Tiny Bermuda has the most golf courses per square mile of any nation on earth, and the crown jewel of this collection is the Mid-Ocean Club (441-293-0330). Ranked as one of the top-100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine, the club packs in surprising elevation changes, dramatic coastal exposures, dense inland vegetation, and patience-testing ponds.
Next door is Bermuda’s newest layout, the 6,361-yard Tucker's Point Club, rebuilt on the site of the much inferior Castle Point course. Tucker’s calling card is its drop-dead gorgeous viewsit sits on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by brilliant turquoise reefs. Be forewarned: As short as the course appears on paper, it’s super-dangerous (for golf balls, anyway). A whopping six holes play along the rugged, windswept coast.
Finally, there’s Riddell's Bay, placed on a narrow peninsula with five holes dropping directly down to the sea and several more running along the coast. While Tucker’s and Mid-Ocean sit side by side on the northeast coast, Riddell's is at the opposite western end of Bermuda, just south of Hamilton.
All three of these courses are technically private, but that status rarely affects vacationers. Most concierges can easily arrange tee times, and the island’s top hotels even own memberships for their guests to use. To be safe, ask about booking tee times when making your hotel reservations.