“I don’t want people to play golf while they’re in Jamaica,” Donnie Dawson (the acting director of the Jamaica Tourist Board) says. “I want people to come to Jamaica to play golf.” Montego Bay, about an hour and a half from Miami, is home to four world-class golf courses: The White Witch, Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon and the transformed Tryall Club. So what are the Golf Coast’s courses like?
White Witch, set on the 4,000-acre Rose Hall Estate, an 18-hole, 6,758 yard par-71 track designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril with ocean views on 16 of 18 holes.
Cinnamon Hill course, 18-hole, links-style, par-72, 6,828 yard, designed by H. C. Smedley, Robert von Hagge, Mike Smelek and Rick Baril.
Tryall Club, home to the Johnnie Walker World Championship, an 18-hole, 6,836-yard golf course that’s the work of designer Ralph Plummer.
Half Moon course, an 18-hole, par-72 7,141-yard championship course designed By Robert Trent Jones, Sr. back in 1962.
It all means you can play four courses on a four-day trip, all within minutes of one another, all offering a mix of challenging design and spectacular vistas, all followed by late afternoons on the beach.
So, if you’re planning a golf vacation, now’s the time to think about Jamaica.