Known for it's natural beauty, talented people, music, and culture, the island of Jamaica also boasts twelve golf courses. The year round accommodating weather, spectacular terrain and diverse golf courses provide the ultimate golf experience for novices and professionals alike. Jamaica has led the field for golf like many other sports in the Caribbean for over 144 years and selected as the best golfing destination in the Caribbean and the rest of the world 2010 by members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The Jamaica Golf Association has been around since 1925.
Nine of Jamaica's twelve golf courses are situated on the island's famed North Coast amongst various world class resorts. The island's tourist, and golf capital is Montego Bay. Jamaica's "second city" is home to the world renowned courses of Half Moon, Cinnamon Hill, White Witch and Tryall making it an ideal base camp for any visiting golf enthusiast. But if those spectacular 72 holes of golf are not enough for you there is no shortage of other options. East of Montego Bay the Super Clubs Golf Club at Runaway Bay offers a championship test, while the Upton Golf & Country Club above Ocho Rios provides a relaxed resort experience in a spectacular setting. Caymanas Golf & Country, located on the outskirts of capital city Kingston has a classic parkland layout. And for a nostalgic golf experience The Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville is the oldest golf course in the western hemisphere.
Half Moon Golf Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and recently renovated by Roger Rulewich, Half Moon Golf Course is resort golf at it's very best. Majestic tree-lined fairways, expansive undulating greens, and breathtaking vistas are all part of the experience. Half Moon was voted "Golf Resort of the Year - Rest of the World 2009" by IAGTO and has hosted the European Seniors Tour, the LPGA and is the current home of the Jamaica Open.
Cinnamon Hill Golf Club
With the front 9 played at sea level and the back 9 climbing up to 700 feet above the Caribbean, Cinnamon Hill offers a diversity rarely matched in golf course architecture. From Hank Smedley's original design in 1969 to Hagee and Baril's 2001 redesign, painstaking care has been taken to ensure that the historic sites, flora and fauna of the Rose Hall Estate are preserved for future generations. During your journey around Cinnamon Hill you will encounter the Rose Hall Great House where Annie Palmer wielded her evil powers, a centuries-old burial plot, an ancient aqueduct that was used to grind sugar-cane in the plantation era and the water fall used in filming the love scene from James Bond's "Live and Let Die".
The White Witch Golf Course is carved out of 600 acres of lush greenery and rolling countryside that features unparalleled panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea from 16 of its 18 holes. Considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean, White Witch was named by its creators, golf course architects Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, after the 19th century beauty, Annee Palmer, who owned the sugar plantation on which the course stands. The par-71, 6,859-yard golf course in Jamaica is characterized by mountainous terrain, cool tradewinds, colorful foliage and spectacular ocean views from most holes.
Tryall Golf Club
Tryall's 18-hole, par-72 championship course was designed by Ralph Plummer and has played host to such prestigious international events as the Johnnie Walker World Championship, last won here by Fred Couples in 1995. With a marvelous mixture of both ocean and mountain views this classic 1960 design has certainly stood the test of time. The signature par-three 4th hole incorporates the natural challenges of the Caribbean Sea and the Flint River, while the memorable par-four 7th hole provides a dramatic tee-shot through the stone pillars of the historic aqueduct that feeds the adjacent waterwheel.
Super Clubs Golf Club at Runaway Bay
Designed by Commander John Harris from Britain Super Clubs Golf Club at Runaway Bay was opened in 1960. The features of the golf course are long rolling fairways, large flat greens protected by mounding and bunkers. It has hosted many championship events including the Ryder Cup Match between the UK and West Indies, the Jamaica Open and World Cup of Golf Super Qualifier.
Upton Golf & Country Club
Located 800 ft above the resort town of Ocho Rios, Upton Golf & Country Club offers a relaxed par-71 18-hole layout measuring 6502 yards, it stretches out over a verdant, rolling landscape with sweeping views of sparkling sea and mountains cloaked in dense vegetation. While relatively short and user friendly in length, the small elevated greens will test the approach play of golfers of all ability levels.
Caymanas Golf & Country Club
Nestled in the foothills approximately 8 miles from the City of Kingston this prestigious Golf Club ofeatures elevated Tees & Greens with lush Fairways meandering through craggy limestone hills. Many of these Tees, set high in the hilltops, offer stunning views of the Golf Course. Caymanas has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Jamaica's finest courses and has hosted the Jamaica Open 26 times.
The Manchester Golf Club
Established in 1868 in the historic town of Mandeville, the Manchester Golf club is the oldest club in the western hemisphere. Set on 55 acres, it has 9 greens and 18 tee boxes enabling you to play 18 holes.
Negrill Hills Golf Club
This golf course is located in the "Capital of Casual", Negril, above the seven miles white sandy beaches on the western tip of the island. The 18 hole par 72, 6333 yard track features gently undulating tift dwarf fairways.
Ironshore Golf Course - Montego Bay
A par 72 18 hole 6633 yard gem in the rough was designed by Robert Moote. Tall frilly Australian pines and flowering Hibiscus separate the fairways. The challenge is posed to any avid golfer by the variety of the terrain.
Constant Spring Golf Club
This golf course is situated in the heart of Kingston on a former sugar plantation. This par 70, 6094 yard course was designed in 1920 by Scottish Architect Thompson offers tight fairways and contoured greens. This is home to the National Golf Academy.
Super Clubs Golf Club Braco
This par 72, 6870 yard golf course was designed by British Naval Commander James Harris in 1960,
The wind presents the largest challenge across the layout
The courses throughout Jamaica are varied in layout and challenge. Glamour Destination Management has the ability to book tee times and provide ground transportation for any avid or aspiring player.
Glamour Destination Management is a member of International Golf Tour Operators.