If you feel like playing a round of golf in a classical Bermudian setting then visit The Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club. This appealing 18 hole, par 70 course has been charming golfers since it first opened its doors in 1922. It is the oldest, longest running golf course on the island.
This private club is located in the east of the parish of Warwick. The course resides on a peninsula. It winds along its 5800 yards in length, with 600 yards at its widest point. The course has a trio of ocean holes and two ponds amongst its many obstacles. The first hole of the Riddell’s Bay Golf Course is considered one of the toughest in Bermuda. It has an elevated green, reached by way of a dog leg right. It is the perfect opening to an all consuming golf course, designed to delight and infuriate in equal measure. It is just what you are looking for if you feel like a round of golf. That’s why so many residents and tourists alike keep coming back.
Bermuda is without contest the golfers’ Mecca and you will have a hard time choosing which of the ten courses you want to play during your stay.
In Warwick, you will find the oldest and longest running course of Bermuda, the Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club. Opened in 1922, the course was designed by Devereux Emmet, a friend of famous golf course architect Charles Blair MacDonald (who designed the Mid Ocean Golf course, in Tuckers Town).
The setting, as for most of the golf courses in Bermuda, is breathtaking and you will enjoy playing in such surroundings. The Riddell’s Bay course is located on the Warwick peninsula and offers views of both the Little Sound and the Great Sound and its islands. With a length of 5,800 yards and a maximum width of 600 yards, the course can be very narrow and challenging.
The biggest obstacles for golfers on this par 70 are three holes right by the ocean, two ponds and the exposure to capricious winds that can change the game conditions at any time. The first of the 18 holes shares the title of the most difficult opener in Bermuda with that of the Mid Ocean Golf. This par 4 has an elevated green flanked by bunkers on the left and right and that is reached through a sharply dogleg. It is the longest hole with 424 yards and will require you to get focused and at your best right from the start.
The 8th hole, a par 4, is the course’s signature hole that requires accuracy without which you will be adding more balls at the bottom of the Great Sound. Incidentally, it provides you with the most beautiful scenery you can find on a green and a view of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. From the final hole, you get a wonderful view of the club house, a 150 year old farm reconverted and one of the finest example of the architecture of Bermuda.
Golfers from all parts of the world enjoy playing here.
“A older, shorter course that is wonderful to walk and has tremendous views and vistas. Challenge comes from smaller, firm greens, ever-present ocean breezes and water”,
wrote one of them on Trip Advisor.
The Riddell’s Bay Golf is the only one on the island to use electric golf carts – other courses use gas operated carts. Metal spikes are allowed on the green but only soft ones.
It is a private club only accessible to members, but like with many other private clubs, some hotels own memberships and can get their guests admitted.
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Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club, Warwick – Part of Elbow Beach Cycles ‘Things To Do’ in Bermuda series!
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