In the 1950s, this was a club for black Bermudians. Later, as other clubs started to admit black players, the course was neglected and fell into disrepair. Ocean View's reputation for spotty maintenance lives on despite a $2-million renovation that vastly improved the course. However, the course is nicer than many people expect. In the center of Bermuda, in Devonshire Parish, it offers panoramic views of the ocean from many of its elevated tees. Many golfers consider the terrain unpredictable; that, combined with rambling hills and winds from the Great Sound, makes the course more challenging than it appears. A few holes have as many as six tees. The green on the 162m (177-yd.), par-3 5th hole has been cut into the coral hillside. Because the hole is draped with semitropical vines, golfers sometimes have the eerie feeling that they're hitting the ball into a cave.
On weekdays, this course tends to be the least crowded on Bermuda. Greens fees are $89 for 18 holes and $74 for 9 holes. Golf shoes (soft spikes) or tennis shoes will work.