Like most leisure activities on Jamaica, golfing provides another opportunity for the island's unique character and personality to shine through.
You can expect a golfing experience in Jamaica to be a departure from the typical North American links experience. Although only eleven courses serve the entire country, each has its own distinct character.
A trip to Jamaican courses can guarantee, among other things, stellar service. Caddies in Jamaica are expertly trained and very familiar with the nuances of their courses. Each golfer receives individual attention from his or her own caddie, unlike busier golf locations where caddies may be serving one or two golfers at once. It is also important to note that many clubs require that golfers have a caddie. Expect to pay between $15 and $45(USD) for this service.
The main golfing area in Jamaica is the hub of Negril's all-inclusive resorts. Be warned, though, when considering golfing in Negril, that the area's players are predominantly inexperienced golfers. Rather, you'll encounter many first-timers, or once-a-year types.
One of Jamaica's most serious golf locations is the Tryall Golf Course, about an hour west of Montego Bay. Founded by Texans in the 1950s, the resort is a collection of upscale homes owned by North Americans and Europeans. Tryall is a private resort area, and many golfers are also renters or owners of the resort's villas. If you opt out of staying at Tryall, a visit to their course may be arranged through hotel concierges. Staying at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, a small upscale hotel just east of Tryall, increases the ease with which such a visit can be arranged.
Negril Hills Golf Club is a rare and novel experience, as you travel up and down the elevated tees to the valley fairways, twisting and turning around the guango trees. The course features 18 holes and a "liquormobile" that roams the links, ready to offer players a drink.
Some of the best golf on the northern coast of Jamaica is at the Sandals Golf and Country Club. This golf area, formerly known as the Upton Country Club, was in a sad state of disrepair until Sandals purchased and revamped the area.
Manchester Country Club is home to the Caribbean's oldest golf course. This golfer's treasure is found in the city of Mandeville on Jamaica's South Coast. Once only nine holes, it recently grew to have 18 holes. It is set in luxurious rolling hills and is worth a visit for aficionados.
In the rolling foothills of St. Catherine lies the 18 hole championship golf course, Caymanas. On site golfers will find a driving range, putting greens, a golf pro, and a golf academy.
Just east of Montego Bay is the Half Moon Club, which houses an 18-hole course that is home to the Red Stripe Pro Am. Lessons can be obtained at the on-site David Leadbetter Golf Academy in the form of private sessions and week-long retreats.
Cinnamon Hill Course is an 18 hole course that hosts numerous invitational tournaments each year. This course has been previously ranked as one of the top in the world.
|Caymanas Golf Club||(876) 746-9772 ext. 4||3.1 mi. (5.0 km) Northeast of Spanish Town|
|Cinnamon Hill Course||(876) 953-2984||Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) East-Northeast of Montego Bay|
|Constant Spring Golf Club||(876) 755-1729||152 C Spring Road - 3.0 mi. (4.9 km) North of Kingston|
|Half Moon Golf Course||(888) 830-5974||Half Moon Club - 6.1 mi. (9.9 km) East-Northeast of Montego Bay|
|Manchester Country Club||(876) 962-2403||Caledonia Road - Mandeville|
|Negril Hills Golf Club||(876) 957-4638 ext. 3614||1.9 mi. (3.0 km) East of Negril|
|Runaway Bay Golf Course||(800) 758-2252||Jewel Runaway Bay Resort - Runaway Bay|
|Sandals Golf and Country Club||(876) 975-0119||2.2 mi. (3.5 km) Southeast of Ocho Rios|
|Tryall Golf Course||(876) 956-5660||Tryall Club - 9.3 mi. (14.9 km) West of Montego Bay|
|White Witch Course||(876) 632-7444||White Witch Drive - 6.7 mi. (10.7 km) East of Montego Bay|
Golfing on the island of Jamaica is a relaxed activity that generally does not require reservations or advanced booking. Making an impromptu decision to hit the links should be easy and can help open your leisure-activity options.
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