With a history full of adventurous spirit and exploration, it’s no surprise that this rock We call Bermuda is a haven for thrill-seekers looking to enjoy all manner of Water and land activities. A combination of natural elements — the sea, island geography and climate — and a rich sporting tradition have instilled in native Bermudians a love of everything sport. That is immediately apparent to visitors looking to take advantage of beautiful surroundings and sporting infrastructure to test their limits against nature or fellow competitors. earthly pursuits Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country CluB holds the distinCtion of BeinG the oldest Course in Bermuda. A vacation shouldn’t necessarily mean all rest and no play, and in Bermuda the land sports and pastimes are second to none. Golf It has been said that Bermuda has more golf courses per square smile than anywhere else, an assertion bolstered by the diversity and beauty of its courses. The island’s fairways and greens have attracted luminaries of the sport, celebrities and even politicians — including U. S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, as well as numerous members of the British Royal Family and British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath. Another lure for golf aficionados are the tournaments held in Bermuda, highlighted by the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Oct. 22–24, 2012) at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton. Billed as the most exclusive tournament in the world, the Grand Slam invites only the four winners of golf’s top tournaments — the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship — to face off in a 36-hole event for a $1.35 million purse. An estimated 89 million viewers in more than 100 countries tune in to watch the tournament, which has been held since 1979. For more information on golf, contact the Bermuda Golf Association. (295-9972, bermudagolf.org) CriCket The Bermudian summer would not be complete without the Cup Match Cricket Festival held during Emancipation Day and Somers Day (August 2–3, 2012). The event draws thousands of fans, and the distinctive crack of the cricket ball against bat, followed by the roar from the stands, reverberates across the islands as it is transmitted via radio, television and the Internet throughout all of Bermuda. Whilst the Cup Match electrifies the islands, the festival involves more than sport with a host of activities planned, including calypso, reggae and hip-hop concerts and the traditional wearing of outlandish fashions during the holidays. The festival originated in 1902, when Somerset Cricket Club, now dressed in dark blue and red, took on St. George’s Cricket Club, in light blue and dark blue. The clubs take turns hosting the event, with this year’s match to be held at the Somerset Cricket Club. The Bermuda Cricket Board (bermudacricketboard.com), Established in 1938, governs, promotes and develops cricket on the island. Running If Bermuda represents the ultimate “destressing” getaway, then the pinnacle of its anxiety-busting ways can be found along trails ideal for hiking or jogging. The trails traverse parks, preserves, beaches, ponds and even run along railroad tracks, assuring that one can lose their worries without losing their way. Principal amongst the trails is the Bermuda Railway Trail, following the same path as the passenger system used in 1930s and 1940s. The trail was reborn in 1984 and offers spectacular views of nearly every parish for individuals as they walk, run or ride along its path. The most popular sections weave through Paget, Southampton and Sandys. Another trail runs the four miles from Royal Naval Dockyard to Somerset Village, passing Gilbert Nature Reserve and the Royal Naval Cemetery. Those looking for more of a challenge will want to visit the island during the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, typically held in January and featuring the invitational mile, a 10K, 10K charity walk, half-marathon, marathon and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. (296-0951, bermudaraceweekend.com) CyCling A great way to get your cardio workout whilst in Bermuda, and avoid traffic, is to bike the Bermuda Railway Trail. Long rides, twisting roads and beautiful sights make for a rewarding experience. Numerous resorts provide bikes, which Bermudians refer to as “pedal bikes” to differentiate from those with motors. Speaking of which, scooters and mopeds are a quintessentially Bermudian way to get around, albeit with less effort. To rent a scooter you have to be at least 16 years of age, wear a helmet and remember to drive on the left. Many scooter shops will deliver to your hotel. Oleander Cycles maintains locations all around the islands — Paget, Hamilton, Southampton, St. George’s and Royal Naval Dockyard. Wheels Cycles in Hamilton also delivers and picks up, and Offers personal training in the handling of scooters. And for one of the newest rental fleets on the island, contact Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. Tennis Tennis is considered a national pastime in Bermuda, and with over 100 courts sprinkled over the islands it’s not hard to find a court when you’re in the mood for some ground strokes. The sport has a long history in Bermuda, starting in 1873 when Sir Brownlow Gray built the island’s first court. Tennis balls can be seen flying across the islands during the day and night, as most courts are lighted. Lessons start at $20 to $30, with racquet rentals also available. Proper tennis attire is preferred. For information on tournaments, contact the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association. (296-0834, email@example.com) RugBy The rugby season runs from October to April, with fans and players able to enjoy two types of rugby: league rugby for professional players and rugby union for amateur teams. International rugby on the island began in 1972, and its most important competition, the World Rugby Classic, started in 1988. Teams have traveled throughout the world to participate. The event continues to grow every year. In 2012, it takes place from Nov. 10–17. (295-6574, worldrugby.bm)
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