Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fidel Castro lives near the 14th hole

Before the 1959 revolution, Cuba had nearly a dozen golf courses, including two Donald Ross-designed gems: the Havana Biltmore Golf Club and the Country Club of Havana, which for 11 years was a PGA Tour stop, Golf Digest reported in January 2000.
Havana Biltmore golf course

A blog called Llamado 32/Secretos de Cuba has posted maps showing that Fidel Castro's home is now located on the edge of what used to be the 18-hole Havana Biltmore golf course. This may be the location where Castro recently met with three visiting U.S. lawmakers
Source of map: Secretos de Cuba
In 1959, Fidel Castro reportedly shot a 150 during a match with Che Guevara. Castro was tuning up for a possible round of golf with then-President Dwight Eisenhower, Golf Digest reported.
Source of Castro-Che golf photos is here
Other links:

Along the Malecon's Fidel Castro page
Wall Street Journal article on efforts to revive golf in Cuba - Feb. 23, 2008
Guardian story on golf holidays in Cuba - April 11, 2008


Anonymous said...

Yup yup. That looks correct. We live in the upper right hand corner on Calle 186.

alongthemalecon said...

wow, so you're practically neighbors