Port Royal Golf Club#6 in Best Things To Do in Bermuda
If you like star sightings while you putt, then you should stomach the exorbitant green fees and book a tee time at the prestigious Port Royal Golf Course. This is the golf course of choice for vacationing celebrities and PGA greats. Originally designed by famed course architect Robert Trent Jones in 1970, the Port Royal Golf Course of Southampton Parish was refurbished in 2009 to the tune of $14.5 million. It now features resewn fairways and tee boxes, a new irrigation system and a grandiose clubhouse. At 6,842 yards, it is Bermuda's longest greenway.
You get what you pay for according to past golfers, who said the course is beautifully kept and in pristine condition. Although the course has incredible ocean views, many also agree that the course is extremely challenging and probably best avoided by beginners.
Non-members can book a tee time at Port Royal Golf Course up to seven days in advance. Cruise ship passengers can enjoy special packages in the summer. The course is public and open to all players daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Remember to don your best golf attire and only soft spiked golf shoes. Visit Port Royal's official website for more information on greens fees and more.
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#1 Horseshoe Bay Beach
Southampton parish's Horseshoe Bay is the most photographed (and famous) beach in Bermuda, making it hard to score a prime spot on the sand, especially if a cruise ship is in town. The blushing sand at Horseshoe is gorgeous at any time of year, but the water is chilly from September to May, so unless you enjoy a frigid dip, you should steer clear of the tide after Labor Day. But even in the colder months, Horseshoe is a great spot for a romantic stroll along the sand. And if you're in town during Easter you have to make a special trip to Horseshoe to see the beautiful handmade Bermudian kites flying high on Good Friday.
Recent Horseshoe Bay beachgoers said the views are stunning and the pink sand is breathtaking; some tout it as the best beach in Bermuda, which may be why many also complain about the heavy crowds. Travelers also warn that the ocean waters can be rough with a strong undertow. Luckily, you can rest easy with your kids playing in the waves because this beach employs lifeguards. Plus, Port Royal Cove offers an enclosed part of the beach that keeps the waves out. If you get hungry, there are plenty of beachside eateries to choose from.
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