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Year-Round Golf in Jamaica

Jamaica's Jewel Courses

Tryall Golf & Beach Club

Designer: Ralph Plummer.
Yardage: 6,772.
Par: 71.
Year opened: 1960.
Toughest Hole: The 175-yard par-three fourth, a recently created hole that runs parallel to the sea and whose green is guarded by a river and two bunkers.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Optional.
Pro: Robert MacKenzie.
Telephone: 876-956-5681/5660.

Half Moon Golf Club

Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Yardage: 7,119.
Par: 72.
Year opened: 1961.
Toughest hole: The wind can turn even shorter holes into a challenge, but the 570-yard third--a dogleg left with a well-trapped, two-tiered green--is "the bear," says veteran caddy Ernest Bernard.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Optional, but the course is relatively flat.
Pro: Attila Becsy.
Telephone: 876-953-2560.

Wyndham Rose Hall

Designer:Henry O. Smedley.
Yardage: 6,617.
Par: 72.
Year opened: 1974.
Toughest hole: The 252-yard Pebble Beach-inspired eighth, known as Chinaman's Reef, doglegs to a green perched perilously above the ball-hungry Caribbean. Of note: The waterfall at the fifteenth was immortalized in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Mandatory--and quite welcome on the mountainous back nine.
Director of Golf: James Wright.
Telephone: 876-953-2650/2655.

Breezes Golf & Beach Resort

Designer: James D. Harris.
Yardage: 6,870.
Par: 72.
Year opened: 1962.
Toughest hole: The par-four 454-yard eighth is a narrow, heavily trapped dogleg left.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Optional.
Pro: Seymour Rose.
Telephone: 876-973-2561.

Sandals Golf & Country Club

Designer: P. K. Saunders.
Yardage: 6,311.
Par: 71.
Year opened: 1951.
Toughest hole: The par-four 359-yard third plays uphill and requires a 200-yard tee shot over water with OB to the left.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Optional.
Pro: Andy Gorman.
Telephone: 876-975-0119.

Negril Hills Golf Club

Designer: Robert Simmons.
Yardage: 6,333.
Par: 72.
Year opened: 1993.
Toughest holes: On the front nine, the par-five sixth slopes heavily toward a swamp on the right before doglegging in the same direction. On the back nine, the dramatic 180-yard tenth is an uphill par three with an elevated, sloped green guarded by two wickedly placed bunkers.
Caddies: Mandatory.
Carts: Optional, but the course is extremely hilly.
Pro: None.
Telephone: 876-957-4638.


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