This golf course is a part of Tucker’s Town, an area located between St. George’s Harbour and Castle Harbour, in the parish of St. George.
The course gets its name from the fact that this was where Tucker, a Bermuda governor, intended to build a rival port to St. George’s.
However, due to its exposure to weather, the site failed to attract many settlers and the town was never built. The course is now called Tucker’s Point Golf but still known as the Castle Harbour Golf Club, especially to those who played it before 2002.
The original designers of the course were the famous Charles Bank and Robert Trent Jones, as well as the Californian Algie Pulley who added amendments later. The course passed from a 18-hole to a 9-hole a few times: it started as a 18-hole course in 1928, before being cut back to a 9-hole course during the Second World War.
It was reopened by the Governor of Bermuda at the end of 1959 as a 18-hole, par-71 and 6,440 yards course. But at the beginning of 2000, when the Castle Harbour Hotel closed, it reverted to a 9-hole again. Finally, after a revamp, the golf course was reopened in 2002 as an 18-hole as it is now.
The Castle Harbour Golf Club now is one of – if not the most – scenic courses in Bermuda, with every hole offering great views of the Atlantic Ocean. It might seems a relatively short course (6361 yards, par 70) but it is a very challenging one, even for the most experience players. The two large hills around which the course is laid out can cause problems if you miss the flat landing areas. The very undulating greens and the trees around the fairways also offer interesting challenges.
The opening hole suggests the tough nature of the course, with a 330-yard, par 4 hole with trees on the left and water on the right. The signature holes are the numbers 13 and 17, with panoramas of the north coast and the west end of the island respectively, with superb sunsets and views of Tucker’s Town and Castle Island.
Tiff-Eagle hybrid grass was used to rebuild all the greens, giving the course a faster and better surface than it used to be, a feature that those looking for a challenge will appreciate. You will also find new practice facilities such as a driving range, a practice putting green and an area to practice your short game, a useful facility before taking on the main course.
The golf course is part of a complex that has a beach as well as a tennis club. Even though it is a private club, membership is not always necessary: the club accept visitors if you book in advance, and you should also check with your hotel if they are members.
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