The Couture Travel Guide To Golf In Bermuda
A round of golf in Bermuda is the answer to any golf enthusiasts prayers. Despite being just 22 miles square, Bermuda has nine top class golf courses set within beautiful landscapes of rolling greens, tropical woodland and dramatic coastlines.
Designed by some of the leading golf course architects there is a course to meet every level of play and difficulty. Bermuda even boasts two American PGA approved championship level courses, the Mid Ocean Club and Port Royal.
About the Courses
When teeing off on a Bermuda golf course you can be assured of one thing, a high quality of fairways is ahead of you. However golfing in Bermuda is rarely uneventful. From shots being blown off course by rogue gusts of offshore winds, to some of the world's most ingenious water hazards, golfers are faced with plenty of opportunity to sharpen their golfing skills. All this is coupled with unspoilt views of the Atlantic ocean from the elevated greens. A common feature of most people's games is a pause to reach for the camera and capture a shot of Bermuda's divine scenery.
Limited irrigation on these pristine courses also means that the greens and fairways are often firmer and faster than anywhere else in the world, lending a distinct personality to a game of golf in Bermuda.
Public and Private Bermuda Golf Courses
A number of the Bermuda courses are private and would normally require introduction by an existing member. However, you will find that many hotels have corporate membership which allows them to introduce a limited number of guests. Some hotels even have golf courses on-site such as the fabulous Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Otherwise you can reserve your tee time at one of the three government-run public courses, Ocean View, Port Royal and St George's, by contacting their centralised reservation system (441-234 4653).
Bermuda Golf Course Dress Code
A point to note is that there is a strict dress code for all clubs. As a general rule of thumb shirts must have collars and long sleeves, shorts must be Bermuda length (to the knee) and jeans are strictly prohibited. All clubs require soft spike shoes and most offer a shoe rental service if required. As with visiting all new clubs it is worthwhile checking the precise rulings prior to visiting.
When to Play Golf in Bermuda
Whilst most visitors to Bermuda choose to go during their summer months (May to mid-October), golf enthusiasts may find November to March best for scheduling games of golf. Tee times during these months are generally easier to book, the weather is cooler and hotel rates are often cheaper off-peak.
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Bermuda Golf Courses
Each course in Bermuda has its own distinct personality that requires a unique mindset from the golfer. We believe that it is this, combined with stunning locations and first class amenities, that make Bermuda a must for lovers of golf.
1. Belmont Hills Golf Course
The Belmont Hills is the perfect course for precision golfers. This Algie-Pulley designed golf course offers a demanding game that requires accurate swings to cope with the pristine, intensely bunkered U.S.G.A. greens. Golfers need to show extra care around holes 6 to 8, where accurate iron play is essential to avoid losing balls to the watery depths of a million gallon lake.
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2. Fairmont Southampton Golf Course
The Fairmont Southampton golf course is located in the grounds of the luxurious Fairmont Southampton hotel. Designed by Theodore Robinson it is known for the views from elevated tees and its' numerous water hazards. The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean offers superb views but means that wind affecting shots is a common occurrence. This par-3 course is a real test of iron play and calls for a careful approach to each shot throughout the length of the course.
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3. Mid Ocean Club
Considered by many who play it to be the jewel in Bermuda's golfing crown, the Mid Ocean Club ranks amongst some of the world's best courses and played host to the PGA Grand Slam in 2007 and 2008. Designed in 1921 by Charles Blair Macdonald it follows a course of unparalleled beauty through undulating landscaped grounds. The club is strictly members only. However, visitors can access the club at certain times with an introduction from a member or from some of the Island's hotels.
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4. Port Royal Golf Course
Port Royal is one of the government-run golf courses that is open to the public. This very popular course is ranked as one of the best public courses in the world by Golf Digest and was named Bermuda's finest course by the New York Times. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course has recently been treated to a $14.5 million makeover with Roger Rulewich at the helm of the redesign. Golfers are now treated to an exciting game of golf over 6842 yards of palm-lined courses with breathtaking ocean views. One of the biggest challenges facing golfers at Port Royal is the 16th hole. The 238-yard crescent has nothing but the Atlantic ocean between the tee and the pin.
More about Port Royal
- Public course
- 18 holes
- 6842 yards
- par 71
- PGA Grand Slam site 2009 and 2010
- Book a tee time on (441)-234-0974
- Visit their website
5. Riddell's Bay Golf and Country Club
Riddell's Bay is Bermuda's oldest golf course. Originally designed in 1922 by Deveraux Emmett it was recently given a makeover by golf architect Ed Beidel. The Riddell's Bay course is located on a narrow peninsula towards the middle to western end of the island in Warwick. The widest point of the course measure only 600 yards and the first hole, a par four dogleg, is perhaps the most challenging opener of any Bermuda golf course.
More about Riddell's Bay
- Private course, though visitors are welcomed to enjoy a round of golf
- 18 holes
- 5800 yards
- par 70
- visit their website
6. St George's Golf Course
This small but beautifully designed government-run course occupies one of the remotest spots on Bermuda. Its' course designer Robert Trent Jones Senior has to be credited for creating one of the best link-style courses there is and for challenging golfers to overcome a number of tricky obstacles, not least strong winds blowing in from the ocean. The signature hole is the 14th. A 326 yard, par 14 dogleg that hooks around Coot Pond (a very scenic harbour). When the prevailing wind is from the north, the brave shoot straight for the green across the waters of the Coot, effectively missing the fairway and taking the hole down to a par 3.
More about St George's
- Public course
- 18 holes
- 4043 yards
- par 62
- Book on the centralised reservation number 441-234 4653
- Stay at St George's Club
7. Tucker's Point Golf Club
Originally designed by Charles H. Banks in 1932, Tucker's Point underwent a complete re-design in 2002 by Roger Rulewich. The new course now offers greens that have been resurfaced with TifEagle, a hybrid superdwarf Bermuda grass, that delivers a fast putting surface. Its undulating fairways and elevated tees call for care when coping with the varying speed and direction of changeable winds, as well as providing some of the most breathtaking views over the island. Signature holes are the back to back 13th and 17th.
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8. Ocean View Golf Course
The third of Bermuda's government-run courses is a 9 hole course with 18 tee positions, allowing you to add a second 9 hole round to your first. With spectacular vistas over Bermuda's North Shore, this course is deceptively tricky but great fun to play. Correct club selection is crucial to dealing with course hazards and strong winds blowing across the fairways.
More about Ocean View
- Public course
- 9 holes (with 18 tee positions)
- 2940 yards
- par 35
The Horizons Golf Club is part of the Horizons and Cottages colony set within 25 acres of garden. This 9 hole Mashie course is ideal for both novice golfers and experienced hand slooking for a quick game.
- Private course
- 9 holes
- 800 yards
- par 27
For more information about playing golf in Bermuda, or for help with getting the most out of your Bermuda holiday speak to us here at Couture Travel on 0845 603 9815.