10 Best Tropical Golf Courses on the Island of Jamaica

Golf enthusiasts planning a tropical vacation will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Jamaica has several championship courses, golf resorts, and public courses with a sublime setting and beautiful backdrop. Although it's no Scotland, the island offers world-class golf, sun, sand, and serenity and offers a rich history of the sport - including Manchester Club, the oldest golf course in the Caribbean.

Montego Bay is an easy choice for golfers, especially at Rose Hall, an area that offers several top-notch courses, including Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon, and the White Witch - a legendary course with a spooky history of its own.  

A number of resorts offer all-inclusive packages or individual courses. Sandals Golf and Country Club is another popular choice, with plenty of inclusive options, as is Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort.

Kingston also has a handful of courses that make ideal day trips, including Caymanas Golf and Country Club, a championship course with numerous elevated courses for scenic views. Or, for a casual, easy-going golf course, Negril Hills is just a quick stop away from the famous Seven Mile Beach.

For a small Caribbean island, golfers will find a pleasant golf getaway in Jamaica, and 10Best showcases a few favorite course options for visitors.


Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort
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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Resort features an 18-hole, 72 par, championship golf course that has hosted the Jamaica Open, the Brinks (Jamaica) Classic, the Heineken World Cup Qualifier, and the Ryder Cup. The Clubhouse features an open-air...  Read More

As Kingston's premier, 126-acre course, beginners can also get their feet wet taking golf classes with accredited instructors. Other options include multi-court badminton, squash racquet, a club house and pool, and full-service bars. Built in...  Read More

Tryall Club
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Tryall Club is one of the most prestigious courses on the island and has hosted major events like the Johnnie Walker Tournament and Jamaica's Classic Annual. Manicured and playable year-round, the course certainly attracts its fair share of...  Read More

Opened in 1964, the Half Moon Golf Club hosts the Red Stripe ProAm and is one of the best courses in Montego Bay. Robert Trent Jones, Sr., a master course creator and one of the most well respected 20th-century designers, designed the...  Read More

At the Rose Hall Resort & Spa, golfers are treated to some of the most scenic views and professional services in Montego Bay. Sister course to the White Witch and alternating between seaside and mountain holes, this course designed by Robert...  Read More

As a host to the Jamaican Open more than 25 times (and counting) as well as other top-tier championships, Caymanas attracts avid golfers from all over the globe. The 18-hole, par 72 course was built in 1957 and is open to the public and it...  Read More

This 18-hole, par 72 golf course is located about an hour- and-a-half drive from the airport in Montego Bay, and a few minutes' drive from Negril's picturesque Seven Mile Beach with beautiful cliff side resorts. The course offers awe-inspiring...  Read More

Sandals Golf and Country Club
Photo courtesy of Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort

Honored by Golf Digest, Sandals Golf and Country Club is a top choice for a stay-and-play vacation in Ochos Rios. Guests of the resort receive plenty of perks: like complimentary green fees, a PGA-certified clinic, and club storage. The 18-hole,...  Read More

Manchester Club
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Dating back to 1865, this nine-hole, par 35 golf course is the oldest is the entire Caribbean and certainly the most scenic in Jamaica. Stretched over 55 acres of rolling hills near the quiet town of Mandeville, Manchester Club is far off the...  Read More

The White Witch of Rose Hall Golf Course may sound spooky, but guests and non-guests alike have dubbed it something a little less ominous; "beautiful." Designed by Robert von Hagge, the course intertwines with the mountains and provides golfers...  Read More


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