Aruba’s only 18-hole golf course has a landscape that conjures many regions

By Gary Trask

As the words come out of Oliver Riding’s mouth, you can’t help but be skeptical.

He’s played more than 100 golf courses in 18 countries, and there’s no doubt he’s well traveled and knowledgeable about the game. But since Riding has called Tierra del Sol Golf Course home for most of his career, his opinion of Aruba’s lone 18-hole championship layout isn’t without prejudice.

“I’ve traveled the world and have been fortunate enough to see some very cool golf courses,” said Riding, 45, director of golf operations since 2015 who also served as head professional from 2003-2010. “But, design-wise, it doesn’t get much better than Tierra de Sol. You can play it multiple times and you’ll never get bored. You get out there and you really feel disconnected from the world.”

As you begin your journey around the 6,400-yard layout on Aruba’s captivating,…

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