Since the island of Bermuda is only 21 miles long and less than 2 miles wide, having the most golf courses per square mile of any nation on earth means that a golf junkie like me could play every course in the country, including a few nine-hole and par-3 layouts, during a seven-day vacation. But tempting as that might be, I knew a good reason not to try it. For starters, I'm married to someone who doesn't share my passion for the game. Sure, I've used my wife to infiltrate women-only golf schools in the past, but she balked at ignoring Bermuda's legendary pink beaches, superior scuba diving, great resorts, and fine dining - to just play golf. Nor did she want to sit at the beach alone while I played the links.
Fortunately, Bermuda is a great place for those of us who've learned to compromise. If I just got up early enough, I realized, I could tackle all the top courses and still have time for other things.
Part of the solution lies in Bermuda's compact size. And though visitors can't rent a car - only Bermudan citizens can drive there - taxis, ferries, and scooters take them wherever they want to go.
Better yet, the majority of Bermuda's tourist and golf attractions are near one another. The capital city, Hamilton, and the best golf are on the eastern half of the main island; the central portion has the best beaches, diving, and resorts; the northwestern tip has the top tourist attractions - and more golf.
Conveniently located, and with easy ferry access to the western tip, Hamilton is a great place to start a golf-and-more vacation. Waterloo House, the island's top hotel, looks like a townhouse from the outside, but inside the gates lie acres of gardens, fountains, and a pool, as well as luxurious guest rooms and one of the island's best restaurants.