What began as an assignment to photograph the Pro Shop at Port Royal, like any outing in beautiful Bermuda, quickly turned to something a lot more. The shop, like the course, is well put together, but with bright blue skies and barely a breeze, we were compelled to take gear to the green.
Kim Swan, veteran golfer, teaching professional and Bermuda Magazine contributor, set us up with the right shoes, shorts, gloves and clubs and a golf pro to help perfect that swing.
Port Royal is not your average golf course. With breathtaking ocean views and world-class design, its famous 16th hole is widely regarded as one of the greatest par threes in golf. With a ravine dropping down to the Atlantic Ocean between the tee and the pin, it is also the most challenging. I can’t say my novice swing was powerful enough to see the ball over the drop, but under their tutelage, I was definitely headed in the right direction.
“Golf is an individual and personal experience,” Kim Swan explains, “and for true enjoyment one must learn how the golf swing applies to their own body structure, persona and learn to apply the fundamentals accordingly. As my late mentor Herman ‘Tucci’ Bascome always reminded me, “we are all different and unique, we are not baking cookies.” ”
One can spend many essential hours practicing that swing. An on-course delivery service is available courtesy of the Clubhouse restaurant, Bella Vista. “It’s pretty much on the course room service,” manager Gordon Reid tells us of their next-hole delivery service. Order on the 9th hole and they confidently promise delivery on the 10th. Each cart comes complete with a selection of menus and all food is in keeping with golf etiquette. Of course, you can take a pit stop at the centrally located Halfway House, or better still, hold out until the “19th hole.”
Ranked among the world’s best public golf courses by Golf Digest and named Bermuda’s finest course by the New York Times, Port Royal features 18 championship holes over 6,842 manicured yards, the longest and most picturesque course in all of Bermuda. Port Royal Golf Course has also hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009 to 2014.
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