Relish your game at the revered Royal Westmoreland
Posted: 29 September 2016
As the luxury Caribbean experts, our knowledge of the best of Barbados beats any other. For nearly three decades, Elegant Resorts has amassed a wealth of elite concierge contacts, assistants and ground staff to ensure our discerning clients enjoy the five-star and first class service Elegant Resorts is known for. Our story began in Barbados and our love affair with this idyllic island continues to thrive year upon year. Barbados is the ideal luxury destination for a number of reasons but it is fair to say that few places on Earth tick so many boxes for the ‘have it all holiday’ and can promise to please all ages, interests and tastes. A luxury holiday to Barbados with Elegant Resorts is sure to provide the best of the island’s many riches, and we can ensure each guest gets their memorable moment and unforgettable experience, no matter how many times you’ve been to Barbados. As the island celebrates 50 years of Independence, we’ll be showcasing our favourite Barbados highlights and sharing our insight into this most alluring setting, starting with sport...
Sport and Barbados are a perfect match. Known for its renowned and reliable climate, the warm and sociable culture and an elite selection of the world’s finest hotels boasting comprehensive facilities that attract professionals and amateurs all year round, Barbados is a sport-lover’s dream and for golfer’s in particular it doesn’t get much better. Allow us to be your virtual caddy as we navigate the glorious greens of this most treasured island.
For an island measuring just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, Barbados boasts an impressive array of championship golf courses. Known as ‘Little England’, Barbados has inherited many of our nation’s most popular pastimes and golf is certainly at the fore (pun not intended) of these. Elegant Resorts’ impressive portfolio of Barbados’ most luxurious properties includes the island’s finest fairways, including the iconic Green Monkey and much-loved Old Nine at Sandy Lane, alluring Apes Hill and the revered Royal Westmoreland. Book with Elegant Resorts to enjoy preferential tee times, discounted green fees and private transfers between courses.
“The chance to play the Green Monkey course at Sandy Lane is the ultimate exclusive experience for the keen Caribbean golfer. The course is only fleetingly made available for an hour per day, with one fourball going out to visitors (at more than $1,000 per group) and the remaining five slots open to hotel guests. The Tom Fazio-designed course is an absolute beauty, carved out of a quarry that encourages precipitous peaks and troughs, along with sweeping views across this prime real estate and down to the sparkling Caribbean below. The iconic monkey-shaped feature in the bunker by the 16th green is just one of the memorable vistas to enjoy on this 18-hole masterpiece, all brought to life by the caddie (compulsory for each two-player buggy). Also on-board is an ultra-modern GPS system that makes club selection easy and maps out the subtleties and contours of the course in vivid detail. Most impressive of all, though, is that the course is utterly pristine, the lack of traffic keeping the greens, fairways and even the tee boxes immaculately groomed. For those that can’t get a tee time, or if you have a long stay at Sandy Lane and want to play more than once, the Country Club is another, marginally less exclusive, but no less impressive, world-class Sandy Lane golf course.”
– Matt Vlemmiks, Head of Product at Elegant Resorts
Whilst the laidback, rum-loving atmosphere of the island lends itself to a leisurely round, those seeking a more spirited style can enjoy an upcoming tournament guaranteed to be as thrilling as it is rewarding. The House by Elegant Hotels, one of our favourite adults–only escapes, is hosting a fabulous tournament that’s sure to appeal to that competitive edge. This complimentary event will be held on 20th January 2017 at championship golf course Apes Hill and will feature cocktails and canapés after the game and an awards and prize-giving ceremony.
Barbados is so adored by the golfing great and good that legend Tiger Woods chose the island as the destination for his wedding. Professional players regularly seek Barbados’ prestigious courses as the place to hone their skills and enjoy a ‘working holiday’. At Sandy Lane, you can pick up some new kit and state-of-the-art equipment at Sandy Lane’s prestigious Pro Shop, located at The Country Club. Find the best brands and their signature range of iconic Green Monkey-branded apparel.
Similarly, at Royal Westmoreland’s Pro Shop, players can enjoy a fabulous ‘try before you buy service’ on clubs, to ensure you go home with a bag full for your best irons, having enjoyed a round on one of Barbados’ best-known courses.
For further information about luxury golf holidays to Barbados, or to discuss any of our featured luxury hotel’s prestigious courses please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 991.