Since its debut in 1960, Jamaica's Tryall Club, with its spectacular ocean panoramas and exotic tree-lined fairways, had been one of the Caribbean's star layouts. The 6,772-yard Ralph Plummer beauty hosted such prestigious events as the Johnnie Walker World Championship and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. Recently, however, like an aging starlet on the bad side of forty, Tryall developed a case of saggy jowls.
Now, after seven months and $2 million of reconstructive surgery, Tryall's bandages are off—and the results are stellar. Our latest round revealed a lush new course with splendidly consistent Tiff Eagle greens, larger tee settings, fluffy white bunkers and a state-of-the-art irrigation system. Left untouched were the many exotic trees (including, thankfully, the massive one on the twelfth that redirected our errant drive into the fairway). The resort itself is also in fine trim, with fifty-six posh and fully staffed estate homes and thirteen villas. All in all, a makeover well made.
Tryall Reservations: 800-238-5290. Greens Fees: $40-$115. Tee Times: 876-956-5660 or visit tryallclub.com.