In an attempt to attract high-end tourism, the Cuban government is building the biggest golf mega complex in Latin America, which means it’s the Communist regime’s most important push to develop facilities for a sport that Fidel Castro abolished 50 years ago because he considered it “bourgeois”.
The megaproject, called Punta Colorada Cuba Golf Marina, is located in Punta Colorada, in the province of Pinar del Rio, a place that has barely been developed in the tourism sector and is characterized by the poverty of its population.
According to official reports, the project is already in its first phase and will take 25 years to conclude. However, once it is up and running, it will put this “lost paradise in Pinar del Rio” on the global tourism map.
In its first stage, the project will span across 700 hectares and will have 1250 rooms spread out between three hotels and over 1700 residential units, including villas, apartments and bungalows.
It will also have a bay holding 300 berths and two 18-hole golf courses, one of which will become the first in the world to ever have a hole at sea which will definitely make it even more attractive.
This first phase is expected to take 7 years to complete and involves around one billion euros in investment.
What’s in it for ordinary Cubans?
Golf is a part of the regime’s strategy to focus on attracting luxury tourism, which spends more than middle class “sun and sea” tourists who visit the island.
The announcement of this great infrastructure project has triggered different comments on digital media platforms and social media. Some Internet users have expressed their hopes that Punta Colorada Cuba Golf Marina will be able to create jobs for the local population, which will contribute to improving their living standards.
Others have been more skeptical and doubt whether it’s really sustainable, as well as pointing out the fact that if this project is successful, it wouldn’t really affect the quality of Cuban people’s lives, who still receive low wages in spite of them working in sectors that generate great revenue on the island for the government such as tourism, for example.