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CARIBBEAN


JAMAIC A C


ompared with smaller Caribbean islands, parts of Jamaica feel like the big city. The music scene here


is prety special, with Bob Marley still the reggae patron saint, and while there have been some issues in the past, most hotels and resorts are perfectly safe. Visitor numbers in 2017 were up 10%,


boosted by roaring cruise line business and low-cost flights from the US. Both Thomson and Thomas Cook fly from five UK airports to Montego Bay (MBJ), Virgin flies to the same airport, and BA flies to Kingston (KIN). The Montego Bay area has five 18-hole


courses and a host of resorts at different price points, so is good choice for golfers.


Set in 400 acres of luscious gardens just


east of Montego Bay, the 197-room, 31-villa Half Moon family resort (halfmoon.com/ golf) is an old-school gem currently being extensively renovated. Home in the past to the Jamaican Open and a European Seniors tournament, the 7,141-yard Robert Trent Jones course (green fees from £150), recently renovated by Roger Rulewich, features aggressive bunkering and undulating greens — all very demanding. Nearby, on the Rose Hall Estate, Robert


von Hagge’s excellent White Witch (whitewitchgolf.com, green fees from £135) is reputed to be haunted by wicked 19th-century plantation mistress Annee


Palmer. Well known for difficult set-ups, the designer has created a 6,859-yard, par-71 challenge that combines sea views on 16 holes with some distinctly mountainous terrain. His 18-hole Cinnamon Hill track is right next door. Twenty-three kilometres to the west


of Montego Bay, the Audubon-certified Tryall Club (tryallclub.com, green fees from £112) hosted the World Championship won by Fred Couples in 1995. Described as a “mix of fun and challenge”, the 6,836-yard course meanders between the shoreline, the Flint River and deep ravines. Together with new irrigation, all 18 green complexes have been reconstructed over the past two years.


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