Jamaica

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Jamaica, home of the Rastafarian movement, gained independence from the UK in 1962 and it’s the third largest island in the Caribbean, with most of its near 3 million inhabitants housed in the towns that are strung out along its coastline.

An ideal all year round holiday destination, it’s little wonder that tourism is Jamaica’s largest industry, welcoming over a million visitors annually to the main resort centres of Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio and the South Coast.

Cricket, football, athletics, basketball and horse racing are all popular Jamaican sporting activities and golf is also popular with locals and, of course, with the many visitors who come to enjoy the island’s reggae rhythms, rum punch and mouth-watering seared jerk.

There are only ten golf courses in Jamaica following the closure of Ironshore a few years ago, and most are well worth playing. There’s even an antiquity in the popular resort town of Mandeville.

The 9-hole (18 tee) Manchester Golf Club can trace its roots back to 1865 which makes it the oldest layout in the Caribbean and perhaps even the Americas. According to the Stanley Thompson Society, The Toronto Terror updated the course in 1930 with “periodic fine tuning thereafter, as well as planning for 9 additional holes” which were never built.

Our Caribbean and Atlantic Islands rankings were last updated in February 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Jamaica

Tryall

1st Jamaica Ranking

The Tryall Club opened in 1958 and was one of the first golf courses of real character to be built in the Caribbean.

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White Witch

2nd Jamaica Ranking

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...

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Cinnamon Hill

3rd Jamaica Ranking

Originally designed in the early 1970s by Henry Smedley, Cinnamon Hill hosted the Jamaican Open four times before it was renovated in 2002 by Robert von Hagge...

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Half Moon

4th Jamaica Ranking

Laid out on the foothills that tumble down to the coastline just outside Montego Bay, Half Moon golf course has held a number of prestigious local competitions, including the Jamaica Open...

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Runaway Bay

5th Jamaica Ranking

More than half a century has elapsed since the much-travelled British architect Commander John Harris set out the Runaway Bay golf course in 1960 and it’s still a challenging layout...

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Sandals

6th Jamaica Ranking

Laid out on rolling Jamaican terrain, the course at Sandals is characterised by narrow fairways with few forced carries and small greens...

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