White Witch - Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course,
White Witch Drive,
Rose Hall,
St James,
Jamaica


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  • Keith Stein

  • von Hagge, Smelek and Baril

  • Damion Stewart


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With all but two of its fairways offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes at White Witch are carved through acres of lush green vegetation on Jamaica’s Rose Hall Plantation, just outside Montego Bay.

Interestingly, the layout is named after the “White Witch of Rose Hall,” Annee Palmer, who was an early 19th century mistress on the former sugar plantation, reputed to have practiced voodoo, abused her slaves and murdered three husbands!

The course opened in 2000, designed by Robert von Hagge, Michael Smelek and Rick Baril – the design firm was also responsible for the reworking of another old course next door at Cinnamon Hill – and holes are laid out on a wild, rocky part of the estate with intimidating carries and tumbling fairways.

The round begins with an eye-catching par five that gives notice of what lies ahead, plunging from the tee to a fairway that then rises sharply past bunkers on the right to a small, semi blind, pulpit green.

Towards the end of the round, many will remember the stunning par three 17th, where the white sand of the greenside bunkers contrasts sharply against the rich green of the putting surface with a lone tree in the background standing against the blue of the ocean.

The golf experience here is first class, from pewter bag tags inscribed with the visiting golfer’s name to white-suited caddies or “concierges” as they are called. Just don’t blame the ghost of Annee Palmer which is said to roam the estate for any of those three putts.

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Description: With all but two of its fairways offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes at White Witch are carved through acres of lush green vegetation on Jamaica’s Rose Hall Plantation... Rating: 5 out of 6

Played this course twice in January 2010. Have been fortunate enough to play a number of the world's best, and this would be in my top ten. The views are excellent, yes, but better yet is the beauty of the course itself. Gourgeous, undulating fairways that were in great shape. Challenging greens that you can't figure out without the advice of your caddy. Extreme changes in elevation. This is NOT a boring course! Yes, the caddies are just a little programmed, but like most Jamaicans, they are charming, fun and eager to please. Clubhouse service was also excellent. Enjoy the view, but forget food service. All-in-all, however, a first class golf experience.
January 21, 2010


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Stunning views do not make it a great course. Some good holes but basically too many similar holes, not as good as its sister course Cinnamon Hill! White Witch is a bit too manufactured and too many elevated t-shots. Caddies are too over the top. However, clubhouse and service are outstanding!
July 06, 2009


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danny
September 07, 2010
o m g the white witch is a great golf coures , the 10th hole off the back tees is one of the best par 5 you will play