This was our third year golfing at this course however it is the first time we met the owner. His business approach and philosophy is like the island – just right.
The golf club itself is very similar to many of the courses back home in the Niagara Region Canada with regard to amenities. Staff were always great and the members are friendly and easy to talk to – expats from all over and locals. Although the Barbados golf course itself is not up to the manicured NA golf course standards it is really allot of fun to play for the average golfer. I would recommend that you bring a range finder with you because distances to the pins are hard to gauge. There are a few marshals out on the course but they tend to have a live and let live approach. There are no hospitality carts out on the course however there are plenty of water coolers made available. Also coolers are provided on all carts and you can fill it up with whatever you choose any time of day. If you happen to stay at a partnering hotel or Inn you can get an additional 10% off of your green fees. There are 3, 5 and 7 play green fee packages sold which with the discount will cost ~ $82 dollars American with the cart which is reasonable for Caribbean golf. If you are a walker it is even cheaper – and the course is very walk-able if you want your exercise. By far this is the best value for your buck for golf in Barbados.
This course is good for the ego considering it is at sea level – the fairways are hard and fast and your ball does tend to go a long way-we have only played the course in Barbados’s dry season so I can’t speak to the other seasons. You may want to think twice about your wedge play on your approaches. The soil is generally thick, sticky and will stop a wedge dead in its tracks if you try to go for high spin shots.Many of the greens are smallish and elevated in one fashion or another and it is generally hard to stop your ball. You had better also know how to read the grain on the greens – the speed difference is night and day. To make it a bit more challenging there is also always a good wind to make club selection even more difficult. The name of the game on this course is bump and run – much more links style. Relax, play and enjoy the BGC.
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