Golf at Belmont reputedly dates back a hundred years when the property was called Belmont Manor. But today, it’s called Belmont Hills Golf Club and it opened its tees for play in 2003 after a major renovation.
Today's Belmont Hills is part of the luxury Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa and the course was designed by Californian Algie Pulley and the earth certainly moved. The original course was flat and featureless, but it’s most definitely not flat anymore. As it’s name suggests, Belmont Hills is now rather hilly and this came about following the island’s most extensive golf course rebuilding project.
Belmont Hills now affords panoramic views across Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound. The course is beautifully maintained and heavily bunkered with a couple of man-made ponds. The USGA style greens are multi-tiered and slick. Make sure you have your very best putting boots on when you visit the fabulous new Belmont Hills Golf Club.
My wife and I played this course during the week of the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (hosted in Bermuda at Port Royal Golf Club). We found the course relatively short, not unusual on Bermuda, but challenging and beautifully presented. Some holes can be quote narrow and my best advice is to leave the driver in the bag and play conservatively. The real defence of the course comes in the form on very undulating greens, land on the wrong side of one and expect a very tricky putt. Post game food options were a little disappointing but tasty enough never the less. Overall I would recommend this course and would not hesitate in going back. In my opinion it is a more enjoyable track than Riddell's Bay Golf Club and if your golf isn't up to much on the day you can always enjoy the vistas of Hamilton.