By Simon Harris
A vacation destination for decades, Jamaica is home to a
of quality golf courses. The temperate climate is a welcome
of the golfing experience, as is the general atmosphere of the
golf courses, with many being notable for their outstanding
customer service focus and their beautifully kept grounds. It
should be noted that while many of the golf courses are
private, most of the more exclusive facilities do make day
passes available for vacationers.
Half Moon Golf Club, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is known among
tournament players throughout the world for its classic lines
and challenging set up. Open and beautiful, one of the most
challenging aspects of this golf course is the wind. Over
yards long, this course offers a good work out, in addition to
Luxurious, enchanting, and uniquely challenging are apt
descriptions of the White Witch Course, a recent addition to
the famed Ritz Carlton Rose Hall Resort of Montego Bay,
Jamaica. The course is named for the infamous Annee Palmer who
is said to haunt the area, and rumored to have indulged in
illicit relationships with the slaves she held and treated
brutally during the 1800’s to run her huge sugar plantation,
and also said to have murdered three husbands before turning
This magnificent course was designed by Robert Von Hagge, Rick
Baril and Mike Smelek, and has a slightly different style from
the typical Caribbean golfing experience. While there are
stunning ocean views to be had at 16 of the holes, they rest
upon high ground, as the course wanders through strong hills
and players are cooled by the unobstructed ocean breeze.
Three Palms Ocean Course, found at Wyndham Rose Hall, is
renowned through Jamaica and well beyond the island for the
amazing scenery that its 6798-yard course is built around.
Golfers will play alongside of the family graveyard of
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the ruins of an aqueduct from
the 18th century. There will be ocean side holes, canyons,
waterfalls and gorges. This is a truly beautiful and historic
course, and can only be an unforgettable golfing experience.
The Tryall Golf Course, at the Tryall Club in Montego Bay
the Johnny Walker World Championship and is a favorite playing
spot of golfers all over the world. The 6,772-yard course
extends from flowering forest to cool seaside, and includes
mountain and ocean views that are simply spectacular.
Fascinating relics of history along the course include an 18th
century water wheel.
There are several other notable golf courses in Jamaica. These
include the Manchester Club, one of the oldest facilities of
its nature, which also makes available tennis and billiards,
the rugged terrain of the Negril Hills Golf Club, which is
known to be a challenging and exhilarating play. Breezes Golf
and Beach Resort offers truly upscale play.
Whether you’re planning a vacation devoted to enjoying the
best courses that Jamaica has to offer or you are a casual
golfer seeking fun greens for a day or two’s play, Jamaica is
home to some of the finest golfing opportunities in the entire
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