Jamaica Travel Guide
Caddies are almost always mandatory throughout the island, and rates are $15 to $45 per round of golf. Cart rentals are available at most courses; costs are $20 to $40. Some of the best courses in the country are found near Mo'Bay. Many resorts have their own courses (including several of the Sandals resorts) and allow both guests and nonguests to play.
Cinnamon Hill Gold Course. On 400 lush acres on the Rose Hall estate, this course, designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, takes you to the water’s edge and up into the hilly jungles. Rates include greens fees, cart, caddy, and tax, and Nike clubs are available for rent. Rose Hall, North Coast Hwy., St. James. 876/953–2984. www.cinnamonhilljamaica.com. $169 in winter, $49 replay. 18 holes, 6828 yards, par 72.
Half Moon Golf Course. Swaying palms, abundant bunkering, and large greens greet you on this flat Robert Trent Jones, Sr.–designed course, home of the Jamaica Open. The course was renovated in 2005 by Jones protégé Roger Rulewich to better position the hazards for today’s longer hitters. The Half Moon Golf Academy offers one-day sessions, multiday retreats, and hour-long private sessions. Half Moon, North Coast Hwy., 7 miles (11 km) east of Montego Bay, Montego Bay. 876/953–2211. www.halfmoongolf.com. Nonguests $181 for 18 holes, $118 for 9 holes. 18 holes, 7141 yards, par 72.
Tryall Club Golf Course. At an exclusive country club 15 miles (24 km) west of Montego Bay, this championship course on the site of a 19th-century sugar plantation blends first-class golf with traces of history. The ambience is peaceful; no one is hurried and playing with a caddy is the norm. The layout takes in the Caribbean coast—the 4th-hole green hugs the sea—before heading up into the hills for expansive vistas. Designed by Ralph Plummer, the course has hosted events such as the Johnnie Walker World Championship. Tryall Club, North Coast Hwy., Sandy Bay. 876/956–5601. www.tryallclub.com. $150 for 18 holes ($105 guests), $115 for 9 holes ($75 guests). 18 holes, 6836 yards, par 71.
Negril Hills Golf Club. Inland from Jamaica's longest stretch of private beach, this course is 1½ hours west of Montego Bay. High points are the lush tropical foliage, picturesque water hazards, elevated tees, gently rolling fairways, tropical mountain vistas, and hard-sloping greens. The 6,333-yard course is walkable but plays longer due to elevated putting surfaces. Sheffield, Negril. 876/957–4638. www.negrilhillsgolfclub.com. $60. 18 holes, 6333 yards, par 72.
Although golf isn't a major activity here, travelers will find two courses in the Kingston area. As in other parts of Jamaica, Kingston courses require that you hire the services of a caddy.
Caymanas Golf and Country Club. About 8 miles (12 km) west of the city center, Jamaica's first major championship 18-hole course opened in 1957. Mandela Hwy., between Kingston and Spanish Town. 876/746–9773. www.caymanascountryclub.com. J$4,500 weekdays, J$5,500 weekends and public holidays. 18 holes, 6844 yards, par 72.
Constant Spring Golf Club. Designed by Stanley Thompson, a mentor of Robert Trent Jones Sr., in 1920, this short course is in one of Kingston's nicest neighborhoods. There's a clubhouse, restaurant, bar, and pro shop. 152 Constant Spring Rd., Kingston. 876/924–1610. J$4,500 weekdays, J$5,000 weekends and public holidays. 18 holes, 6094 yards, par 70.