Far from a fad or a passing trend, the sheer number of women taking up golf has prompted the industry to take notice. Many renowned resorts and golf clubs now offer clinics, lessons and even women’s programmes, so female golfers can learn all about the physical, technical and mental aspects of the game — often from female professionals. And honing in on this segment of the market is not just good business for the courses. Female golfers are inclined to combine their time on the greens with everything else a destination can offer, including spas, shopping, dining, cultural activities and, of course, the simple chance to unwind amidst beautiful surroundings — cocktail in hand. A great destination in its own right, Bermuda has all the ingredients necessary for an unforgettable vacation, and the nine courses spread across its 21 square miles — the highest concentration in the world — make it particularly enticing for golfers. Its world-class fairways have hosted many of the sport’s luminaries, as well as a number of prestigious tournaments, including the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course. Ranked amongst the world’s best public golf courses by Golf Digest, Port Royal is the longest and arguably most beautiful course on the island. It boasts stunning ocean views from nearly every hole — including the crescent-shaped 16th hole that’s surrounded on nearly all sides by the Atlantic Ocean — a luxurious clubhouse and a full-service pro shop, making it the destination of choice for countless golf enthusiasts. A 300-yard oceanfront driving range, chipping area, practise bunker and full-range of lessons address the needs of golfers at all skilllevels. And ladies looking for a place to swing their clubs can add Port Royal to their short-list. Their already robust instructional programme now also includes lessons and refresher courses specifically for the female golfer, whether she’s just starting out or already has a few championships to her name. The oldest golf course in Bermuda, Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is a private club where the members have fostered a community that welcomes all golfers — including visitors. Built in 1922 by Devereux Emmet, the 18-hole course winds along a peninsula which, at its widest point, only measures some 600 yards, providing golfers with both breathtaking views and a magnificent challenge. While Riddell’s Bay doesn’t have a dedicated female golf programme, ladies who want to hit the greens with a group of friends or family members are encouraged to call and provide the details about their group. Scot Roy and the team of golf professionals at Riddell’s Bay are prepared to create a customised programme suited to meet the needs of each individual group. And if you are lucky enough to visit Bermuda on a regular basis, a membership at this course may be worth your while. In addition to all the services enjoyed by those who join the club, members groups like Weekday Ladies and Weekend Ladies offer regular match and medal competitions in various formats. These social groups are well organised, allowing avid female golfers to practise their swing and also mingle with like-minded individuals.
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