Travel Tips Hitting The Links In St Kitts


Travel Tips Hitting The Links In St Kitts

Much like other islands in​ the​ Caribbean,​ the​ tourism industry of​ St. Kitts has recently been courting the​ serious traveling golfer. With over 50 million devoted golfers worldwide and far more recreational players,​ Caribbean golf resorts are turning to​ golf as​ a​ focal point of​ their tourism efforts. According to​ published statistics,​ the​ traveling golfer,​ on​ business or​ vacation,​ both travels more often and spends approximately 35 percent more per trip than an​ average tourist.

Throughout the​ entire Caribbean,​ the​ golf industry continues to​ grow at​ an​ incredible rate. Within the​ last 10 years,​ many of​ the​ world’s most recognized golf course architects have lent their skill to​ Caribbean soil,​ including Jack Nicklaus,​ Tom Weiskopf,​ Greg Norman and Peter Dye.

In regards to​ St. Kitts,​ it​ certainly helps that the​ island’s climate and environment are perfectly suited for such golf course construction. in​ addition to​ heavenly weather,​ everything from the​ jungles to​ the​ beaches remains remarkably well-preserved. With one of​ the​ centerpieces of​ St. Kitts tourism now in​ place,​ the​ coming years will see at​ least four new tournament quality courses. Here is​ an​ outline of​ what to​ expect in​ the​ future and some travel tips to​ make the​ most of​ your Caribbean golf vacation.

At the​ heart of​ St. Kitts’ golf course development and tourism plans is​ the​ recently remodeled Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Developed in​ conjunction with the​ St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino,​ the​ 6,​900-yard,​ par 71 golf club majestically overlooks the​ Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Designed by award-winning architect Thomas McBroom and essentially rebuilt atop an​ existing course of​ lesser renown,​ the​ Royal St. Kitts Golf Club has already established itself as​ the​ premier links-style course in​ the​ Caribbean.

To accompany the​ beautifully updated course,​ the​ Royal St. Kitts Golf Club also has a​ luxurious new clubhouse with a​ restaurant and bar,​ locker rooms and a​ full-service pro shop. the​ Royal St. Kitts Golf Club will also house the​ Faldo Institute by Marriott,​ a​ state-of-the-art training and education facility. if​ that isn’t enough for you,​ the​ Marriott Hotel has 648 guest rooms and suites,​ three swimming pools,​ the​ 35,​000 square foot Royal Beach Casino and the​ 15,​000 square foot Emerald Mist Spa.

Slated to​ open in​ early 2018,​ the​ $14-million La Vallée Golf Course designed by Charles Howard will be a​ traditional links layout coupled with impressive views of​ the​ Caribbean Sea,​ small neighboring islands and Mount Liamuiga,​ the​ island’s highest point. in​ the​ future,​ this St. Kitts golf club will be surrounded by private villas,​ a​ new marina and a​ luxury hotel.

In the​ Sandy Bank area,​ a​ $295 million Caribbean golf resort is​ scheduled to​ open in​ 2008. Besides the​ luxury hotel and its trimmings,​ the​ complex will include another much-anticipated championship course. With a​ layout designed by Rees Jones,​ brother of​ Robert Trent Jones Jr. and one of​ the​ leading golf course architects in​ his own right,​ the​ course is​ destined to​ be yet another gem in​ a​ growing collection of​ St. Kitts treasures.

The most recently announced project is​ the​ Kittitian Heights Resort at​ Belmont Estate in​ northwestern St. Kitts,​ only 20 miles from the​ capital of​ Basseterre. the​ $195 million development is​ scheduled to​ open in​ 2011 and will include a​ course designed by Ian Woosnam,​ the​ former Masters Champion.

On St. Kitts sister island of​ Nevis,​ the​ Four Seasons Caribbean Golf Resort is​ another great design by Robert Trent Jones Jr.,​ one of​ the​ Caribbean’s most active architects. Finished in​ 1991,​ the​ course certainly set the​ standard for things to​ come on​ the​ islands. Now,​ a​ new layout designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick,​ scheduled to​ open in​ 2008,​ will carve a​ path through the​ coconut groves on​ the​ foothills of​ Mount Nevis.






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