I played this golf course in March with my 14 year old son. I wasn't prepared to pay $175 each plus caddie, plus cab, plus extras, but when I received a price of $109 and children under 16 play for free, I jumped at the chance. This course has spectacular views and has many memorable holes. The golf course is an old sugar plantation built on the side of a mountain. It has lots of downhill and uphill shots and its very windy. Errant shots will end up in the jungle, but I didn't find it as intimidating as I had read. If you have played Kapalua on Maui (another Ritz Carlton Course) or Royal Westmorland in the Barbadoes, the experience is very similar.
The Golf - 3 out of the 5 par threes (2, 14 & 17) have a immediate wow factor. They are challenging and the views are spectacular. (I will personally add 11 as it was my only birdie for the round).
The par 4 9th is an incredible dogleg left - a drive of 230 is needed to clear the bunker on the left (listen to your caddie as it looks closer than it really is). I was 130 out, hit a perfect wedge to the front part of the green, but instead of it bouncing toward the hole, it spun backwards off the green and down the hill. Great hole - number one handicap
The par 4 15th is one of the best risk reward holes I have seen. You can drive is 240 over the waste area (from the blue tees) or hit an iron to the left. A very fun golf hole
The par 5 10th is 600 yards. Again those bunkers don't look very far, but listen to your caddie. The hole isn't as intimidating as it looks - a good drive - a lay up - a wedge and two putts.
The par 5 6th, I got my worst break. The cart path runs through the middle of the fairway at exactly 200 yards. I hit a perfect drive which ended on the cart path. The ball rolled down the path to the right and almost down the hill and out of play. Instead of going for the green in two from the middle of the fairway. I had to lay up
Caddie - Kendra was our caddie - she gave us the correct yardage - distance to the bunkers off the tees and showed us the breaks on the greens. I was inside 10 feet for birdie 4 times and only made one putt. I would like to blame Kendra, but my putting stroke is brutal. Listen to your caddie, Kendra told us on many drives to be on the left side. A couple of times I was right down the middle and my ball found its way to the rough. Most holes appear to slope to the right. Kendra was great, the caddies earn $20 a person and I gave her another $10. Not sure if this is expensive or not as it was the first time we used a caddie which is manditory
Staff - very friendly and eager to please. The pro gave my son a quick lesson on the driving range which was much appreciated, one of the employees took our shoes at the end of the round and gave them a cleaning, and the pro shop employee was very informative.
Food - not much to eat - we had a couple of hotdogs at the turn which were tasty and I bought our caddie a sandwitch. We could have bought a chocolate bar, chips, pop or Red Strip beer.
Junior Golfers - White Witch is very junior friendly. If your child can break 100 they will love to play this golf course and they won't feel intimidated by the difficulty. If they are just learning, they will enjoy playing a few holes here and there. I can't think of another championship golf course that allows junior to play for free and welcomes them with open arms.
Total Cost for my son and I - Golf $120 (with Tax) - caddie $50, Cab $43 (with Tip) from Riu resort, lunch $20, after golf snack $10, souvenir $10, other tips $5. Total $258 US. Probably less than you would pay for a 6 hour excurtion for two
Overall - this course is now on my top 10 list and I would definately return to play it again - even for $175.
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