With nine amazing Golf Courses in Bermuda, the tiny island has the highest concentration of golfing opportunities per square mile than anywhere else in the world. What's even more intriguing is the fact that Bermuda is now host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. From St. George's in the east to Somerset Village in the west, Bermuda offers golfers a chance to play the year round and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the island at the same time. So, if you're planning a golf outing to Bermuda, this guide to Bermuda's golf courses will provide the information you need: when to go, where to play, where to stay. Bermuda, however, is a unique destination – golf or not.
About The Golf Courses:
Tiny, elevated greens are often guarded by sand traps placed with glee by architects such as Robert Trent Jones to punish even the slightest wayward shot. Greens and tees provide spectacular views of the ocean, rocky shorelines, cliff tops and pristine pink, sandy beaches. Irrigation on these often spectacular courses is limited, which means that the greens and fairways are always firmer and faster than those found elsewhere around the world. Finally, as well you may imagine, water (the ocean) plays a huge part in the layout of almost all of Bermuda’s golf courses. Windswept cliff tops, steep ocean drop-offs, and breathtaking views are the highlights of play everywhere.
Where to Play Golf in Bermuda:
- Port Royal Golf Course
- St George’s Golf Course
- Ocean View Golf Course
- Belmont Hills Golf Club
- Turtle Hill Golf Course at the The Fairmont Southampton
Bermuda’s golf courses seem to have distinct personalities all their own. Many of them are in remote locations where an unpredictable wind blows constantly in off the Atlantic ocean making even the seemingly simplest club selection nothing less than an adventure.
Practical Information for Visitors
The climate here is considered to be ‘subtropical’. From spring through fall there is hot and humid weather. In the wintertime there are temperature lows of 42F and daytime temperatures of around 60F. The water is also cooler in the wintertime. One advantage of visiting in the wintertime is that the humidity levels are much lower. The subtropical climate can be attributed to The Gulf Stream, despite the fact that its far north.
There's plenty to see and do in Bermuda. Just check out these things to do. If you're a scuba diver, you'll be in hog heaven here, because scuba diving is now one of the island's most popular activities. "The Atlantic ocean provides amazing views of underwater caves, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and not to mention the marine life. If diving doesn’t suit you, then it’s always enjoyable to go swimming or snorkeling. You still get to see the marine life and coral reefs.
Here are some specific sites of interest:
- Bermuda Maritime Museum
- Crystal and Fantasy Caves
- Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
- Spittal Pond
It’s also enjoyable to just walk around and enjoy the local architecture. The Mediterranean architecture is stands out and exteriors have every different type of pastel color. The vegetation enhances the architecture and makes it all more aesthetic. The subtle cultural differences are what makes this a special place.
Getting Around Bermuda
About Getting Around Bermuda
Knowing where to go to play golf in Bermuda is one thing, knowing how to get from hotel to golf course is quite another. Unfortunately, renting a car is not an option, but there are other ways to travel the highways and byways of Bermuda. Here are a couple of options:
- Renting a Scooter or Moped
- Public Transportation
It really is easy to get around the island by ferry or bus: see the Public Tansportation options above. There are buses which come every 15-20 minutes.... Ah, you might you might have to wait a little longer on weekends, but it's always a pleasant wait. You can find the exact bus schedules here. And, of course, there are always plenty of taxis available.
The other is to rent a scooter or a moped. These will give you the freedom to explore at your own pace- you wouldn’t have to wait for taxis. It’s extremely important to note that driving is done on the left side of the road. This is the complete opposite of the United States.