Travel Blogger
August 15, 2014

Jamaica offers so much more than spectacular scenery, great beaches, exceptional food and reggae! It’s also a wonderful destination for golfers. A villa rental on the island provides guests with their own staff, pool and locations that are either located on the grounds of exceptional resorts with world-renowned golf courses or villas located just a short drive away.

Here are some of the more well-known challenging courses to be enjoyed:
MONTEGO BAY

THE TRYALL CLUB:
A 6,221-yard par 72 course, it has hosted many international tournaments such as the Johnnie Walker and Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. It provides an unforgettable experience that blends the beauty of the Caribbean with the all of the challenges of a world-class course. The course meanders around the estate through hills and palm groves down a mile and a half stretch of spectacular coastline.

Travel Keys offers many private villa rentals that are actually on the grounds of the famous Tryall Resort and range in size from two to nine bedrooms. Each and every villa has its own private pool as well as full staff, and guests have access the the golf club as well as the ability to enjoy the beach, tennis, restaurant, bar and complimentary Tryall Kids’ Club.

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Calypso Villa

Calypso villa is located on the grounds of Tryall and adjacent to the 16th hole. Of special note is due to its location adjacent to the 16th hole, golfers may use it as their own till around 10:30 each morning and after 5 most evenings.

 HALF MOON:

A classic Robert Trent Jones layout, the course follows the contours of the lowlands between the hills and the ocean. It offers a 7,119-yard challenge. A 7,119-yard par course offers an unforgettable golfing experience. Undulating greens, one demanding hole after another, challenging drives and exceptional vistas make this one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean.

 With seven spacious bedrooms, elegant interiors and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, Fairway Manor overlooks the Half Moon 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course and offers complimentary Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach membership, which includes:

  • Unlimited free green fees
  • Unlimited use of practice facilities and range balls
  • 25% discount on optional cart rental
  • 25% discount on goods at Half Moon golf pro shop
  • 25% discount on instructional services at the Half Moon Golf Academy
  • 25% discount at the 19th Hole Bar

The complimentary resort membership includes, in addition to the above golf benefits, the following resort membership benefits:

  • Sunrise Beach
  • Hibiscus Pool and Oleander Pool
  • Jacuzzi, tennis courts, fitness center
  • Croquet and miniature putting green
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Fairway Manor

The Flower Hill villa is one of the newest villas in Montego Bay’s Spring Farm neighborhood. It’s a premier 19,000-square foot villa that  sits on four beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the Half Moon Beach Resort and Golf Club. It provides six luxurious bedrooms, private pool, Jacuzzi and complimentary Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach membership, which includes:

  • Unlimited free green fees
  • Unlimited use of practice facilities and range balls
  • 25% discount on optional cart rental
  • 25% discount on goods at Half Moon golf pro shop
  • 25% discount on instructional services at the Half Moon Golf Academy
  • 25% discount at the 19th Hole Bar

The complimentary resort membership includes, in addition to the above golf benefits, the following resort membership benefits:

  • Sunrise Beach
  • Hibiscus Pool and Oleander Pool
  • Jacuzzi, tennis courts, fitness center
  • Croquet and miniature putting green
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Dusk at Flower Hill villa

THE WHITE WITCH:
Named after the infamous Annie Palmer (legend has it that she murdered her three  husbands during the Colonial times), The White Witch is a von Hagge course that has earned accolades throughout the golfing world. The course is a pleasure to play even if you don’t score well. On 16 of its 18 holes, golfers can enjoy panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea as it winds its way around more than 600 lush acres 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. A magnificent layout that offers challenges on every tee.

All of the villas in the Spring Farm area are within a 5 minute drive of both the White Witch, Half Moon and Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall courses. Greatview villa is a sensational villa that overlooks the Half Moon golf course and features stunning ocean and mountain views. The home has six luxurious bedrooms (and an optional 7th is available for rental), private heated pool, Jacuzzi and even its own Greatview Kids’ Club, which is centered around a one bedroom tree and playhouse that is stocked with games, puzzles and playhouse items as well as a rope-climbing maze, a sand box and play tents. The rope-climbing maze provides a secret back entrance to the tree house. Under the tree house is a sand box, craft tables and play tents which dot the surrounding garden. Depending on the children’s ages and interests, local crafts people will be brought in for jewelry making, kite making, clay modeling, coconut hat weaving and other fun Jamaican crafts.

This villa also includes the complimentary Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach membership. Greatview is glamorous and three world-class golf courses are within a 5 minute drive (Half Moon, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch).

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Greatview

CINNAMON HILL AT ROSE HALL:
Designed by the same architect as the White Witch, Cinnamon Hill takes full advantage of the varied terrain between the mountain and the seashore, located on a one-time sugar plantation and one of the island’s historic sites.  The original design by Hank Smedley was great back in the day but it has since been completely redesigned and revamped by Robert von Hagge and Rick Bari. The redesign was completed in 2001 and Cinnamon Hill is now ranked as one of the top 10 golf courses in the Caribbean.

An 18-hole championship, it plays slightly longer than 6,800 yards from the tips for a par of 72. There are four sets of tees: Blue, White, Yellows and Red, that have been provided to ensure golfers of all levels have a reasonable shot at a good score. Eight of the 18 holes are set upon the shores of the Caribbean and the rest wind through the foothills of the lush Blue Mountains that form the backdrop for this visually stunning course.

RUNAWAY BAY
JEWEL:

Jewel is a delightful and convenient course for guests staying in villas in the Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay areas of the island. The course features are long rolling fairways and specious flat greens protected by grassy mounds and sand bunkers. It has hosted the Jamaican Open, the Heinken World Cup Qualifier and the CNBC Nations Cup. From the back it measures 6,870 yards and is slope rated 124.

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The beach at Sweet Spot villa

Sweet Spot villa is a fabulous beachfront 6 bedroom villa with its own private pool and it’s located just yards from the Breezes Golf Pro Shop, which offers unlimited complimentary green fees to Sweet Spot guests.

A brand new villa, Hidden Bay, is perched on one of the most remarkable sites not far from the historic town of Runaway Bay. A secluded treasure, the villa is elegant and grand. Hidden Bay has six bedrooms and captures the drama of such a spectacular, elevated panorama of ocean and the proximity of its sandy beach.

SANDALS:
The Sandals Golf Club is an exceptional course and not only ideal for guests staying in the Ocho Rios area of the island but well worth the 35-minute drive from Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay. The course is set upon the rolling landscape and offers beautiful views of both the ocean and the mountains. It’s a short course at 6,400 yards for a par of 71 but is described as a fun course with tight fairways and small greens that provide leisurely though challenging rounds of golf. Golf Digest recently gave the course a four-star rating for courses to play.

The Four Winds villa is an extremely popular villa set on its own private beach and has both a private pool, private Jacuzzi and private tennis court, as well as one of the most experienced staff. It is located just a short drive from the Sandals Golf Club.

Emerald Seas is another deluxe home with spacious interiors, five bedrooms, private pool, private tennis court and mesmerizing ocean vistas.

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Hidden Bay

 NEGRIL
NEGRIL HILLS GOLF CLUB:
Negril Hills is an 18-hole, par 72 course meandering 6,333 yards and distinguished by gently undulating fairways, elevated greens, water hazards and lush tropical vegetation.

Little Waters is a secluded 3 bedroom hideaway offering stunning ocean and extraordinary sunset views. With a private pool and exceptional staff, it’s a wonderful choice for couples or a family.

When you are thinking of a destination that offers exceptional golf as well as gorgeous beaches and the added luxury of a staffed villa rental, be sure to consider this all-time favorite destination!

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The beach at Four Winds

 

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