Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club in Bermuda
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Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club. Opened in 1922, Riddell's Bay is Bermuda's oldest course and one of the island's "must plays" for its scenery and precise shot-placing demands. Designed by Devereaux Emmett, who went on to plot the Congressional Golf Club near Washington, D.C., it receives periodic fine-tuning and upgrading at the hands of Ed Beidel. Don't let the 5,800-yard length fool you; this tight layout is cleverly woven into a peninsula that is only 600 yards wide in some places. The first hole, a 424-yard par 4 (par 5 for women) doglegs to an elevated green, serving notice of difficulty to come. Positioned between Riddell's Bay and the Great Sound, and with Popplewell's Pond in the interior, the course has water views and a fair number of water encounters. For instance, the sea lies all along the right side of dogleg on hole 8, and the 9th demands a drive across an inlet. The 10th tee box perches above a beautiful inlet where boats are moored. Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club offers a complimentary shuttle for guests of the Fairmont Southampton.
Highlight Hole: The 8th hole, a 360-yard par 4, doglegs along the water to a green near the brink. With a tailwind, big hitters often go for the green. The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is a distant backdrop.
Clubhouse: The Riddell's Bay clubhouse, a refurbished 150-year-old farmhouse, has locker rooms, a well-stocked pro shop, a bar made of Bermuda cedar, a lounge overlooking the 18th green and 1st tee, and a dining room. Riddell's Bay Rd., Warwick Parish, WK 04. 441/238–1060. www.riddellsbay.com. Greens fees $165, including mandatory cart. Shoe rentals $15. Club rentals $40. Lessons $65 for half hour, $120 for hour. 18 holes. 5,854 yards. Par 70 (72 for women). Rating: blue tees, 69; white tees, 67.
Riddell's Bay dining room. Lunch at Riddell's Bay is highlighted by their signature sandwiches (the fish cake served on an onion roll with banana and loquat chutney is not to be missed). The dinner menu includes an array of tasty appetizers (including a flavorful avocado and crab timbale with tomato basil salsa), tender meats, and hand-tossed pastas. The dining room is open from10 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends. 441/238–1060 Ext. 4. Closed Mon.
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