WHITE WITCH (876-518-0174)
Jamaica golf course review
With the addition of the White Witch, Montego Bay, Jamaica now features 4 tremendously high quality golf courses, all within a half hours drive of one another (the other three are Tryall, Half Moon and Three Palms). Coupled with a great variety of upscale accommodation choices, this area has to be considered THE golf destination in the Caribbean.
White Witch is situated on 600 acres of lush greenery and rolling countryside. Panoramic sea, mountain and island views abound as
this course winds its way through the mountains of Jamaica’s historic Rose Hall Plantation. As Caribbean golf courses go, this may be
the most spectacular! We were absolutely blown away by the panoramic vistas, extraordinary layout, outstanding conditioning from tee
to green, and premier service. Caddies at White Witch not only take care of your clubs, but are trained to be informative guides as well.
Our caddie, Lloyd Alexander was exceptional - providing information that was immensely helpful, and working hard to help us enjoy our round.
The opening hole plays from an elevated tee and doglegs right to a narrow landing area. Four fairway bunkers and five more on the right side
lead the way to an undulating green. The view from the tee box is breathtaking on what is the number 1 handicap on the course. The
second is a pretty, downhill par three, that is nearly all carry over water. 1 or 2 clubs less will do well here. A downhill
dogleg right follows, overlooking the Caribbean on every shot. Bunkers right and jungle left warrant consideration.
From an elevated tee, the 453 yard par four 5th presents incredible views of the sea below. Stay focused and be
satisfied with par/bogie here. The fifth plays uphill and straight, with bunkers left and mounding right of the fairway.
There are rock outcroppings on both sides. Number 6 also plays uphill
off the tee, but is generally downwind. The fairway is narrow and the green is well protected by bunkers. A formidable dogleg right par 4
follows. Aim just left of the boulders on the right side of the fairway and try to land your approach on the correct portion of this double-
tiered putting surface. A gorgeous mountain backdrop frames the green of the mid-length par three 8th. Bunkers right and mounding
left will get your attention. Concentration here may be difficult, as this is one of the most spectacular views on the course. The ninth
provides a great finish to the front. The tee shot on this 420-yard dogleg left par four drops 150 feet, and is followed by a challenging
approach to perhaps the trickiest green of the layout. Par is great here.
The back nine is a bit shorter but every bit as challenging as the front. This is apparent as you approach the tenth tee, which is an
outstanding par five and one of the toughest holes on the course. This dogleg left plays downhill with lots of obstacles along the way. There are 6 bunkers
along the left side and 3 more to the right, in front of the green. At 621 yards from the tips, you may be tempted to
cut the distance by playing your tee shot left, which demands a longer carry over the ravine. The fairway slopes left so we recommend
that you use caution on the first two shots. The eleventh is the shortest and easiest hole on the course. Bunkers and jungle surround
the hole, with the beautiful Caribbean in the background. Twelve is a short par four that plays uphill. Aim to be short or near the middle
of the green on your approach, as anything long will be a difficult recovery. The thirteenth has some bite. This 427-yard par four bends
slightly left and plays uphill. The banks of the green on both sides will funnel the ball to the center, but trouble lurks if you miss the
putting surface right or left. The 164 yard par three 14th is spectacular.
It features a 100-foot drop off the tee, and a pond in front of the green that must be carried. Reaching the putting surface is only half
the battle, as this one is difficult to read. Consult your caddie on this one. The fifteenth is one of the most interesting holes on the course,
presenting a choice of two fairways. Long hitters may elect to go right for the green. A 235 yard tee shot from the mid tees will carry the
water hazard and leave a short wedge approach. The safe bet is to play the left fairway (about 220-230 yards) and leave yourself a 110-yard downhill approach. The green is
depressed, with mounding funneling most shots
towards the center. This is a classic risk/reward hole. The par five 16th is an extreme dogleg left that will require a 3 shot approach for
most players. There is not a lot of room for error along the way. The green is triple-tiered - so accuracy is a priority. Seventeen is the
White Witch signature hole - a breathtaking downhill par 3 with
picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea. The tee shot must carry a deep ravine while dealing with a variable wind. Four bunkers guard
the green and bailout areas are small. This is followed by a challenging closing hole. Bunkers and heavy bush lead the way to a putting
surface that is the highest point of the golf course. Before leaving, take a look at holes 1 - 10, with the Caribbean Sea in the background.
In fact, we recommend a drink, snack or meal on the clubhouse terrace, which features
stunning views of this incredible layout. You can see the Rose Hall property, the Wyndham Resort and the magnificent Ocean from high on the hilltop. It does not get any better than
this! White Witch is a golf destination in itself.
A wonderful complimentary grass range and plentiful practice green are on property. Shuttle
service to and from the Ritz Carlton (and taxi’s to other properties) are available. An experience here is well worth the price. We HIGHLY recommend a round here!