White Witch Golf Course - hole 1
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 1
The first tee of the White Witch Golf Course overlooks an incredible par 5 and the Caribbean Sea. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 2
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 2
The 189-yard second hole is the longest of the five par 3s on the White Witch Golf Course in Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 3
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 3
The third hole on the White Witch Golf Course tumbles downhill between several rock formations to the green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch GC - hole 4
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White Witch GC - hole 4
A bunker fronts the fourth green of the White Witch Golf Course in Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 8
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 8
The 183-yard eighth hole at the White Witch Golf Course plays slightly uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 9
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 9
The clubhouse overlooks the ninth green of the White Witch Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 10
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 10
The 10th hole of the White Witch Golf Course sweeps left off of an elevated tee to reveal this view. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 11
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 11
The par-3 11th hole at the White Witch Golf Course features a big green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch G.C. - 14th
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White Witch G.C. - 14th
It's a jungle out there on the par-3 14th hole at the White Witch Golf Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 15
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 15
The 15th hole on the White Witch Golf Course plays as a risk-reward par 4. Big hitters hit over a ravine toward the green, while others lay up to the fairway up the left side. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - hole 17
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White Witch Golf Course - hole 17
The signature shot of the White Witch Golf Course comes at the 17th, a beautiful par 3 of 161 yards. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch G.C. - hole 18
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White Witch G.C. - hole 18
Keep the ball as far left as you can on the 18th hole of the White Witch Golf Course, otherwise a sloping fairway might kick it into the jungle. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
White Witch Golf Course - 18th green
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White Witch Golf Course - 18th green
Views of the Caribbean Sea accompany a round at the White Witch Golf Course, from the stunning opening tee to the final green seen here. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

The White Witch Golf Course in Jamaica: Wicked and wonderful

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Legend has it that Annie Palmer -- the "White Witch" of Jamaica's Rose Hall Estate who supposedly murdered three husbands and countless lovers -- was wicked and beautiful.

The same adjectives apply to the White Witch Golf Course , a hauntingly gorgeous Robert von Hagge design set on 200 acres of the 4,000-acre Rose Hall Plantation 20 minutes east of Montego Bay.

The relentless jungles of the 6,758-yard, par-71 course treat golf balls with callous and disdain, discarding them like Palmer did husbands. Palmer's ghost is said to haunt the grounds and 19th-century Great House, so blame her for any bad shots throughout the round. No matter how poorly you play, the beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea tend to melt away any hard feelings toward Jamaica's premier course.

The White Witch, floating high in the hills above the shore, starts off with one of the best opening elevated tees in golf. The drive on the 550-yard par 5 will feel like it's in suspended animation, flying for a few seconds before dropping downhill against the backdrop of the sea. The faraway panoramas of the water rarely disappear, even when players venture deeper inland into the jungle.

The par-3 17th tee returns again to stare directly at the sea, creating the kind of perfect setting that explains why so many men became victims of Palmer's deadly good looks.

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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