Top Golf Teachers Star at Half Moon Jamaica

Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, aerial view

Eclipse at Half Moon is the newest addition to an extensively remodelled resort that numbers among the most luxurious in the Caribbean. (Image: Half Moon Jamaica)

David Leadbetter leads a cast of acclaimed golf instructors recruited for a series of week-long clinics at Half Moon Jamaica, one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts.

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to visit Half Moon Jamaica, now the luxurious Caribbean resort has launched a series of guest clinics by acclaimed golf instructors, including David Leadbetter.

The five instructors recruited by Half Moon, home to a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. course, will bring their specialized teaching skills to clinics geared for everyone from beginning golfers to talented veterans. Private lessons will also be offered.

David Leadbetter golf instructor

David Leadbetter is one of five top teaching professionals recruited by Half Moon Jamaica for a series of clinics. (Image: @davidleadbetter)

Leadbetter heads a cast that includes Gary Gilchrist, Michael Manavian, James Ridyard and Nick Starchuk.

“They all have slightly differing approaches to instruction,” Half Moon’s director of golf, Kevyn Cunningham, says of the lineup. “This really is a dream team of instructors.”

Both Leadbetter and Gilchrist have coached multiple major championship winners. Manavian is a leader in applying 3D motion-capture technology to golf instruction. Starchuk operates one of Canada’s most successful golf academies. And Rudyard ranks among the game’s top short-game experts.

Half Moon’s guest instructor series launches with weeklong visits by Gilchrist and then Manavian in October and December 2021, before concluding with appearances by Starchuk, Leadbetter and Ridyard in 2022.

Located near Montego Bay on Jamaica’s dramatic north coast, Half Moon takes its name from the property’s famous crescent-shaped beach of pure white sand, which in 1954 inspired investors to turn an abandoned sugar plantation into one of the world’s elite resorts. Famous guests have included Queen Elizabeth II, and Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, who enjoyed a month-long visit here just prior to his inauguration as U.S. president in 1961.

The 400-acre resort sprawls across some of the most beautiful terrain in the Caribbean. Accommodations at Half Moon include rooms and suites, as well as elegantly accessorized four- to seven-bedroom private villas, each with a pool and full-time staff.

Half Moon golf course Jamaica

Half Moon Golf Club is a lushly tropical Robert Trent Jones Sr. design opened in 1961 and later restored by Roger Rulewich. (Image: Half Moon Jamaica)

Lavishly renovated over the past decade, Half Moon is heavily promoting its newest expansion, Eclipse at Half Moon, featuring 57 luxury accommodations, two restaurants, three bars, a market café, a Salamander spa, and an infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking a private cove.

But the focus of golfers is naturally on Half Moon Golf Club, a lushly tropical Robert Trent Jones Sr. design opened in 1961 that flows seamlessly through gentle foothills just beyond the craggy coastline. Jones’s former design associate, Roger Rulewich, completed a masterful restoration of the course in 2005.

Half Moon is also ideally situated for golfers who want to linger a while and test their new and improved swings on other local courses. A quick shuttle ride away is Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, a Robert von Hagge-Rick Baril design that weaves through the 19th-century ruins of Rose Hall plantation. And just beyond that is White Witch Golf Course, a challenging Hagge-Baril design offering views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea from no fewer than 16 holes.