Bermuda’s diminutive 21-square-mile dimensions belie its riches, including more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Six public and two private golf clubs offer spectacular scenery, challenging courses (seven are championship standard), and wind—plenty of wind—plus a British tradition of excellence not easy to find outside Scotland.
Riddell’s Bay, established in 1922, is the island’s oldest, most picturesque club. Belmont, challenging and undulating, opened a year later. Port Royal also figures on any visiting golfer’s shortlist, with a much-photographed sixteenth hole. But the ne plus ultra (and private) Mid Ocean Club is undoubtedly the island’s finest, with a fabulous fifth hole regularly included in surveys of the world’s top fifty.
Some of the better hotels can facilitate booking tee times at these enclaves, among them the venerable Cambridge Beaches Hotel, only 2% miles from the Port Royal Club. The century-old grand dame of Bermuda’s cottage communities, Cambridge Beaches occupies a beautifully landscaped peninsula edged with private coves and pink sand beaches. High tea is observed punctiliously, and the formal Tamarisk Restaurant serves some of Bermuda’s best food.