ON


The Marshes Golf Club

320 Terry Fox Dr.; Kanata, ON


Upper Canada Golf Course

13745 County Rd. 2; Morrisburg, ON


White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre

1705 St. Joseph Blvd.; Orleans, ON


Whitetail Golf Club

7113 Hwy. 60; Eganville, ON



Varadero Golf Club

Autopista Sur; Varadero, Cuba

+53 (45) 668482,

Nova Scotia

Cabot Links

15933 Central Ave.; Inverness, NS


Highlands Links

247 Keltic Out Rd.; Ingonish Beach, NS


Le Portage Golf Club

15580 Cabot Trail Rd.; Cheticamp, NS


The Lakes Golf Club

5101 Hwy. 4; Ben Eoin, NS


Mont-Tremblant, QC

La Belle Golf Course

100 chemin Champagne; Mont-Tremblant, QC


La Bete Golf Course

1760 chemin du Golf; Mont-Tremblant, QC


Le Diable Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC


Le Geant Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC


National Golf Course Owners Association members (Eastern Ontario and Outaouais, Canada)

Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club, Stittsville, ON

Amherstview Golf Course, Amherstview, ON

Archie's Family Golf Centre, Cornwall, ON

Arnprior Golf Course, Braeside, ON

Auberge and Club de Golf Héritage, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, QC

Bancroft Golf Course, Bancroft, ON

Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club, Belleville, ON

Beckwith Golf Club, Smiths Falls, ON

Birtee Golf, Perth, ON

Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, Belleville, ON

Blue Heron Golf Club, Lanark, ON

Briar Fox Golf & Country Club, Marysville, ON

Brockville Country Club, Brockville, ON

Brockville Highland Golf Club, Brockville, ON

Camden Braes Golf & Country Club, Odessa, ON

Camelot Golf & Country Club, Cumberland, ON

Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, Manotick, ON

Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Kingston, ON

Cedar Glen Golf Course, Williamsburg, ON

Cedarhill Golf & Country Club, Nepean, ON

Champions Nest, Edwards, ON

Château Cartier Golf Course, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Hautes Plaines, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Le Château Montebello, Montebello, QC

Club de Golf Le Sorcier, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Montpellier, Montpellier, QC

Club de Golf Tecumseh, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Touraine, Gatineau, QC

Colonnade Golf and Country Club, Joyceville, ON

Conley Road Driving Range & Mini-Putt, Richmond, ON

Cornwall Golf & Country Club, Cornwall, ON

Deep River Golf Club, Deep River, ON

Eagle Creek Golf Course, Dunrobin, ON

Edelweiss Valley Golf & Country Club, Wakefield, QC

Evergreen Golf Course, Westport, ON

Frankford Municipal Golf Course, Frankford, ON

Gananoque Golf & Country Club, Gananoque, ON

Garrison Golf & Curling Club, Kingston, ON

Glengarry Golf & Country Club, Alexandria, ON

Golf Mont Ste. Marie, Lac Ste-Marie, QC

Golf-O-Max Indoor Golf Centre, Ottawa, ON

GreyHawk Golf Club, Cumberland, ON

Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Island Brae Golf Club, Morrison's Island, ON

Kanata Golf & Country Club, Kanata, ON

Kevin Haime Golf Centre, Kanata, ON

Kingston Par 3 Golf Club, Kingston, ON

La Cite Golf Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Larrimac Golf Club, Chelsea, QC

Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club, Lombardy, ON

Loyalist Country Club, Bath, ON

Lyndway Hills Golf Club, Lyndhurst, ON

Madawaska Golf Course, Arnprior, ON

Manderley Golf Club, North Gower, ON

Mapleview Golf and Country Club, Perth, ON

Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort, Mattawa, ON

Mississippi Golf Club, Almonte, ON

Morrisburg Golf Club, Morrisburg, ON

Murray Hills Golf Course, Wooler, ON

NationView Golf Course, South Mountain, ON

Norway Bay Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Oak Hills Golf Club, Stirling, ON

Oaks of Cobden Golf Club, Cobden, ON

Oasis Mini Golf & Driving Range, Limoges, ON

Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Ottawa, ON

Pakenham Golf & Country Club, Pakenham, ON

Perth Golf Course, Perth, ON

Picton Golf & Country Club, Picton, ON

Pine Lodge Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Poplars Golf Club, Tweed, ON

Prescott Golf Club, Prescott, ON

RA Centre, Ottawa, ON

Richmond Centennial Golf Club, Richmond, ON

Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club, Westport, ON

Rideau View Country Club, Manotick, ON

Rivendell Golf Club, Verona, ON

Roundel Glen Golf Course, Astra, ON

Sandy Mountain Golf Course, Mountain, ON

Sandy Row Restaurant & Golf Club, South Mountain, ON

Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, Smith Falls, ON

Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, Ottawa, ON

Summerheights Golf Links, Cornwall, ON

Superdome at Ben Franklin Park, Ottawa, ON

Superdome Sports Centre, Ottawa, ON

The 19th Tee, Ottawa, ON

The Homestead at Wolf Ridge, Killaloe, ON

The Landings Golf and Teaching Centre, Kingston, ON

The Meadows Golf & Country Club, Gloucester, ON

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Aylmer, QC

Thunderbird Golf Course, Kanata, ON

TMSI Sports Management, Ottawa, ON

Trillium Wood Golf Club, Corbyville, ON

Wellington on the Lake Golf Course, Wellington, ON

Westbrook Golf Club and Driving Range, Kingston, ON

Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course, Wolfe Island, ON

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