Spend some time on the picturesque island of Bermuda, where the beaches and golf courses alike lure vacationers from all over the world. Golfers find themselves not just battling the terrain but the forces of nature as well, as Bermudian golf courses utilize the Atlantic wind to make each hole trickier to play. From Southampton to Warwick Parish, these courses abound, some of them claiming impressive designers.
After you spend a day working on your tan at the famously beautiful Horseshoe Bay, discover the Bermuda Golf Academy at Southampton Parish. This makes a perfect place to learn, practice, or bring your kids so they can get an early start learning your favorite game. This club features 320-yard driving range (flood-lit at night), 40 practice bays, 25 covered bays for rainy days, a practice bunker for sand shots, a 3,000 yard practice green, and even a mini golf course.
When you finish with practice, go for a real challenge at the Belmont Hills golf course, designed by the famous Californian architect, Algie M. Pulley Jr. The unique layout features exquisite greens covered with Tiff Eagle Bermuda Grass that both brings out the stunning beauty of the island and challenges the golfer’s skill. This course also offers Bermuda’s only double green, which measures up to 14,000 square feet, two large manmade ponds, and an automatic irrigation system that keeps everything in immaculate condition.
In Warwick Parish visit the Riddell’s Bay Golf Club, the oldest golf club in Bermuda and described by locals as “a real gem.” Designed by Devereux Emmett, this 18-hole private club offers an extremely photogenic ocean backdrop and a challenging game. Get a fantastic view of the Great Sound as you play the eighth hole, but watch out for the dogleg or you’ll lose your ball down the cliff. For a more casual scene, where you want to mingle and talk with your friends while you play, try one of the 9-hole courses in Devonshire Parish. Or, travel to St. George’s Parish for some stunning ocean views and impressive course layouts, designed by Roger Rulewich. Few tropical islands in the Caribbean or Atlantic offer the golfing options of Bermuda .