GolfPass Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
3.8
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.3
75.5%
Recommend this course
22 out of 27 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.0
8 Reviews (8)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.0
Value
2.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
50.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 8 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.8
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
71.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 14 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6758 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.0

The White Witch Course at Rose Hall is named after one of Jamaica's most famous legends, Annie Palmer who was called the "White Witch of Rose Hall." It is rumored that her spirit haunts the Rose Hall estate, including the golf course. Rather than a tropical setting, the course has a unique mountainous terrain but the vibrant foliage, tradewinds, and pleasant ocean views are still in keeping with its Caribbean location. The golf course is challenging with an intimidating layout that features dramatic elevation changes and numerous well-placed bunkers. Although it is a difficult course, its scenery makes it popular amongst all golfers.

Book a Tee Time at
White Witch Golf Course - Jamaica
Powered by GolfNow.com

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Tifway 419
Greens Tifdwarf Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect von Hagge, Smelek and Baril (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Most credit cards accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed Soft spikes only
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared Shirt & Non-denim shorts, skorts or slacks. No Bathing Suits, Short Shorts, Halter Tops, Heels, Jogging Shorts, Tank Tops, & T-Shirts

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.8
27 Reviews (27)
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

greens in terrible shape, fairways okay

Greens were sub par. Dried out and just plain dirt, didn't seem to have irrigation. Never seen greens that bad. Overpriced for the quality of the greens. Caddie was knowable and enjoyable. Pro shop was good.
Shape of the greens ruined our experience at White Witch. We arrived in Jamaica by cruise ship were very disappointed in our golf excursion.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

wish golf now was honest upfront

the course was nicely laid out, but the greens were dried up mud and I mean putting was like putting on a table top of dried mud with animal foot tracks sticking up .....so while I shot good getting to the greens, it made is impossible to score.
I think that golf now should have known this and let me know up front prior to booking that this was how this course was....Frankly I think they should return our money

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day of golf at White Witch.

Views were spectacular. Caddie Shawnee was very good. Greens rough for this time of year. Rest of course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens are in bad shape

Let’s start with the positive. Our caddy’ was amazing! The course was in bad shape. Also what upsets me is that when I booked this online on TeeOff app nowhere did it say there was a caddie fee or that the conditions of the greens would be like dirt. Such a shame. The course could be amazing with proper upkeep.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

Greens are appalling, even at a discounted rate wouldn't be recommending this to anyone. The staff were excellent and very welcoming / friendly but they should leave this course to recover and it needs a good 6-12 months before it gets to acceptable

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Whitchy course

A great track in the middle of nowhere. From Royal Caribbean cruise to the course and back was $120 including tip for 3. The course is hilly with great views. Definitely need to listen to the caddie especially when putting. Will play every time in Jamaica. Heard the sister course was in better shape since it stayed open during Covid and the Witch was closed. A good time there in any event.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wow!

Pros
1st - I have to start with the caddie. She was a God send as well as funny and charismatic. Ex. Grabbed a SW as my ball was in a green side bunker (30’ from hole) as I noticed she didn’t have it in her hand. She tells me no you’re putting this. Turn 90’ to the left towards me and putt like you’re 10’ away. Ball lands 6” away from the hole. Wild.

2nd - course layout was absolutely stunning. Elevation changes more intense than playing in Maui

3rd - they offer way more beer options than your resort will which will likely just be red stripe

Cons
1st - course condition was really poor although the reason was they were closed due to COVID. Luckily they are fully renovating it next month.

2nd - club rental options are Callaway and Nike. Was hoping for newer, higher quality, and more options like PXG, Titleist, Taylor Made. (Just bring your own)

Anyway, I would 100% recommend White Witch to anyone who’d ask me where should I play in Jamaica (especially after the renovation).

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing layout! Great staff

Probably in the Top 5 course “layouts” I have played. Punta Espada in Punta Cana was definitely #1 with 7 holes on the ocean but the views at White Witch are phenomenal.

You are up in the mountains in the jungle and it is up down and sideways. You won’t find many flat lies here or straight putts. So many elevated tees and a few blind shots, but the caddy will definitely help with that. My Caddy Dean was great and knew the greens very well.

Surprisingly he was pretty bang on with what clubs I should be hitting just from seeing me hit a few shots.

Definitely a GO PLAY. I used GolfNow and saved a bunch of $$!! They are doing a deal where they add the caddy for free (normally $15) as the course just reopened and there is definitely some bad areas on greens. The layout will blow you away and you will forget about the condition.

I calm it an amazing sightseeing adventure with some golf shots in between. Have fun!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

We love the White Witch!

One of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever played. The greens were a little rough but they are planing to start repairing them in April

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

HILLY COURSE

Nice course to play needs a lot of tender care on greens and fairways

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

White Witch just reopened

White Witch just reopened on 15 Dec after two years of closure. Conditions were somewhat rough but playable. Would give it some time.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Don’t make the witch mad….

The course overall was great, the greens were a mess and no one told us this until we got there. Our Caddie was excellent, her name was Nada, ask for her if you go there. If the spirit of the witch is not with you, she will let you know based on how you play 😂

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice place but I was misled.

I enjoyed the course greatly. My caddie was helpful and very knowledgeable with target lines and yardages adjusting for slope. There were some rough spots on the greens that must have been there for a long time. Generally the conditions were good although it was very dry.

The misleading component was that my golf now booking said the caddie fees were included but when I arrived they insisted that they were not included and I must pay. Since I don’t have international calling I couldn’t rectify with customer service.

I did cancel my tee time later in the week. Worth playing once. Not twice.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 123
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Steve’s review

Ok, a few of the greens was bumpy. Other than that excellent course, fantastic views, lots of drink, and the best round so far, 82. Play it, you will love it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The most beautiful course. The greens were a little rough because they were closed due to COVID. Eurica Wallace is the best caddy ever. We played three days and enjoyed it immensely.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

White witch

The course has just opened and the greens are in poor condition. Still a magnificent layout and good pace of play. Not sure the mandatory caddie is needed.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Just reopened - Still worth the play

The course had been left to overgrow since COVID but just reopened on 12/15/22; I played it roughly 3 days since reopening and I was ultimately glad that I did. It's definitely not the BEST course in Jamaica, nor in the MoBay area in it's current state (Cinnamon Hill came more highly reviewed by the staff), but you get 3 very distinct styles on this course; elevated ocean views, great mountain backdrops, and cool winding jungle layouts; definitely not something I think you'll find ANYWHERE ELSE on the island.

The fairways and tee boxes were all pretty much in "as expected" condition for the price point. Everything was cut tight, there were some problem spots but nothing that you wouldn't see anywhere else. The biggest issue were the greens and the bunkers. Some of the greens had bare spots/dirt/sand plaguing them, but you could tell the course is paying the right attention in an attempt to bring them back to full condition. Bunkers are likely going to need to be fully redone if they want to get a a mid $100 price point; none of them were playable while I was there.

Driving range was also still closed when I played but it looked awesome. The clubhouse needs a full overhaul as it's outdated and there wasn't much in terms of food options.

Overall the review I got was that Cinnamon Hill is in far better condition and likely best for those looking to maximize a single round of golf on the island, but the views and layout are likely more incredible at White Witch.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

White Witch

Some of the best views on a golf course you will find anywhere, almost every hole has something incredible to look at. Some of the greens aren’t in great shape, which they told us about before our round. The course conditions are not pristine like a top end US course, but it is more than playable; and you spend more time staring into the ocean than you do looking at the grass... if you are a golfer coming to Montego Bay you absolutely have to make this part of your trip!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Nearby Courses
Montego Bay, Saint James
Resort
4.5943823529
49
Montego Bay, Saint James
Resort
4.4
5
Montego Bay, Saint James
Resort/Private
4.9166666667
3
Golf Packages
FROM $687 (USD)
ST. LUCIA | Enjoy accommodations at any Sandals St. Lucia resort (Halcyon, Grande St. Lucia, or Regency Le Toc), unlimited golf at Sandals Regency Le Toc or Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, and an “all-inclusive” experience that includes: dining at any of the resort’s gourmet restaurants, unlimited premium liquors, and various water and land sports activities.
FROM $627 (USD)
JAMAICA | Enjoy accommodations at any Sandals Jamaica resort (Montego Bay, Royal Caribbean, Negril, Royal Plantation, Ochi, South Coast, or Dunn’s River), unlimited golf at Sandals Golf Club – Ocho Rios, and an “all-inclusive” experience that includes: dining at any of the resort’s gourmet restaurants, unlimited premium liquors, and various water and land sports activities.
FROM $787 (USD)
JAMAICA | Enjoy accommodations at Beaches Ocho Rios or Beaches Negril, unlimited golf at Sandals Golf Club – Ocho Rios, and an “all-inclusive” experience that includes: dining at any of the resort’s gourmet restaurants, unlimited premium liquors, and various water and land sports activities.
Now Reading