We had a great time on our golf holiday to Royal Westmoreland in Barbados, the resort is an excellent location for a golfing holiday or just a relaxing time taking in the mood and surroundings of a beautiful island.
Flights were direct from Manchester to Grantley Adams airport where customs clearance was extremely fast and efficient , arriving at the Royal Villas some 45 minutes later courtesy of the resort representative. Flying Virgin Atlantic provided free transport of a set of clubs per person.
A really well laid out course with tee positions to suit all levels of skill, obviously designed by a real gentleman, given the advantage provided from the ladies’ tees. As well as the red tees there are pink which ease the ladies advantage with a combination of white and red positions. A major feature of the course is the par three holes which are well guarded by small ravines and bunkers – real testers.
The greens varied significantly in speed and the position of the sea was always a consideration when deciding on a putting line and providing really magnificent views of the west coastline to compensate any failing in your game. Fairways provided many different lies, with much worse still if you strayed from their location. Dry season wet weather closed the course for one morning, but the course drained very well and full buggy access was provided at the first opportunity.
The Royal Villa which we rented had three double en suite air conditioned bedrooms, large sitting room and excellent catering facilities, with full maid service including daily laundering which can lighten your suitcase for the holiday on the outward journey. The club house provides excellent facilities with Lionel taking care of all your golfing needs and don’t forget to order your bacon rolls at the halfway house. The resort staff provided friendly advice and assistance, throughout our stay. For those not involved in the noble art there are excellent beach facilities provided, with transport from and to the resort.
An alternative course can be found, within five minutes drive, at Apes Hill Club, providing excellent golf and local scenery, which is well worth a visit. Eating out in the evening requires, at a minimum, a trip into Holetown which hosts a selection of good restaurants of which ‘ Tides ‘ is well worth a visit. Only 5 minutes further down the coast, the ‘ Cliff ’ Restaurant provides ambience, sunsets and menus out of this world – a definite must for that really special occasion.
Strongly recommended to hire a car for one or two days and tour the Island which we did on a local club competition day. St Nicholas Abbey worth a visit to sample local products and take in the breath taking views.