Course Review and Comments
I originally posted a review following the reopening after $14.5M renovations. I'm pleased report that the golf course has matured nicely and is in spectacular condition with all areas open for play, including practice green, driving range, practice bunkers, etc.
With nearly two years of growth, the green surfaces and fairways are lush and recover well from the abuses of play. Ball marks on greens are no longer a concern and fairways have filled in for a tight, firm playing surface. In keeping with modern standards, the course plays firm and fast with greens holding well struck shots hit from the fairways and rejecting poorly struck irons and shots from the rough.
The course has a few holes that are very difficult if played from the wrong set of tees for the golfer's ability, but when played from an appropriate set of tees, the course presents an enjoyable and scenic challenge. From the back tees, the course is a monster. There is very little water in play, but there are a number of bunkers, many of which come into play and have collection areas much larger than the bunkers themselves. The greens have fair contours with only the 9th and 18th holes having some peculiar contours. Several greens have false fronts (7, 9, 10, 12, 18), all of which are relatively obvious and quite fair. The false front on the 18th is particularly deceptive and penal and the green has severe countours beyond the false front.
The clubhouse is beautiful and the food and beverage operations are steadily improving. The quality of food and variety of menu offerings is exceptional. Service is prompt, courteous, and professional, although occassionally erratic. Food is always excellent.
For a public course, the service is excellent, but the service falls short of resort course standards. Bag drop, post-round club cleaning, shoe shine, and other resort-type services are occassional and seem to be seasonal or weather-dependent.
Overall, Port Royal presents the best golfing experience on the island, certainly ahead of the tired courses of Mid Ocean and Tucker's Point, which are usually touted as the top courses but prove to be over-rated.
More user reviews for Port Royal Golf Course
March 29th, 2013 23:36
This course has excellent design however, it is very expensive
April 30th, 2012 08:04
Course was cart-path only, with no obvious reason. We were visiting, so we rented clubs. The cart had no tees, no towels, no water, and started about half the time. Beverage cart was a no-show until
June 20th, 2011 17:42
we came in on a cruise, took a short taxi ride to the course and had an awesome afternoon of golf. The service was exceptional. We had booked a golf and dine package and we had a 5 course dinner out o
August 22nd, 2010 17:01
The course is beautifully designed but beware - this course is cart-path only all the time. They are preparing for the Grand Slam of Golf in October. I played in the summer and it was about 90 degre
July 16th, 2010 09:02
1st time in Bermuda and only time on Port Royal. Walked and had a nice day with some steady winds. Loved the course and variety of holes. Challenging but overall fair test. Had moderate winds.
January 26th, 2010 18:28
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 i
November 11th, 2009 18:13
PR has the makings of a good course and is without doubt #2 to Mid-Ocean as a course and to Tucker's Point scenically. Tragically, because it is a public course, it is plagued with patrons who take fo
September 14th, 2009 08:56
a really nice course, with spectacular veiws. I was very hot and no help with fluids on course for customers. Customer service was the worst I've ever had. cart path only with alot of ups and downs (
July 23rd, 2009 05:13
The course has reopened after $14M in renovations. The clubhouse is expected to open October 1. The pro shop is open and the golf course is fully open, except for the practice green and driving rang
September 17th, 2008 04:04
A great design with super use of natural landscape. A traditional golf course with a good varity of holes. Rent a buggy as it's quite hilly.
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