The White Witch golf course, probably the most famous tract on the island, 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 pleasure to play, even if you don't score well. 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.
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 with Kevyn Cunningham, a PGA golf instructor for over 25 years. "Through the golf academy at the White Witch Golf Course, Kevyn offers a variety of private lessons, mini schools and golf camps." For more information on pricing and availability, please call Kevyn at (876) 361-3330 or (876) 684-0174
Green Fees and Equipment Rental:
Green Fees for hotel guests (includes Hilton, Palmyra & Half Moon Guests) from $120 to $175, depending upon the month. For non hotel guests the green fees are be from $130 t0 $185. These rates are good through the end of 2012, after that date please call the number listed below for current rates.
Equipment Rental: 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.
For more information, tee times and green fees, please call: (876) 684-0174
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica, Rose Hall, Jamaica; 876-684-0174.
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Where to Stay:
- Compare prices for nights at the Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Montego Bay
- Compare prices for nights at Half Moon, A Rock Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Compare prices for nights at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica.
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.
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