General Travel

Golf in Jamaica—Tee it up island style

Golf in Jamaica has its own set of added benefits, and it’s not just in the course designs or the grass. Each course—there are ten in the country—has its own personality and character that shine through as soon as you arrive at the links. The beauty of the island shines through at these course that offer something a bit different from your typical golf experience in the United States.

The Caribbean’s oldest golf course is located at Manchester Club, found in the city of Mandeville on the south coast of the island. While only nine holes, the course is set amid rolling hills that are lush and green, offering a nice experience for aficionados.

If you’re traveling with the family in tow, and you want to have plenty of opportunity to tee it up, then stay at one of the island’s all-inclusive resorts. Half Moon and Ironshore in Ocho Rios, Breezes, Sandals and Wyndham Rose—known as the white witch course—all offer great courses that will give you a challenge and a good time all in one. The resorts cater to families and offer a myriad of other activities for the non-golfers, including watersports, meals and spa services for the ultimate in relaxation.

Tryall Golf Club, located about an hour west of Montego Bay, is one of the more serious golf locations in the country. The resort was founded by Texans in the 1950s and is now home to many North Americans and Europeans and is a private club. Many of the golfers are also owners of the resort’s villas, or are renting a villa for vacation. If you want to golf at Tryall, but are staying somewhere else, contact your hotel’s concierge to arrange a tee time.

On the north coast of Jamaica, you’ll find Sandals Golf and Country Club. Formerly the Upton Country Club, the course has gone from being in serious disrepair to being one of the best courses available.

As you tour the island sampling all the courses, one thing that will stand out is the exceptional service. Caddies in Jamaica receive expert training and are very familiar with their specific courses. Each golfer receives individual attention from his or her caddie. Golfers will find the relaxing environment, the beauty of the surroundings and the service irresistible. Most courses do not require reservations or advance booking, so if the urge to hit the links does overpower you, getting in a game should be no problem.

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