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Pompano Beach Club

For over 50 years, one Bermudian destination has beckoned to travelers, unlike any other. With world class accommodations and amenities, jaw-dropping ocean views, and a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. championship golf course right next door, that destination is Pompano Beach Club. In all the Caribbean, there’s really nothing else quite like it.

The setting for Pompano is what dreams are made of. Perched atop a bluff that overlooks the Atlantic, the club is a prime spot for fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, and much more. Its exterior is a picture of relaxed beachside comfort, with calm pink tones and meticulously manicured flowerbeds around the grounds. Each room is colorful and breezy, with tons of window space designed to maximize the serenity and satisfaction that comes with gazing upon a Caribbean sunset. It’s as if Pompano wants to constantly remind guests that they are on vacation and deserve to be relaxed and comfortable.

Golf at Pompano is readily available to all who seek it. Port Royal Golf Course, a magnificent Robert Trent Jones, Sr. layout, is just a par-5 away from the resort’s entrance. Nearly $20 million has been spent on Port Royal to help transform it into a top-of-the-line course, and that money has already paid dividends. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be visiting Port Royal in 2009 and 2010. There’s no doubt that even the pros will be wowed by the 8th hole, Port Royal’s signature hole that treats golfers to a limitless water view.  The club is also able to arrange tee times at any other club on the island for those that prefer a little variety.

If you are planning a vacation to Bermuda, you could do a whole lot worse than Pompano Beach Club. With a heavenly location, superb golf, and amenities to boot, Pompano is a no-brainer choice for selective travelers. - Terrence Jordan

Golfing Magazine
Long Island/Metro NY Edition - Spring 2009

Bermuda-A Caribbean Golf Dream

Envision sitting on a fine bed of sand with warm ocean water gently lapping at your feet. The sun’s rays help relax you after a long day of golf.  Doesn’t this sound like a dream scenario?  In Bermuda, the dream is possible every day of the week.

Bermuda has it all—spectacular golf courses, exquisite restaurants, beautiful weather, and some of the finest beaches you will ever feel beneath your feet. With the icy winter New Yorkers have experienced, a place like Bermuda would seem to be an entire world away. In reality, Bermuda is only 750 miles from New York City, little more than a two-hour plane ride. If the anxiety of daily life doesn’t melt away on this short trip, it surely will soon after landing and stepping off the plane into the warm, fresh air. Bermuda’s restaurants vary in style and food types, but one thing is for sure, almost all of them will leave you with a satisfying taste in your mouth. Bolero Brasserie is one of many examples of fine dining with a warm atmosphere. The restaurant has a variety of meat, fish, poultry, and pasta dishes. Bolero Brasserie also has a bar, a stunning water view, and outside dining so you can bask in the sun as you salivate over your delicious meal. Another great place to dine is the Blu Bar and Grill. Outside dining is also recommended at Blu. Blu has a social hotspot of a bar and a menu that covers every base from pizza to steak to fresh fish. For those that can’t get enough food from the sea, The Lobster Pot is a family restaurant that will bring a smile to your face. Fresh local fish selections are delivered daily and prepared in a dizzying number of ways. Any self-respecting fish lover simply must begin their meal with a bowl of Bermuda fish chowder, then follow it up with a fresh catch of local fish. The children’s menu is a well-executed idea that cements The Lobster Pot as a go-to family restaurant. The preceding three restaurants are some of the better ones in Bermuda, but truth be told, you’ll be happy with nearly any of the dozens of establishments you might find. With such an idyllic location and climate, great Bermuda beaches are not hard to come by. A few that will certainly keep you busy are The Church Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Shelly Bay, and Tobacco Bay. Each of these beaches is composed of Bermuda’s famous aesthetically and tactilely pleasing pink sand and boundless stretches of beautifully clear blue water. Every beach has a set of activities that are perfectly suited to the climate, from snorkeling to parasailing to windsurfing. The weather in Bermuda rarely disappoints, with a year-round average temperature in the high 70s.  Water temperatures can reach 85 degrees in the summer. With weather like that, who needs the spa?

Of course, what would a vacation be without golf?
Bermuda delivers on the links front with more golf acreage per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and its courses are simply fantastic. Any of the following six golf courses are reason enough to bring your travel bag.  For more information on Bermuda, visit www.bermudatourism.com or call 1-800-Bermuda.

Belmont Hills Golf Club 
Belmont’s pristine fairways and greens are situated over a breathtaking view of the turquoise Atlantic Ocean. The course is more than just a pretty face, though, with demanding bunkers and lightning-fast greens. Belmont is exactly what a good golf course should be—a tough challenge that is visually appealing from tee to green. Tel: 441-236-6400 www.Belmonthills.com

Mid Ocean Club 
The best course in Bermuda is also one of its prettiest.  Mid Ocean has been consistently ranked among the top 50 golf courses in the world, and it’s easy to see why.  The Charles Blair Macdonald design is a shotmaker’s delight, one that has been the jewel of the Caribbean since its creation in 1921.  Though not insanely long (the blue tees measure 6,547 yards), a course rating of 72.8 lets you know that Mid Ocean is no walk in the park. This course is extremely private, but if you happen to be a guest here, bask in the enjoyment and opportunity of playing one of the great golf courses in the world.
Tel: 441-293-0330 www.themidoceanclubbermuda.com

The Fairmont Southampton Golf Club 
This 18-hole par-3 course is short in length (2,684 yards to be exact), but should not be taken lightly. The bunkers are stationed to incur maximum penalty on errant approach shots, while the two water hazards on the course can turn the psychological tide during a close match with a friend.  Though somewhat difficult, it is hard not to gaze at the beautiful surroundings on the course and unwind while you play.
Tel: 441-239-6952 www.fairmont.com/southampton
 
Ocean View Golf Course 
This course, aptly named for its ocean view, is a spectacular nine-hole adventure. The scenery is breathtaking and the golf is enjoyable through and through. After your round, you can replenish yourself at the bar and restaurant or make a pit stop at the pro shop. The Ocean View is perfect for those that want to leave some time in the day for other activities after golf.
Tel:441-295-9093 www.oceanview.bm
 
Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club 
Established in 1922, Riddell’s Bay has been providing golfing pleasure to Bermuda and its visitors for 87 years.  This 5,800-yard par-70 golf course not only provides scenic enjoyment, but also a true challenge.  The eighth hole is one of the best tests on the course, forcing golfers to hit to a green surrounded by water.  Big numbers are nothing to feel bad about here—few golfers make it through the eighth unscathed.
Tel: 441-238-1060 www.riddellsbay.com
 
Tucker’s Point Golf Club 
Tucker’s Point is a superb golf course with a test at almost every hole. The course never lets up, especially at the numerous water holes. Hole number nine is an especially difficult driving hole with its pond in the middle of the fairway. Adding to the course’s aesthetic appeal is a spectacular view of Castle Harbour and the open Atlantic on many holes.
Tel: 441-298-697 www.tuckerspoint.com