The world's best golf resorts: No.13 - Royal Westmoreland, Barbados, Caribbean
The course: The Robert Trent Jones Jnr. 7,045-yard course has some of the best par-3s in the world, according to ex-Ryder Cup Captain, Ian Woosnam. Other holes feature jungle-filled gorges which can be unnerving for high handicappers, but all told this is the quintessential ocean-view, palm tree lined Caribbean links, with the swirling trade winds adding spice to the round. The magnificent colonial-style clubhouse is the perfect end even for an imperfect round.
The location: Slightly larger than the Isle of Wight, Barbados is a safe, dependable, British-friendly market, with seven good golf courses and more being built. On the west coast of the island, Royal Westmoreland is a mature 500-acre Caribbean golf property development now owned by English entrepreneur John Morphet, who is investing $250 million in new facilities, including a second course. With a great beach club, spa and floodlit tennis court, this is also a thriving holiday resort.
Get your own 'club' house at: Until recently Royal Westmoreland was aimed exclusively at the seriously wealthy, and there are still multi-million pound mansions available. But John Morphet is keen to broaden the appeal, so he’s building 250 new homes on a neighboring 250 acres, with building plots going for $1.1 to $4 million, one-bedroom apartments starting at a modest US$470,000, and four-bedroom townhouses on the exclusive new Sugar Cane Ridge development selling from US$1.3 million.
Celebrity members: This is British sporting-celebrity-central in the Caribbean: cricketers Andrew Flintoff, Mike Gatting and Michael Vaughan, boxer Joe Calzaghe, Wimbledon winner Virginia Wade, footballers Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, TV presenters Ant and Dec, and Gary Lineker all have holiday homes here. After the disappointment of the World Cup, Wayne and Coleen Rooney retreated to their £5 million, six-bedroom villa with an infinity pool, cinema room and sea views.
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THE PRIMELOCATION TOP 20 BEST GOLF RESORTS
- No.1: Wentworth, Virginia Water, Surrey, UK
- No.2: Valderrama, Costa del Sol, Spain
- No.3: Kiawah Island, Charleston, USA
- No.4: Lyford Cay, Bahamas
- No.5: Lake Nona, Florida, USA
- No.6: Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
- No.7: Pezula, South Africa
- No.8: Albany, Bahamas
- No.9: Arcos Gardens, Jerez, Spain
- No.10: Monte Rei, Portugal
- No.11: Apes Hill, Barbados
- No.12: Doonbeg, Ireland
- No.13: Royal Westmoreland Resort, Caribbean
- No.14: Villas Valriche, Mauritius
- No.15: The K Club, Ireland
- No.16: PGA Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- No.17: Les Bordes, Loire Valley, France
- No.18: Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
- No.19: Palheiro, Madeira
- No.20: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus