The 2012 Grand Slam will be played at Port Royal, a stunning Robert Trent Jones-designed course that Golf Digest ranked one of the best public courses in the world, and that's saying nothing of its beauty. The ocean views on the back nine are particularly stunning. It's a real bucket list course. It’s not just pretty though, the course is actually extremely challenging. Trent Jones’ golf design mantra of "no risk, no reward" is very evident here.
Another view of Port Royal
Port Royal, though the best known of Bermuda’s courses, is not the only course on the island. It’s public but most of the others are private. Your hotel will be able to secure you a tee time, but expect to pay handsomely for the privilege.
It’s also worth noting that golf here remains a rather charming, some would say old fashioned, affair. Dress codes are strictly enforced (Bermuda shorts qualify), and just like everywhere else on the island, manners are of the utmost importance. In fact, Bermuda seemed to us like it could be the most polite island on the planet.
A fairway at Tucker's Point
One of the best things about Bermuda as a golf destination is how easy it is to get around. If some of your party isn’t here to golf, there are plenty of other things to keep them occupied within a few minutes of the greens. For that reason it may be the perfect hybrid destinationmiles of perfect beaches just minutes away from hole after hole of championship level golf.
Another big selling point is that you can golf there year-round, though the (relatively) cooler winter months tend to be more popular with golfers. Best months for a golf trip are November through March.
Bermuda’s Golf Courses:
· Belmont Hills, 18 holes, 6100 yards, par 70
· Fairmont Southampton Golf Club, 18 holes, 2737 yards, par 54
· Horizons, 9 holes, about 800 yards, par 27
· Mid Ocean Club, 18 holes, 6548 yards, par 71
· Ocean View Golf Course, 2940 yards, par 35
· Port Royal, 18 holes, 6842 yards, par 71
· Riddell's Bay Golf and Country Club, 18 holes, 5800 yards, par 70
· Tucker's Point Golf Club, 18 holes, 6361 yards, par 70
At Tucker's Point
Disclosure: We traveled to Bermuda for the Lennon unveiling as a guest of the Bermuda Department of Tourism, but all opinions and images are completely our own.
[Photos: Kai MacMahon for Jaunted]