I was in Montego Bay last week and was able to sneak out to play a few times. Before the trip I was surprised not to find much on here; hope this helps anyone planning something in the future.
I played twice at the Half Moon golf course. Rate ~$160 + $40 forecaddy gratiuity. Pretty decent Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout. They’ve hosted mini-tour and Carribean events. The conditions were good, not great… above-average for a muni, not nearly well-groomed country club standards. They have a really nice range (with really shitty old yellow pinnacle balls) that’s free to use if you’re staying at Half Moon. I played a black/white combo of ~6800 yards. (somewhere between 75.1/131 & 72.1/129). The layout is fun and interesting enough, typical parkland style. Some good views but you’re not right on the ocean (like 1000 yards inland), and 5 holes border a pretty busy highway. The final 5 holes were brutal both days, long and dead into the wind. Best part of the experience was generally having the range & course to myself each time I visited (and the sub 2.5 hour round times). In total, wasn’t blown away but would return if vacationing nearby again. (related footnote, the restaurant adjacent to the clubhouse (‘The Sugar Mill’) was awesome and is apparently one of the best on the island.)
I played one round at Rose Hall’s ‘The White Witch’. White Witch is insane vacation golf. The views are unreal. You drive up a very steep mountain hillside to get to it, and play 18 holes with crazy elevation changes throughout. Rate was ~$130 + $50 forecaddy tip. Caddies here seemed a little bit more seasoned than the guys at Half Moon. The course is not walkable, would be borderline ‘impossible’/dangerous to traverse some of the terrain between holes without a cart. I played ~6700 yards, 74.0/139. Conditions were not great, but they had just redone some of the front nine greens, and it rained a lot the day I was there…but the views are so killer that they were an easy afterthought. A lot of blind uphill approach shots, tons of tough driving holes where missing the fairway and 5 yards of bordering rough is certain lost ball. I enjoyed the experience but would not want to play here everyday and have my teeth kicked in.
I was disappointed not to get out to the course adjacent to White Witch, Cinnamon Hill, which has less-difficult elevation changes and some cool points of interest (plantation ruins, some waterfall from a Bond movie, an old Johnny Cash home) but choose to do Half Moon a 2nd time in lieu of what was going to be a crowded day of teetimes at Cinnamon.
Similarly bailed on a longer drive to Tryall Club when the tee sheet wasn’t wide open.
In total, 3 rusty winter rounds at 2 beautiful courses, both worth hauling your clubs to if heading that way and hoping to sneak in some golf.