Golf News for Thursday, April 19, 2012 | Courses

Jamaica's Cinnamon Hill Golf Course ascends Golf Digest rankings

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Cinnamon Hill Golf Course -- adjacent to the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa on Jamaica's famed Rose Hall Plantation -- has been heralded as one of the country's best according to Golf Digest's latest "Planet Golf" rankings.

Renowned for its beautiful and historic surrounds, the par-72, 6,828-yard course is highlighted by two distinct nines. The front is links-like, playing hard and fast with several waterfront holes. Conversely, the back wends through groves of palm, coconut and cotton trees, gradually rising as high as 350 feet above sea level and showcasing commanding coastline views.

Founded in the 18th century and nestled between the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and verdant Blue Mountains, 7,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation enjoys a rich past making it an ideal escape for golf and history aficionados. For example, famed poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning's family owned it for many years, and the legend of Jamaica's "White Witch," Annie Palmer, took flight onsite.

"Cinnamon Hill is right in the thick of it all with gravesites, ancient aqueducts, Great Houses and waterfalls," says Robbie Ames, Director of Golf. "There aren't too many courses in the Western Hemisphere set on a piece of land with so much of a back story. Caddies regale players with all of these tales, making for an especially memorable round."

To further improve the playing experience, Cinnamon Hill's par-4 17th hole was lengthened recently into a 535-yard, par 5. Already noteworthy for aqueduct ruins just behind the green, a new, elevated tee was created to open panoramic vistas of the ocean and bring a ravine into play on the first and second shots. The change transformed what had been a difficult, long par 4 into a more thought-provoking and scenic penultimate hole.

"Stay and play" packages that include golf at Cinnamon Hill and accommodations at the neighboring, all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa are available. Rates begin at $953 per person (based on double occupancy).

To book or for more information, please contact Sherri-Ann Leslie:, 876.953.2650.

Getting There: The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course are only 15 minutes from Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (MBJ). It is serviced by frequent non-stop flights from New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Orlando, Toronto, Montreal and other major cities.

About Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
Re-designed by celebrated architect Robert von Hagge in 2001, the 6,828-yard, par-72 Cinnamon Hill Golf Course -- highly ranked by Golf Digest and Golfweek -- excites low-handicap and resort golfers alike. The open, windswept front nine features several holes just steps from the azure Caribbean Sea. It is complemented by a tight back nine that gently climbs 300 feet into the Jamaican hills. Notable landmarks include ancient aqueducts and famous waterfall behind the 15th green, site of the James Bond movie "Live and Let Die."

For more information:,, 876.953.2984 or 876.953.9381.

About Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Nestled between turquoise Caribbean waters and Jamaica's lush Blue Mountains, the all-inclusive, 489-room Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa boasts a premier ocean-front location in Montego Bay. Its 1,800-foot ribbon of private, white-sand beach headlines 30,000 square feet of unique outdoor venues. Other highlights include the acclaimed Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Sugar Mill Falls Water Park (Jamaica's largest), full-service signature spa, water sports center, six lighted tennis courts, diverse restaurants and meeting and banquet facilities.

For more information:, 866.799.3661.

About Rose Hall Developments
Rose Hall Developments is the exclusive owner of prime residential and commercial real estate in Montego Bay. Overlooking the Caribbean, luxury hillside, golf-course and seaside home-sites --available from $350,000 to $2 million -- are tucked within the gated community and perfect for dream home construction. Second-home owners and retirees revel in Rose Hall's sprawling, natural beauty and abundant culture, including the 18th century Great House once owned by the legendary Johnny Cash. Retail and office parcels are also available, as well as 175 acres of beachfront property zoned for resort development.

For more information:,, 876.953.8150.

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications