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Bermuda: A Simple Special Place to Golf

Bermuda is so connected with golf the island even has a popular turf grass named after it. Bermuda Grass—this was first introduced into the U.S. from Bermuda around the 1750s and is today found on many on the southern States’ foremost golf courses. It has the fastest growth rate of any of the warm-season grasses and is especially valued for its exceptional heat and drought tolerance.

The island of Bermuda is just a two-hour flight from our East Coast, presenting you with great golf opportunities in great weather year-round. The vacation experience is enhanced by the pink-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise colored waters.

The island’s six courses have received many accolades for their world-class facilities and design. The Port Royal Golf Course is the site of the Bermuda Championship that debuted in the fall of 2019 as part of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season (see also p.158).

The course is 6,842 yards of picturesque views and a 16th hole that challenges the world’s best golfers. Indeed, Jack Nicklaus himself considers it a favorite.

In the grounds of the exclusive resort Rosewood Bermuda in St. George’s parish, Tucker’s Point Golf Club has dramatic views and ocean breezes that increase the challenges of the course.

The Turtle Hill Golf Club, an 18-hole par-3 course, is just 2,684 yards, but its  heavily bunkered greens and water hazards demand precision.

All of Bermuda’s courses differ in some way or another, but what they have in common are the ocean views and island landscape. If you’re set on making a point of playing every golf course on the island, you must still be sure to leave time to experience some of the island’s heritage and culture, as well as enjoying some of the great local cocktails and seafood specialities. And Bermuda’s 23-mph speed limit tells you this is a great place to slow down and chill out.

This article first appeared in the PGA TOUR December 2019-May 2020 issue, which can be read here.

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