This Robert Trent Jones design at Rose Hall dates back to 1961 and it underwent a renovation in 2004 by Roger Rulewich, one of RTJ’s protégées, when he installed multiple tee complexes and repositioned a number of fairway and greenside bunkers.
Laid out on the foothills that tumble down to the coastline just outside Montego Bay, Half Moon has held a number of prestigious local competitions, including the Jamaica Open, the Dunhill Cup Final of the Americas, and the Red Stripe Pro-Am.
With a par of 72 and measuring between 5,148 and 7,119 yards, depending on which of four tees are selected at each hole, Half Moon is capable of providing a relaxed, holiday game from the forward markers or a serious golfing challenge from the back pegs.
The Half Moon Resort has joined forces with the White Witch at the Ritz-Carlton Resort and Cinnamon Hill Oceanfront course to offer a fantastic 54-hole playing package that’s well worth consideration.
RTJ design that is a demanding course that has stood the test of time since early 60's. First timers will be frustrated and confused with the layout and if the wind is blowing the scores will soar.
The key to this layout is to make your first visit an exploratory one. Keep as close to the bunkers as you can. RTJ courses always have the best routes to the hole closest to the bunkers. The greens are quite undulating so being on the correct level is key to not 3-putt. Bermuda greens also are tricky as the landscape and the break may not coincide.
One of the best courses in the Caribbean.
Almost like a computer simulation of a Caribbean course. Every hole flanked by palm trees. Didn't originally book to play this as looked a bit of an up and down by a Road rather than being by the sea like the others but a chef at our resort recommended it so managed to wangle a fourth round in the fortnight AND glad we did.
Very nice experience - and what a halfway house. Caddie also very good