Nestled in the foothills of Norbrook, one of Kingston’s most upscale residential areas, Constant Spring Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses on the island of Jamaica. The course was designed and constructed on an old sugar plantation in 1902 by Scottish-Canadian architect Stanley Thompson, who also built the Manchester Club in Mandeville, Jamaica. Originally, the course was only nine-hole, but was updated into a challenging eighteen-hole play in the early 1930s. The Caribbean has a rich history of hosting professional golf matches dating back to the 1960s. While the Dominican Republic rules the Caribbean with more seaside golf than any other island, Jamaica’s Constant Spring Golf Course boasts a challenging series of narrow fairways, well-placed bunkers, gullies, and ponds.
There is something intriguing, yet exclusionary, about a golf course — perfectly manicured blades of unending grass underneath a sea of white polo shirts and khaki shorts. Golf clubs are usually a symbol of formality and tradition. Golf transcends its status as just a game, and can be seen as a catalyst for improving the quality of life and building sturdy relationships amongst friends and colleagues. It has been said that the biggest business deals are made on the green. Very few activities allow four to six hours of uninterrupted time to observe current or potential clients’ strategic mindset and ability to navigate challenges.