Cinnamon Hill - Jamaica

Cinnamon Hill Golf,
Rose Hall Resort & Spa,
Montego Bay,

  • +1 876 953 2984

  • Dermot Connolly

  • von Hagge, Smelek and Baril

  • Robbie Ames

Visit for a golf holiday at Cinnamon Hill

Originally designed in the early 1970s by Henry Smedley, this course on the Rose Hall Estate hosted the Jamaican Open four times before it was renovated in 2002 by Robert von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, re-opening as the Three Palms course.

Sitting next door to the White Witch golf course, the now renamed Cinnamon Hill layout stretches to 6,637 yards with a par of 71 and, although it shares much of the same hilly terrain as its neighbour, it also manages to embrace the actual shoreline of the Caribbean Sea.

Built with the resort player in mind, Cinnamon Hill features an open, wind-swept front nine that leads to a tighter inward half where many of the fairways are bounded by thick vegetation.

Various ruins such as stone walls, gravestones and monuments are scattered around the course, but the most outstanding of all these is surely an impressive ancient aqueduct that once brought water to the estate.

“Majestic Blue,” the tough, par four 5th is the stroke index 1 and it often plays more like a par five as the wind blows from either left or right or slightly against. The fairway runs straight down to the sea with a green protected on three sides by the ultimate water and sand hazards – ocean and beach!

In 2012, a number of modifications were made to the course which included extending the size of five greens on the front nine, thus increasing the number of possible pin positions on these holes.

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Description: 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... Rating: 5 out of 6

Cinnamon Hill is a superb course with the most variety found anywhere in the Caribbean. Great variety of hole designs, owing probably to the original 1970 routing being followed when the course was rebuilt a few years ago. The 5th is the best par four in Jamaica. Caddies are excellent, pure Jamaican wisdom.
July 06, 2009

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Rick Baril
September 24, 2012
Much of the original routing was used. But, holes 2, 5,6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 are new golf holes - not in the original routing. Then, of course, many of the remaining holes were modified significantly. A few holes remain in the original corridor but were lengthened or the tee and/or green locations were modified. The course does have good variety. And, I think we improved the course overall, eliminating some awkward golf holes.
Rick Baril
September 24, 2012
Apparently there has also been a name change for some holes. Sadly, the 3rd hole's name has changed to "Barrett's Walk". Originally this hole was named, "Dead Ahead" - a classic and subtle way to inform golfers of the cemetary in front of them (actually located after the original #3 green). Of course, this worked perfectly with hole #4 - "Dead and Gone" - implying you were now leaving the area of the cemetary. Sad to see this change! These were my favorite hole "names" ever....