Mahogany Run Golf Course (800) 253-7103
St. Thomas Golf Course Review
Situated in a mountainous area along the Atlantic coastline of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mahogany Run Golf Course beacons adventurous duffers with scenic vistas,
dramatic elevation changes, challenging and sometimes ghostlike winds, and the infamous trio of treachery known as the “Devil’s Triangle”.
Designed by George and Tom Fazio, this scenic and difficult tract rewards keen minds with iron skills. At first glance this 6,008 yard, par 70 course, carved and blasted into a
mountainous area of land just less than 110 acres, appears more interesting and picturesque than difficult. After the first few holes, however, the intricacies of the layout will have
you scratching your head and wondering which club to use next (and whether you brought enough balls!)
There is a nice variety of holes at Mahogany Run, with very interesting par 3’s that demand accuracy through very narrow fairways, dramatic drops or (in the case of #14 - one of the
signature holes in the Devil’s Triangle) over spectacular carries. Three sets of tees play 6008, 5609 and 4873 with slopes/ratings of 133/70.5, 130/68.8 and 134/70.9
respectively. Grass varieties include Bermuda and Seashore Paspalum - a salt resistant strain of grass used on the greens. Generally, the fairways are well-conditioned, mostly
narrow and sloping, while many of the greens are postage stamp sized and roll true. The 32 bunkers on the course are strategically placed and - as incredible as it may seem -
sometimes offer respite from the alternative lies in the fairways and the rough. Plans are in the works to reconstruct the fairways - offering golfers more level landing areas -
without changing the overall design, thus remaining true to the original Fazio plan.
The Devil’s Triangle is comprised of holes 13, 14 and 15. Located along the rocky Atlantic shoreline, beauty and wind as well as hole design will reek havoc with your senses.
Hole #13 demands accuracy off the tee and steady nerves on the very narrow approach to a green 75 yards below that slopes seaward towards a gorgeous ocean view. The 159
yard, par 3 14th is a majestic creation on which the back and middle tees play over rocky crevasses and beautiful blue waters that beacon your ball. Wind normally blows left to
right so the stout hearted may choose to play to the left side of the green. Hole 15 is a 564 yard par 5 (back tees) and is the #1 handicap on the course. A target flag indicates
where to hit your best shot off the tee, but the second shot is critical as the fairway slopes quickly toward the pond in front of the very tight green. The course offers a special gift to
first time players who get through the Devil’s Triangle without penalty.
Mahogany Run offers a driving range with mats, and a chipping and practice green. The property also features a clubhouse with an 1,100 square foot pro shop that carries top
brands of clothing, shoes, hats & gloves & balls. Rental shoes and clubs are available and include complete sets of Taylor Made golf clubs. The air-conditioned Grill Room
provides apres golf fare and libation while the 19th Hole serves breakfast as well as deli-style sandwiches, hot dogs, etc. The clubhouse also features a banquet facility and
spacious locker rooms with showers for both men and women. Fresh water is readily available on many holes throughout the course.
Tackled by such notables as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, John Travolta, Michael Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Mahogany Run is currently the only course on St. Thomas and is worthy
of being the main consideration for planning a trip to that beautiful island. Alternatively, it can be easily reached in 20 minutes from the port at Charlotte Amalie - so cruise ship
guests should think seriously about spending the day on the course as opposed to shopping in this world-famous port.
With its target-golf layout, intricate doglegs and punishing approaches, Mahogany Run is an extremely demanding course, but our advise is to relax and enjoy it - its worth every
For more information on Mahogany Run visit our informational page with a link to its website by clicking here.