Fairmont Southampton Golf Club in Bermuda
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Fairmont Southampton Golf Club
Fairmont Southampton Golf Club. Spreading across the hillside below the high-rise Fairmont Southampton, this executive golf course is known for its steep terrain, giving players who opt to walk (for sunset tee times only) an excellent workout. The vertical drop on the first two holes alone is at least 200 feet, and the rise on the 4th hole makes 178 yards play like 220. The Ted Robinson design is a good warm-up for Bermuda's full-length courses, offering a legitimate test of wind and bunker play. The front nine has almost constant views of the ocean and is more difficult than the back nine, with tight holes calling for careful club selection.
Highlight Hole: The signature hole is the 214-yard 14th, but the most striking is the 174-yard 16th hole, which sits in a cup ringed by pink oleander bushes. The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, less than a mile away, is the backdrop.
Clubhouse: Because the hotel and its restaurants are so close, there's no golf clubhouse per se, just a 10th-hole Golf Hut for snacks and drinks. The golf shop has a fine selection of quality golf wear and any essentials you might forget to bring. It has recently been completely renovated and has a storage area for your bags and personal belongings. Fairmont Southampton Resort, 101 South Rd., Southampton Parish, SN 02. 441/239–6952. www.fairmont.com. Greens fees $89 before 2:30 pm with cart mandatory, $67 after 2:30 pm with cart or $45 walking. Pull-cart rental $7.50. Shoe rentals $10. Titleist club rentals $40. Lessons $75 for half-hour, $120 per hour. 18 holes. 2,684 yards. Par 54. Rating: 53.7.
Bacci. Above the Fairmont Southampton golf shop, this fine Italian restaurant overlooking the course is an excellent after golf option. 441/238–8000.
Waterlot Inn. If you have a yearning for steak, catch the Fairmont Southampton hotel shuttle to the bottom of the hill, where the 320-year-old Waterlot Inn sits on the edge of the marina. It's unassuming from the outside, but inside it's all elegance, romance, and comfort, with beamed ceilings and windows overlooking the water and terrific sunsets. The Angus steaks here are among the best on the island, and the seafood is delectable, too. Waterlot Inn is open from 6–10 pm. 441/238–8000.
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