I know what you are thinking…Barbados, the Caribbean island full of celebrities, boutique hotels and incredible golf courses…that’s going to be fortunes to go on holiday there…well if you pick the right dates you can pick up an incredible value deal. Unfortunately we’re not talking £99 but when we saw this flight via Holiday Pirates (£189 RETURN! Direct from Birmingham to Barbados in November), we figured it only right we put a package together including one of the best golfing destinations in Barbados, Royal Westmoreland.

So here are the details…

>> Return Flights with Thomson (with hold luggage & golf clubs)
(Sunday 15th November – Sunday 29th November)
>> 14 Nights Room Only at Royal Westmoreland
(based on 4 sharing a 3-bedroom villa)
>> Daily Golf at Royal Westmoreland (we’re including 1 tee-time per villa)
>> Transfers

£1649 per person (based on 4 sharing a 3-bedroom villa)

Follow this link for more info about Royal Westmoreland

Still not convinced about Barbados as a golfing destination? Read on…we’ve got the answers…

Barbados offers more than any holiday goer could ever want.. Beautiful weather, wonderful local food, relaxing white sand beaches, a friendly local culture and countless water sports and recreational activities. Not to mention, the small matter of the magnificent golf on offer. Barbados did after all, play host to the king of golf, when in 2004 Tiger Woods chose to get married at the luxurious Sandy Lane resort.

With this exclusive offer, all this is just moments away. A group of 4 can take a trip to the luxurious island of Barbados at just £1649 per person. The offer includes 14 nights on the island paradise, staying in a peaceful 3 bedroom villa at Royal Westmoreland. The villa is located on the West Side of the island and is only 10 minutes away from the beach or holetown, with many fantastic restaurants nearby.

However, the most exhilarating part of this package is the prospect of unlimited golf at Royal Westmoreland, a course perfect for those who like a enjoyable, yet challenging game. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed course is not only able to retain the islands great character, but also utilise it to great effect and the ravines and the traditional coral quarry have been worked into the layout to create some truly fascinating holes. Fantastic scenic and ocean views are on offer from every hole and from the elegant clubhouse, one can enjoy views all the way to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. This is truly a tropical gem of a course.

Royal Westmoreland Villa
Relax in the luxury of your own villa at Royal Wesmoreland

Why should I play at Royal Westmoreland…well here is all the info you’ll need

What is the par on the Royal Westmoreland?
72 for both Men & Ladies. The course has 4 par 5’s, 4 par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. The signature hole is the 12th, a dramatic 205 yard par 3 off the men’s gold tees, with a small green flanked dangerously by a ravine.

What is the SSS on the Royal Westmoreland?
Royal Westmoreland’s longest tees (Gold) present a tough challenge for men, with a SSS of 73.7 at 7,042 yards. For the ladies the challenge at the longest tees (White) is even tougher, with an SSS score of 75.4 at 6,174 yards. Incidentally, these white tees are also the shortest for men at an SSS of 69.2. The other tees SSS all equate roughly to par with scores of 71.6 (6,640 yards) and 72.9 (5,708 yards) for the blue tees (mens) and pink tees (ladies) respectively.

Who designed the Royal Westmoreland?
The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

How far is it from Bridgetown Airport?
20 minute drive. Remember though, with this all inclusive offer transport will be organised and paid for.

Apres Golf…tell me about the 19th Hole and some apres golf…

The clubhouse is a great place to socialise and relax. From the open sided dining room, the views overlook the stunning 9th hole and the spectacular Caribbean Sea in the distance. The menu isn’t too bad either, and a variety of dishes are on offer, created using distinct local Caribbean ingredients.

If you want a distinct feel of the Caribbean then visit the Rum Shak. The bar has a fantastic atmosphere come evening, and it’s always worth a visit just to try the world famous Barbadian rum. What’s more, during peak season, there is a barbeque every saturday evening.

If you’re looking to chill out by the beach, with cocktail in hand, and enjoy some breathtaking views over the Caribbean sea, then the Mullins Beach Bar & Grill is for you. The all-day menu is open every day from 11 00 am – 7 pm, and does not require reservation. Overall, there is certainly a lot to enjoy and regular music evenings, BBQ’s and live sport events are all on offer.

However, if you’re looking for a more homely feel and aren’t in the mood to head out to a restaurant, then why not enjoy your favourite meal in the luxury of your own villa? With the amount of golf you’ll be doing you may think you won’t have time to go shopping, or even cook. Luckily for you, chefs are available on hire at The Royal Westmoreland resort, allowing you to relax in the comfort of your own home, revelling in the late evening Caribbean sun, whilst enjoying some fantastic food.

Royal Westmoreland Beach
Chill out by the beach after a round on the course

Essential Info, probably the biggest selling point…it will be WARM!

Average temperature in November:
Daytime highs of 30°C/86°F. Nighttime lows of 24°C/75°F

Compared to London, you’ll be looking at lows around 7°C/45°F

Playing golf in the sun will no doubt improve your golf, plus I don’t think Barbados has ever heard of winter greens or tees!

Where to visit?
The resort offers many attractions exclusive to the island, such as Harrison’s Cave or Oitisins Fish Fry. Island Tours or safaris are also available, allowing you to explore the island’s countryside, magnificent vistas and hidden gems. Barbados’ rum distilleries are also available for a tour and a taste, giving you a chance to discover the birthplace of rum. Aside from this, a fulfilling day can also easily be spent relaxing on the resorts famous white sand beaches and exploring Barbados’ tropical paradise. Natural beauty just oozes out of the island, and wherever you go you are greeted with breathtaking landscape and seascape views.

Local food
If you wish to venture out into Holetown for some local food, then there is much choice on offer. The Nishi Restaurant serves wonderfully prepared sushi, with the fish caught fresh each day. Alternatively, if setting and ambiance is more important to you, then visit The Tides, a restaurant where you can enjoy the sea breeze views, with cocktail in hand and fine food on offer. Finally, for Caribbean live music and tapas then go no further than the Cafe Bar Carizma, where you can enjoy a wonderful evening out.

Famous celebrities you might spot on the island
Barbados’ luxurious resort, is famed for attracting celebrities from around the world. The resorts Luxurious Sandy Lane Beach, has played host to the likes of Simon Cowell, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, David and Victoria Beckham, Hugh Grant, Mariah Carey and Mark Wahlberg, amongst others. If you’re on the celeb hunt then this is certainly the place to go!

And any famous golfers…
Well it’s well known that golfing legend, Tiger Woods chose Barbados as the location of his marriage in 2004. Another common island goer is Lee Westwood who is known to be a fan of the Royal Westmoreland Resort. However, perhaps the most associated golfer with Barbados is Masters Champion (1991) and 2006 Ryder Cup Captain, Ian Woosnam. Incidentally, Woosnam is strongly associated with Royal Westmoreland, having bought a $7m villa overlooking the 18th fairway in 1995 after visiting Barbados for 30 years previously. In fact, when the resort won the top award of ‘Best International Golf Development’ at the International Residential Property Awards, Woosnam commented, “Royal Westmoreland is one of the best places to live in the world and the amount of famous sports people who have bought here is a reflection of that”. Woosnam also confesses his love of the resorts Mullins Beach, which he says is ‘a lovely spot to relax and have a bite to eat.’

Hope this article has warmed you up a little bit…it is a little cold sat at my desk writing it to be honest. Want to find out more about golfing trips to Barbados, click here for all the info you need.

Will Dudley

Will Dudley

Enjoy a round of Links Golf at my beloved home course Hunstanton, in Norfolk. When the sun shines I'm a bit of a bandit, when it doesn't I won't trouble the scorers!

One Comment

  • Gerald says:

    I am part of a group of four that are always looking for great packages to play golf. We have never been to Barbados only to Mexico. Both are long flights for us as we live in the Vancouver, B.C., Canada area. We may have to arrange flights separate unless you can work out a package from this area. We have not made plans for next years trip. This year we did 30 nights in Palm Springs, California, USA. The USA is out for next year unless our dollars recovers. So we need somewhere else to go for a minimum of 14 days/nights.

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