Golf in Bermuda is a top consideration for things to do when visiting, especially since Bermuda is one of the Atlantic Ocean's best island golf destinations. Three of the Bermuda golf courses are part of exclusive private clubs, but the other six are open to all, and among them are some pretty spectacular layouts. Competent golf course designers like Robert Trent Jones, Sr. have designed some of the Bermuda golf courses, and besides offering staggering ocean views, these courses also present fun and challenging experiences.
Several Bermuda parishes boast golf courses, and since Bermuda is so small, getting to them is often pretty easy. The only problem is that visitors can not rent cars, so sometimes you'll see someone riding a moped with their golf bag slung across their back. For those arriving on cruise ships, a round of Bermuda golf is often available among the choices for onshore excursions, and as such, transportation to the course will be provided. If you are going it alone, you can always rent a taxi, which is probably the most convenient way to go. November to March is generally regarded as the best time to enjoy Bermuda golf vacations, as the weather is cooler and the hotel rates lower. Bermuda golf packages are available year round, however, so regardless of the time of year, you can enjoy golf in Bermuda.
No discussion of golf in Bermuda would be complete without mention of at least some of the Bermuda golf courses. As mentioned, some of the golf courses here are privately owned, and these courses are exclusive to their club members and guests. The Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Point Club, and Riddell's Bay Club are the Bermuda clubs with private courses, and if you are going to play one of these courses, chances are good that you already know what to expect. As such, we will mention a few of the public Bermuda golf courses so that other visitors have an idea of what to expect when arranging Bermuda golf vacations.
One of the most-played Bermuda golf courses is the Port Royal Golf Course. Found in Southampton Parish, where nice beaches and a variety of hotels can also be found, the Port Royal Golf Course is regarded as one of the best public golf courses in the whole world. It was designed by the aforementioned Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and supposedly it is a favorite of one Jack Nicklaus. All eighteen holes here are pretty amazing, with the sixteenth hole taking top honors when it comes to views. Hole sixteen is perched atop a cliff and it overlooks the ocean below, so you'll want to keep your tee shot straight! There is a residential golf professional at the Port Royal Golf Course if you want to take lessons, and you'll also find a nice clubhouse here that boasts a great steakhouse.
When visiting Bermuda's Warwick Parish, you can make a golf stop at the Belmont Hills Golf Club, which was formerly the Belmont Golf & Country Club. Here, you will find a curious course with a bit of a strange layout. Strange though it might be to some, this course is also very beautiful. The Belmont Hills Golf Club's course is fairly short — eighteen holes stretching out to a mere 6,017 yards. However, while you might not need the driver as much here, you will be required to hit some accurate iron shots, which puts a lot of emphasis on shot making. Small fairways, undulating greens, and a lot of bunkers help to make for a fun and challenging round at Belmont Hills. Back in Southampton Parish, the Fairmont Southampton Golf Club offers a par-3 golf course, and those staying at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel can enjoy a bevy of rounds here. Much like the course at the Belmont Hills Golf Club, the Fairmont Southampton course puts an emphasis on good iron shots as it is relatively short.
Other Bermuda golf courses available to the public include the eighteen-hole St George's Golf Course in St Georges Parish, and the nine-hole Ocean View Golf Course in Devonshire Parish. The St George's Golf Course is found on the grounds of the St George's Club, so you might book a stay there if Bermuda golf is part of your vacation plans. The Fairmont Southampton Hotel offers Bermuda golf packages that include accommodations and time on the course, and some Bermuda golf packages can see you staying at some of the other top Bermuda resorts. Remember to bring the proper attire when planning Bermuda golf vacations — golf shoes, pants or knee-length shorts, and collared shirts. Shoe and club rentals are available at some of the Bermuda golf courses in case you are without.
For those interested in bettering their golf game during Bermuda golf vacations, Southampton Parish is home to the Bermuda Golf Academy. It is a great place to fine tune your game if you haven't arranged golf lessons, as it not only offers a driving range, a putting green, and a practice bunker, but also modern video equipment to pinpoint any swing flaws that you might have. Southampton Parish is the best place to base yourself when planning Bermuda golf vacations, partly because of the Bermuda Golf Academy.