The White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall, Jamaica

Of all the most famous names - golf courses - The White Witch golf course, Rose Hall, Jamaica must rank among the top 5%. It's certainly the most famous layout on the island, and is also a part of the historic, 5000-acre Rose Hall Plantation. One of the most scenic golf courses in Jamaica, if the not the entire West Indies, the White Witch golf course is a more than a pleasure to play; it's an entirely new experience, and even if you don't score well, I guarantee you'll enjoy your day out on the links. On 16 of its 18 holes, you'll be wowed by the stunning panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The golf course, part of The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, winds its way around more than 600 acres of lush, tropical greenery and gently rolling landscape. It's a long, and extremely tough, par 71; 6,719 yards of golf aptly named by that inimitable team of golf course architects, Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, not necessarily for the nature of the course itself, but also for Annie May Palmer, the owner of the plantation in the 1820s.

Legend has it that the lady was a master of voodoo and perhaps murdered her three husbands; she herself was murdered in her bed by a slave, her lover, so the story goes. The golf course? Well, it's a truly magnificent layout. From mountaintop to ravine you'll face a new challenge on every tee. Landing areas are tight, fairways are narrow, bunkers are strategically placed to gather in every wayward ball, greens are fast, undulating and sometimes tough to read; then there's the breeze to contend with: with 16 of the 18 holes overlooking the ocean, you can bet the breeze will be a factor. Even the views, they'll take your breath away, will play their part. Overall, though, if you play the White Witch, no matter what you score, you'll leave memories you'll never forget; she's a great lady and she demands respect.

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The White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall, Jamaica

The White Witch Golf Course, Rose Hall, Jamaica - 14th Hole
Photo Courtesy of The White Witch Golf Course

The White Witch golf course features a modern clubhouse complete with a full-service restaurant, men's and women's locker rooms, a fully-stocked pro-shop with friendly and helpful staff. Talking of staff, for golfer looking to improve their game, you can do no better than to take a lesson or two. Contact Kieth Stein, Director of Gold: Rose Hall, Jamaica

876.953.2984 "Through the golf academy at the White Witch Golf Course, the staff offers a variety of private lessons, mini schools and golf camps."

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The White Witch - The Nitty Gritty

White Witch, The 17th
Courtesy White Witch

Green Fees and Equipment Rental:

Green Fees for hotel guests (includes Hilton, Palmyra & Half Moon Guests) from $139 to $179, depending upon the month.

Equipment Rental: at the time of writing - Clubs - $60 + tax per round before 1:30 & $35 + tax per round after 1:30 p.m. & for 9 holes. TaylorMade Burner Driver, TaylorMade Burner 3 & 5 Wood, TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons and TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Putter. Clubs are available in both men's & women's right & left handed. Shoes - $15 + tax per pair: Adidas for ladies and gentlemen. But please don't take my for it. Rates have a habit of changing with the wind, so be sure to check at the contact info below for the most current information

For more information, tee times and green fees, please call: (876) 632-7444 or you can visit the White Witch Website.


Rose Hall Developments Ltd
P.O. Box 1, St. James, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel 1-888-ROSEHAL (767-3425)

How to Get There:

The chances are that if you're staying at one of the resorts listed above, you'll fly into Montego Bay: Sangster International Airport (MBJ) which is the leading tourism gateway to the island of Jamaica. From there it's an enjoyable to most of the major resorts.

If the White Witch is not part of your itinerary, then you might be looking for new ideas about to go for your next golfing getaway. If so, you might like to consider these outstanding other opportunities for great golf all over the world. Favorite locations include Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.

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