If your ultimate relaxing holiday retreat involves a putter in your hand and a green beneath your feet, Bermuda offers some world-class courses on which to test your mettle. With six excellent golf courses to choose from, experienced golfers have every opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views, manicured greens and challenging courses that Bermuda has to offer.
During my time at Prestige Holidays, I have advised countless clients as to how best to indulge their golfing passion in Bermuda. We have an extensive portfolio of luxury resorts that cater perfectly to your every golfing need; some offer excellent onsite golf facilities, while others are just a stone’s throw from a selection of the most highly-regarded courses in the world. If you’re finding it difficult to choose between them, I can let you into a secret – there are two that, in my opinion, stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Rosewood Tuckers Point
This distinguished resort has more stars in its customer reviews than the Bermudan sky at night. My clients continue to comment on the Rosewood’s effortless blend of large-scale sophistication with an intimate and personal customer service. The sprawling hotel has four swimming pools, the largest private beach on the island… and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Tucker’s Point is an impressive par-70 course with over 90 years of history. 200 acres of astoundingly lush fairways and greens are set in an undulating landscape, ensuring that you feel wrapped in verdant privacy at each of the eighteen holes. A driving range, putting green and practice area measuring 10,000 square feet are available for your use – the question is whether you’ll be able to drag yourself away to enjoy the rest of the resort!
One of my recent clients stayed here and was impressed not only by the quality of the course but also by the other facilities offered by the club. He told me that he couldn’t resist taking advantage of their state-of-the-art club fitting programme and ended up buying a brand new set. Experts will analyse your posture, swing and set-up to recommend clubs that are built to your exact specifications.
Guests of Tuckers Point benefit from playing privileges at the exclusive Mid Ocean Club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I have it on good authority that resort transportation can take you and your clubs straight to the gates of this world-class course – just make sure you bring your Bermuda-length shorts, which are mandatory garb in its esteemed surroundings!
The private Mid Ocean Club is favoured by the rich and the famous. It was originally designed by Charles Blair Macdonald – the ‘Father of Golf Architecture’ – in 1921, set against an outstanding backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. The layout was updated in the 1950s, ensuring that it is a challenging test for any serious golfer.
Many of the course’s inland holes are a delight to play, along rolling emerald grounds scattered with pine trees and lakes. It is home to ‘one of golf’s greatest holes’, the par-four fifth: this perilous 433-yard hole tees off on the brow of a hill, allowing players to admire the stunning view from the top.
A few of my clients have commented that it is a family-friendly resort, so expect some hustle and bustle from children around the outdoor pool. However, if you want to luxuriate in an exclusive adult-only experience, book a suite on the Fairmont Gold Floor, described as a ‘hotel within a hotel’. With its own check-in, concierge and private lounge, the children will feel a hundred miles away.
The Turtle Hill Golf Club at the Fairmont Southampton was ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the top five par-3 courses in the world – now that’s the kind of course I would want on my doorstep!
Turtle Hill is a course for the thinking man or woman, combining dramatic changes in elevation with water hazards, sand traps and capricious island breezes. The variety of holes means that you will use most of the clubs in your bag – it’s a particularly challenging course for your short game.
The most popular golf course on the island – and rightly deserving this mantle – is Port Royal, which can be reached by taxi from the resort in under 10 minutes. It has 18 championship holes that undulate over 6,842 yards of pristine grounds.
The course was originally conceived by Robert Trent in 1970, but in 2009 a multi-million dollar renovation ensured that it could compete on a world stage with a top-of-the-range irrigation system and TifEagle greens. I understand that a particular draw is the sixteenth hole, an exhilarating par-three which tees off from the cliff edge. An excited client told me how you have to watch with your heart in your mouth as the ball sails over the Atlantic to land on the green, which sits atop on a rocky promontory.