Belmont Hills Golf Club in Bermuda
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Belmont Hills Golf Club
Belmont Hills Golf Club. Belmont Hills, opened in June 2003, was designed by California architect Algie Pulley Jr. and built on the site of the former Belmont Manor and Golf Club, a haven for celebrities in the early 1900s. "Hills" was added to the course name to reflect the dramatic design features that Pulley used to replace the previous, rather mundane layout. This is now a real shot-making test, heavily contoured and with more water than most other Bermuda courses. The sand in the bunkers is the same used at the famed Augusta National, site of the Masters. A waterfall connects two man-made lakes that can come into play on several holes. The final four holes are particularly challenging because of their tight landing areas bordered by out-of-bounds stakes. A bad hit or intervention by the ever-present wind can lead to lost balls and penalties. The pressure continues until the ball is in the hole, because the greens are heavily bunkered and multitiered. Putting surfaces are well-maintained TifEagle grass. Fairways are attractively defined by palm trees, and an automated irrigation system keeps everything lush. The course has the island's only double green, a 14,000-square-foot putting surface on holes 1 and 10.
Highlight Hole: The 7th hole, a 178-yard par 3, is bordered by a waterfall.
Clubhouse: The main clubhouse with a private members' lounge stands on the site of the former Belmont Hotel, overlooking the 9th hole. The building has lovely views of the Great Sound and Hamilton Harbour, plus an airy lounge, bar and pro shop. 25 Belmont Hills Dr., Warwick Parish, WK 06. 441/236–6400. www.newsteadbelmonthills.com. Greens fees: $155 daily (cart included), $60 sunset (walking only after 3:30pm). Shoe rentals $15. Tailor-made club rentals $45. Lessons available. 18 holes. 6,017 yards. Par 70. Rating: blue tees, 68.8; white tees, 68.4; red tees, 69.4.
Blu. The clubhouse restaurant is an extraordinary dining experience highlighted by its eclectic southwestern-style menu. Sample fork-tender Angus steaks, innovative sushi rolls featuring eel, mango, and shrimp tempura, seasoned flat breads, and irresistible desserts. 441/232–2323.
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