In the 1950s, this was a club for African Bermudians. Later, as other clubs started to admit black players, the course was neglected and fell into disrepair. Ocean View's reputation for spotty maintenance lives on despite a $2-million renovation that vastly improved the course. However, the course is nicer than many people expect. In the center of Bermuda, in Devonshire Parish, the course offers panoramic views of the ocean from many of its elevated tees. Many golfers consider the terrain unpredictable; that, combined with rambling hills, makes the course more challenging than it appears. A few holes have as many as six tees. Winds from the Great Sound can have a greater effect on your score than you might think. The green on the 162m (177-yd.), par-3 5th hole has been cut into the coral hillside. Because the hole is draped with semitropical vines, golfers sometimes have the eerie feeling that they're hitting the ball into a cave.
On weekdays, this course tends to be the least crowded on Bermuda. Greens fees are $85 for 18 holes and $70 for 9 holes. Golf shoes (soft spikes) are mandatory and rent for $10.
- © Frommer's 2013