Port Royal Golf Course Review


January 26th, 2010 18:28

Reviewer

First Name Old Tom
Last Name Parks
Handicap 10

Course Review and Comments

The course has been open for six months now, and the initial assessment has to be that a chance has been missed to create a good course. Given the vast sums of taxpayer money spent on it, to rebuild it and now to maintain it, one would have expected better. Bermuda's Premier is a golf fanatic, and it's only on his insistence that so much investment has been made in the course. When he retires, this year, it's difficult to see how his successor will justify (or want to justify) the money that will need to be spent to keep it in playable shape. The fairways in particular have a very poor soil base so the grass is extremely thin and is annihilated by the clubhead's impact, not so much taking a divot as vaporizing the grass altogether. How this can be repaired at reason able cost I don't. Bermuda's Tucker's Point has the same problem in many places, and they've not been able to cure it in 30 years- and it probably has a quarter of the usage PR has.

Ratings

Date course was played Friday 22nd of January 2010
Price paid for golf 120
Price comments
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments A surprising number of silly holes -the short 13th and 16th being the two most obvious. Lots of unnecessary false fronts. Very scenic, if hilly - not Kapalua, but hilly.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments This is a serious problem. The course manners seem to be awful; very slow play, divots not repaired; several of the fairways already look like the Somme battleground. Pitch marks on the greens are not repaired, so the greens are scarred and pock-marked.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments OK, nothing special, typical public course; practice range fine, although there's no practice bunker - essential for a course that has a lot of bunkers.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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