Tee It Up: Golfing in Bermuda

The sun sets over the water beyond a golf course perched right on the edge of the island.

Photo courtesy of Port Royal Golf which features 18 championship holes and breathtaking ocean views.

Babe Ruth did it. So did Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and George H. W. Bush. Played golf in Bermuda, that is. The sport is one of Bermuda’s biggest attractions, thanks to the island’s seven courses, many boasting breath-catching ocean views and championship layouts. Do the math, and that makes one golf course for every three square miles on the island, making Bermuda one of the world’s most golf-dense destinations. Every October since 2007, the island has been home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; the season-closing event, offering a $1.35 million purse and broadcast worldwide by TNT, showcases the winners of four major championships: The Masters, the U.S. Open Championship, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship.

Balmy temperatures year-round bring golfers of every breed, and even duffers can enjoy the emerald fairways, turquoise horizons, and post-game rum swizzles in history-steeped clubhouses.

Balmy temperatures year-round bring golfers of every breed, and even duffers can enjoy the emerald fairways, turquoise horizons, and post-game rum swizzles in history-steeped clubhouses. Renowned golf-course architect Robert Trent Jones designed four of Bermuda’s courses, including Tucker’s Town’s premier Mid Ocean Club, a par-70, 6,666-yard course over ocean bluffs that’s rated one of the world’s best links. It was here that “The Babe” was said to have lost a dozen golf balls attempting to hit a tee shot over Mangrove Lake on the infamous fifth hole, a 433-yard par 4. While just two of the courses are public, hotel concierges usually have no problem securing tee times for nonmembers at the island’s private clubs. Lessons, for adults and kids, can also be arranged. The island also has a couple of driving ranges, plus a 10,000-square-foot practice putting green and short-game area at the tony Tucker’s Point Club.

Greens fees at Bermuda clubs range from about $80 to $200 and up. Proper golf attire is required at all clubs, including shirts with collars and sleeves. Women’s and men’s right- and left-handed golf club sets are available at all courses; balls start at $40 per dozen. Use of golf carts is mandatory at some clubs or on weekends and holidays; caddies are available only at Mid Ocean.

Visit www.gotobermuda.com to tour various links, learn about tournaments, arrange vacation packages, or schedule a tee time up to a year in advance. Credit cards are accepted at all courses. Golf bags are normally not allowed as carry-on luggage, but are considered regular checked bags on flights; ask your airline about weight restrictions or charges for checked luggage before flying. Tickets for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf can be booked through PGA.


Excerpted from the Third Edition of Moon Bermuda.


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