The Belmont Hills Golf Club opened in 2003 after a complete overhaul by Algie Pulley. The Californian golf course architect took on the challenge of transforming the Belmont Golf and Country Club course and made radical changes. Over a period of 18 months thousands of tonnes of earth were shifted, tree planted, and lakes formed. It was the most profound golf course reconstruction project the island had ever witnessed.
The ingenious course favours the accurate golfer rather than the big hitter. It’s just over 6,100 yards in length but has tight fairways, numerous water hazards, and tough, undulating TifEagle greens. The 17th and 18th holes boast great views of the Great Sound, the large body of water between Hamilton and Dockyard.
You’ll really need to get your putting skills up to scratch to play this course. Lessons are available from resident pro Darron Swan and his team.
Players need to wear proper golf attire and soft-spiked golf shoes. Carts are mandatory until 3.30 pm.
Facilities include a pro shop stocked with high-end brands, snack bar, plus club rental and storage facilities. The onsite restaurant, the Blu Bar and Grill, is one of the best places on the island for steak and seafood.
The course is part of the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa. All guests staying at the hotel are entitled to a complimentary round of golf here. The course is actually around one mile from the hotel itself, but free transport is available.