Tee It Up: Golfing in Bermuda

Bermuda is one of the world’s most golf-dense destinations, thanks to its seven courses—many boasting breathtaking ocean views and championship layouts. For eight years (2007- 2014), the island hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, but you don’t have to be a world champion to enjoy the game. Balmy temperatures year-round bring golfers of every breed, and even duffers can enjoy the emerald fairways, turquoise horizons, and postgame rum swizzles in history-steeped clubhouses.

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.

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 Babe Ruth 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, 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 links, learn about tournaments, arrange vacation packages, or schedule a tee time up to a year in advance.

Excerpted from the Fourth Edition of Moon Bermuda.

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