The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed West Indians in general, have an expression to describe what is perhaps our favourite sport, "Cricket, Glorious Cricket!" This is a serious sport that is also seriously good fun. If a match is being played at our Queen's Park Oval, one of the finest grounds in the region, you have tons of choices as to how you can take in the action. Members of the Queen's Park Cricket Club usually watch from the Pavilion, arguably the best seat in the house.
Cricket is us as a country and as a region. No matter our individual differences, everybody loves cricket. Even international cricket fans that follow their teams on tour will tell you haven't experienced cricket until you've experienced it in Trinidad.
If you enjoy teeing off, you've come to the right place. Trinidad is home to six golf courses.
The Petrotrin Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club is located at Pointe-a-Pierre on the outskirts of San Fernando. This 18 hole, USGA rated par 70 golf course is 6,195 yards and presents a fair challenge to the golfer.
Located in a former sugar estate, the Usine Ste. Madeline golf course, a par 34 nine-hole course located on Manahambre Road in Ste. Madeline, was established around 1900. This is a short but challenging course that was created on undulating sloping land and each fairway has a different slope.
The Brechin Castle golf course is set in the middle of former sugar cane fields in Couva. This is another short golf course set on undulating land with small greens.
St Andrews Golf course situated in Moka, Maraval, is a Championship quality 18-hole golf course. This jewel can be found in an elegant, upscale neighbourhood. The best part is what avid golfers call the 19th Hole, the bar, pool and restaurant.
The Chaguaramas golf course is a unique Par 67, 5,646-yard golf course with its nine holes and 18 T Boxes tucked away in alcoves of towering bamboo. Located at the base of Edith Falls on Trinidad's North West Coast, this 9-hole course was built during World War II by an American servicemen stationed at what was then a base for the Allies.
Just minutes from the airport at Sunrise Park Trincity, is Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club. The course at Millennium Lakes is a PGA-designed 18-hole par 71 championship course. The golf course at Millennium Lakes, although relatively flat is developing a reputation as one of the toughest courses in the Caribbean.
For the people of Trinidad, football is what North Americans call soccer. Like cricket, love of the game usually springs from childhood exposure. It is also a sport synonymous with national unity. Captained by star striker Dwight Yorke, Trinidad and Tobago's national team, the Soca Warriors, qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals. We became the smallest English speaking nation to ever qualify for the tournament. Competitions in the local leagues are vibrant with a Secondary Schools League, Exhibition Matches and even a Women's League!
Rugby may be perceived as a rough and tumble sport, but it's one that is certainly popular here in Trinidad. There's something to the spirit of this game that captivates people, players and spectators alike. Competition in both the men's and ladies leagues is keen and our top rugby teams play locally and abroad. But after the final scores are announced it is not uncommon to see players and supporters of both teams head to their favourite liming spot to congratulate each other on a game well played.
Volleyball was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago by Canadian Missionaries in the 1930s. Beach volleyball is a favourite pastime and there is also a huge interest in the sport at schools, both primary and secondary.
Our country hosted the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 1993 and major competitions and events include the Secondary School Championships, Grand Champions Cup, Beach Volleyball Championship, an Invitational Tournament at Easter and the National League.
Both Field and Indoor Hockey are popular sports for both men and women. We are so serious about the game of hockey that the island even has an artificial-grass playing field, located in Tacarigua, East Trinidad, which meets international specifications.
In addition to this, our islands have hosted several major tournaments and our top teams tour the region quite often for competitive events.
We are a nation that loves to run. On any given morning or afternoon, you will encounter runners around the Port of Spain's Queens Park Savannah. Trinidad's marathons are growing in popularity drawing athletes from all over the region and internationally.
The 26-mile CLICO Marathon is one of the largest of these events, drawing crowds and international competitors.
Other 5 and 10 K runs are staged by corporate sponsors throughout the year, from which the proceeds go to charitable causes like the fight against Breast Cancer.