Tryall Club golf course - 4th
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Tryall Club golf course - 4th
The fourth green of The Tryall Club hugs the Caribbean Sea near an inlet of the Flint River. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Tryall Club golf course - 3rd
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Tryall Club golf course - 3rd
The third hole at The Tryall Club doglegs left to finish at a green along the water. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 4th
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Tryall Club golf course - 4th
A wide-angle view shows off The Tryall Club's seaside par-3 fourth hole, which was added to the classic layout in 1992. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 6th tee
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Tryall Club golf course - 6th tee
The well preserved remains of a working 18th-century water wheel and aqueduct from The Tryall Club's days as a sugarcane plantation sits near the sixth tee. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 6th green
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Tryall Club golf course - 6th green
The elevated sixth green at The Tryall Club sits above a rocky stream bed. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 10th
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Tryall Club golf course - 10th
It's a downhill shot over the rock-walled drainage ditch on the par-3 10th hole at The Tryall Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 11th
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Tryall Club golf course - 11th
Take a look back at the tough par-5 11th hole from the 12th tee at The Tryall Club in Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 12th
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Tryall Club golf course - 12th
Stay left to avoid the bunkers on the par-3 12th hole at The Tryall Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 14th
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Tryall Club golf course - 14th
The 14th hole at The Tryall Club rolls downhill with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Tryall Club golf course - 17th
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Tryall Club golf course - 17th
The approach to the 17th hole at The Tryall Club must fly over the rock-wall drainage ditch. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

The Tryall Club: Jamaica's tournament-tested country club

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Only a couple golf courses in the Caribbean have a tournament pedigree on par with The Tryall Club .

Although the Trump International Golf Club in Puerto Rico hosts the modern-day PGA Tour, not even The Donald can attract the world-class fields the Johnnie Walker World Championship did at Tryall from 1991-95. The pictures of famous golfers, including Tryall's past champions -- Fred Couples (1991, '95), Nick Faldo ('92), Larry Mize ('93) and Ernie Els ('94) -- greet golfers in to the newly remodeled clubhouse.

It all started when Dow Finsterwald beat Peter Allis in the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in 1962 at Tryall, a Ralph Plummer design that opened just three years earlier. A unique competition pairing Senior Tour and LPGA Tour players ran from 1985-87 before the LPGA Tour took over from 1989-91.

Although the tournaments are long gone, the 6,836-yard Tryall Club continues to charm everybody who tees it up. The par-5 third hole turns left toward the Caribbean Sea, revealing the gorgeous setting for the fourth hole. The land for this 176-yard par 3 along the rocky shore was acquired in 1992 specifically for the tournament. It's a daunting task carrying the inlet of the Flint River, while fighting off the winds off the water, to safely reach the green.

The Tryall Club then climbs into the hills and jungle for a string of one good hole after another. Tryall's isolation 12 miles west of Montego Bay, well away from the other premier golf courses in Jamaica ( Cinnamon Hill , White Witch , Half Moon ), isn't such a hassle once golfers discover one empty fairway after another. Who wouldn't want a private Caribbean country club all to themselves for the day?

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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