Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 5
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 5
There isn't a prettier hole in Jamaica than no. 5 at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Cinnamon Hill G.C. - hole 1
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Cinnamon Hill G.C. - hole 1
A round on Cinnamon Hill Golf Course starts off gently with a manageable par 5 at no. 1. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 2
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 2
Words of wisdom: Take an extra club on the second hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 6
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 6
Golfers must take on the Caribbean Sea to safely reach the sixth green on Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 7
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 7
It's a daunting approach over a ditch and rock wall to the seventh green at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 8
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 8
At 473 yards, the eighth hole is easily the longest par 4 at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course near Montego Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 10
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 10
It's best to hit a fairway wood or long iron on the narrow 10th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 12
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 12
Theresa Stark hits a tee shot on the uphill 12th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course during the "Annie's Revenge" Pro-Am in Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 14
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 14
The drive on the no. 1-handicap 14th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course must stay right to avoid treacherous sidehill lies. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 16
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - hole 16
Wise players just hit a 190-yard tee shot on the narrow 16th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - 17th
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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - 17th
The ruins of an aqueduct frame the 17th green, the ending point to a great risk-reward par 5, at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Cinnamon Hill GC - 18th
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Cinnamon Hill GC - 18th
It's an epic par-5 finish at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Sweet golf at Cinnamon Hill near Montego Bay, Jamaica

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Standing on Cinnamon Hill Golf Course 's fifth tee dissolves all the problems floating in your head. The 453-yard par 4, called "Majestic Blue," glides gracefully toward the Caribbean Sea.

From the fifth and sixth holes along the sea, to the 17th tee box 350 feet above the shore, no golf course in the Caribbean offers more variety of holes than Cinnamon Hill.

Robert von Hagge and partner Rick Baril re-made this original Henry Smedley design dating to 1969, building nine new holes and modifying others. It reopened as the Three Palms course in 2002 before being renamed Cinnamon Hill. The result is an interesting collection of old-school looks (like the narrow par 4s at no. 10 and no. 16) and modern brutes such as the new seventh, a dogleg right to a green perched above a rocky facade and hazard, and the new 14th, a downhill par 4 where a tee ball up the right side avoids a bunker and dreadful side-hill lies.

Ponds highlight the best par 3s at the new fourth hole and original 15th, where a dried-up waterfall was once featured in the James Bond film "Live And Let Die."

Back-to-back par 5s at no. 17 (with a green framed by the ruins of an aqueduct built in 1761) and no. 18 hurdle more jungle hazards. They team up for an inspiring risk-reward finish on one of the Caribbean's most fun courses.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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