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Headed to Bermuda? Don't forget Port Royal Golf Course

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Like all Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses in the Caribbean, Port Royal was designed with the wind in mind. (Courtesy of portroyalgolf.bm)

Port Royal Golf Course is located in the southern end of Bermuda along the sea. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and considered the most picturesque golf course in Bermuda. I can see why.

Mid Ocean Club might be the best golf course in Bermuda, but it has nothing on Port Royal scenic wise. The course plays 6,561 from the tips and holds a 72.6/131 course rating, and the track is in top-notch condition. There are many holes right on the water.

Like all Jones golf courses in the Caribbean, it was designed with the wind in mind. That is, you can be looking at two and three club differences. Use your head and not your ego on this track.

The par-3 16th is breathtaking: 176 yards over a ravine with the most fantastic turquoise blue ocean on the left. It's all carry with bunkers on the sides and back. If the tees are on the top, step down to the lower tees and play from the back (the view and challenge is much better). The round cost $140 with cart. Not bad for in-season resort golf on an island like this. Afterwards, grab a drink and sit outside the bar to look at the course. If you are thinking about Bermuda, definitely book this track.

I stayed at the Fairmont Princess, the largest and only really full-service hotel on the island. The Fairmont Southampton Golf Club has an executive par-3 course that is rated one of the top five execs in the world. I can see why. The views of the ocean and bay are unbelievable. Pebble Beach Golf Links doesn't have views like this. It's very hilly with some holes having up to 200-foot elevation drops. The wind will play havoc with your game, though.

The course was designed by Theodore G. Robinson. The track runs 2,630 yards and plays like 4,000 with the wind. The wind changes in velocity and direction all the time. It's like playing a different course every day. The longest hole is 215 yards with wind in your face - that's some kind of par 3.

This is the perfect course to play with your wife. It takes 2 1/2 hours to move through it with gorgeous views in every direction. From 4 p.m., when it gets cooler, it runs $59 per person with cart. Daytime rates are $79. I don't usually play exec courses, but I must admit, this one is fun and challenging.

- Elliot DeBear
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