Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club
Update April 2016: Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club has closed down and ownership changed. Other than some potential residential project in future, there will be a 50 acre nature reserve here.
Riddell's Bay Golf and Country Club opened in 1922 and offered the first 18 hole golf course in Bermuda. The first hole here, a dogleg par 4, is supposed to be the most difficult one in the whole of Bermuda. Many of the other holes are placed very close to the waters making the course a fairly challenging one.
This is a 5,800 yards par 70 course sitting on a narrow peninsula and originally designed by Deveraux Emmett. He was the same architect who designed the famous Congressional Country Club in Washington DC, USA. However the course has gone through several renovations since its first design. The widest part of the of the peninsula and the course is about 600 yards.
Along with lovely water view of the Great Sound area, the course also offers plenty of challenges. There are two ponds and three ocean holes. It is the second hole from where you start getting the wonderful views of water.
However it's the 8th hole which is most interesting of all. It's a dogleg right. Unless you are accurate, there are high chances that the ball will drop into the Great Sound water area and will be lost for ever.
However the 12th hole has undergone a recent renovation where more challenges have been added like fairway bunkering, water off the tee and water hazards behind the green. And 17th hole is the most challenging par 3.
You get a lovely view of the club house with its pink building and white slanted roof from the final hole. The club house was originally a farm house and a great example of Bermudian architecture. It's over 150 years old and went through several renovations and additions in 1998 including expansions on dining room and locker room.
This is one golf course in the island where all carts are run on battery. Several other courses use gas operated carts.
There is a pro-shop which is well stocked with T Shirts, shoes etc.
The clubhouse has a members lounge overlooking the 18th green and a cedar bar.
The Bar and Restaurant in the clubhouse is quite excellent and has wonderful view of the course.
Golf Season: Year round
Rental clubs area available; Shoes with only soft spikes allowed
Rental carts available
Location and Direction
Address: 26 Riddel's Bay Road, Warwick Parish.
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club is about 8 miles from Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf).
While coming from dockyard, take the middle road, and after passing Gibbs Hill Lighthouse on your right, there will be a gas station and a shopping plaza on your left, and shortly there after take a left turn into Riddell's Bay Road. You will soon see the parking lot of the club on your right. While coming from Hamilton, take Middle road and before passing through Warwick proper and before the lighthouse, take a right into Riddell's Bay Road.
Buses come within a range of about a mile. But you can't carry your own clubs if you plan to come by bus. Take a taxi in that case. Bus is okay if you plan to rent the clubs.
Tee Time Booking and Inquiry
While this is a private club run on membership, visitors are also welcome to play a round of golf and use the facilities. You need to wear formal golfing attire - Bermuda type shorts, collard T shirts and soft spiked golf shoes.
Call the Pro Shop (441-238-3225) for Tee time reservations. Second number: (441) 238 1060
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