Jamaica Golf

By Jim & Barbara Nicol

Jamaica's topography ranges from beautiful white sand beaches to the rugged ridges of the Blue Mountains. The island population is about 2.3 million. The rainy months are May and October, with temperatures of 70-88° at sea level and approximately 5° cooler in the mountainous area. The peak season is from mid-December through April.

Three 18-hole championship layouts are located in the Montego Bay area: the Ironshore, the Wyndham Rose and the Half Moon Golf Club. Two additional 18-hole courses can be found in the Ocho Rios region. The Kingston area has two more - The Caymanas and the Constant Springs Clubs. There is also a nine-hole affair located in Mandeville, the Manchester Club.

Spectator activities include cricket, horse racing, soccer and boxing. Of course, you can always just relax and do nothing more strenuous than lift a cool one.

While the language is English, it is strongly laced with Jamaican patois. The traffic pattern is also English. Be careful when driving, but also be sure to look in the correct direction prior to stepping off a curb. Not realizing that traffic is coming from the other direction can be extremely hazardous to your health.

Jamaica is only 90 minutes by air from the Florida coast and has international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston. Visitors must have a current passport.

Rental cars are available, as well as many different tours, including half-day and full-day trips. Medical facilities are excellent and available in each major area.

Many of the hotels do not accept children under 16 years of age. *

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