Cinnamon Hill Golf Club, Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Jamaica

••• Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

The Cinnamon Hill Golf Club, Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa is set upon a one-time sugar plantation and one of Jamaica's historic sites. The original design by Hank Smedley was as good as it came back in the day, but it has since been totally redesigned, revamped and renovated by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril. The redesign was completed in 2001 and since then Cinnamon Hill has earned its place among the Top 10 golf courses in the Caribbean.

The Cinnamon Hill golf course, along with the White Witch, is a part of the Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa and is located on the historic, 400-acre Rose Hall plantation whose roots date back to the Golden Era of sail and exploration; the date, 1761, can still be seen chiseled into the supporting pillars of the old stone aqueduct that brought water to the plantation's sugar mill.

The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course is an 18-hole championship layout that plays slightly longer than 6,800 yards from the tips for a par of 72. Von Hagge, ever sensitive to the needs of visitors to Rose Hall, has provided four sets of tees - Blue, White, Yellow and Red - this to ensure that golfers of levels of skill have a reasonable shot at a good score. It's a beautiful layout: eight of the 18 holes are set upon the shores of the Caribbean, the rest meander through the foothills of the Blue Mountains that form the backdrop for this visually stunning golf course.

The back nine is a world of elevated tees, tight fairways and amazing views. The holes on the front nine at Cinnamon Hill are set along the shores of the ocean, one dramatic hole after another features windswept fairways and greens guarded by bunkers of sugar-white sand. If you've never played an oceanfront golf course, Cinnamon Hill would be as good a place as any to begin.

So, if you're planning a golf outing in Jamaica, you must try to include Cinnamon Hill in your itinerary. It is without doubt, one of the finest, both visually and challenging, in the Caribbean. Again, if you've never played an ocean golf course, Cinnamon Hill would be a great choice to start.

For more information, tee times and green fees, please call: 876.953.2984

Contact:

Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort & Spa, Queen's Highway, Rose Hall, Montego Bay; 876-953-2984; Fax: 876-953-2967

Where to Stay:

  • Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Montego Bay
  • The Half Moon, A Rock Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

How to Get There:

The chances are that if you're staying at one of the resorts listed above, you fly into Montego Bay: Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is the leading tourism gateway to the island of Jamaica.