Bermuda Golf Tour
Beautiful Bermuda! We were a little surprised to arrive on this lovely island to a weather forecast showing 14 days of rain and thunderstorms; therefore not surprised to get soaked on our first days golf and rained off for the second round! However, we were promised by the locals the forecast is hardly ever right and I’m delighted to report that proved to be the case. The island reminded me of the most picturesque areas of Devon and Cornwall in a summer such as the one we are enjoying; narrow roads, edged by stone walls leading to sandy coves, the bluest of seas and magnificent views wherever one looked.
The large resort and very lively 5 star Fairmont Southampton was our Hotel for 10 days and proved a good and well organized centre from which to depart each morning for golf. Following golf, the hotels private beach was a haven to top up the tan and cool off in the bluest of seas, while on days off, taking the hotel ferry across the bay was a gorgeous 50 minute sail to the world’s most expensive city, Hamilton (or so I was reliably informed). A throw back in time, if not price, it was easy to imagine the colonial days of yesteryears! As is always a priority on these tours it seems, quality restaurants abound on the Island and we enjoyed several of them, albeit, trying to find a reasonable wine under $70 per bottle after compulsory tips proved nigh on impossible for which our livers are probably most grateful!
The golf courses too are excellent, although tyned and sanded greens at Mid Ocean and Port Royal took the edge off the first rounds there. However, on returning a few days later they had settled down and putted well – albeit, “the puttees” themselves may not have putted so well!? Each course meandered inland and then to cliff tops with several signature par 3 holes. Our group of 6 couples played 2 rounds each on Belmont, Mid Ocean and Port Royal with one round at my favorite, Tucker’s Point. Why Tucker’s Point? Not the longest or most difficult, but a a greater variety of holes demanding strategic play, and the best scenery in my opinion. That is not to belittle the other courses with both mid Ocean and Port Royal rated very highly in various world top course categories.
This was never meant to be a competition week and indeed, 12 golfers over 7 rounds makes for a rather confined competitive mix. However, we have to have something to keep our concentration honest and so with a few dollars thrown in the pot we played a series of 5 team events, with a fourball better ball and an individual stableford the two featured competitions. Liz excelled by bringing in the winning team every day bar one, and even that loss was only on the back nine!
Liz and Neil then produced an excellent 42 points to pip Rosemary and David H by one in the 4bbb, while Rosemary then managed to reverse that result in the singles with a one point victory over Ronnie!
So where to next summer? Everyone on this tour voted for a return at sometime in the not too distant future, while one of the favorite tours of Predator Ridge, Vancouver and Victoria Island again raised its head as a must return to destination. Without any commitment, if either appeal, please register an interest with Iain and we will look at 2019.
Hope to see you soon.