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Old Jan 4, 2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Making the trip down to Barbados in a few weeks. Has anyone played Barbados golf club recently? just curious about conditions and what the course is like? Sandy Lane is a bit above my pay grade so we'll keep it around 100usd
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Making the trip down to Barbados in a few weeks. Has anyone played Barbados golf club recently? just curious about conditions and what the course is like? Sandy Lane is a bit above my pay grade so we'll keep it around 100usd
Played it last year around this time and the greens were ridiculously furry. I would expect they would not be as bad now though. Not a bad layout and it really is your only realistic option for your price point. Sandy Lane (Green Monkey), Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill are really nice tracks (if you can get on them) but not worth the mortgage payment you need to pay to get on them imho.
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Old Jan 4, 2017, 01:38 PM   #3
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Sixteen of the eighteen greens were redone over the course last year with paspalam. As you know 9 and 18 share the same green, which is the only one not done.
I just spoke to a friend there and was told there are rolling well.
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Go to Barbados every year. Usually play Royal Westmoreland, Apes Hill and Barbados Golf club.
Like them in that order.
We usually stay at The Colony Club in St. James parish so Barbados golf club is about an hour away. RW and Apes is a good en minute drive at most.
Barbados golf club greens are always furry and fairways dry. They do have a 3 and 5 day package. Maybe even a 7 day package as well. Not sure.
They layout is decent and the staff friendly. The beers are cheap and the weather great. Always enjoy it.
RW and Apes Hill are actually closer to US$200($175 maybe) and with the exchange rate not sure if I want to play. I'll be down there end of February. Let's see if I'm tempted to play.
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Old Jan 5, 2017, 08:08 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys. I've been to the island 4 previous times but this is the first time I'll be golfing. As much as I'd like to play multiple times during this trip I don't think my wife will appreciate my absence from her side at our usual spot on the beach
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You guys are killing me with this thread. My wife and I went to Barbados for five consecutive years a while back. Ice cold Banks beer, catamaran trips and the flying fish, snorkelling off the west coast, the fish, OMG, the fish .. at Oistens, the fish cakes, the Doubles. The rum shacks. Mac pie!!! And the women. Brazil ain't got nothing on Bajan women. Sadly, never played golf there, so will have to return some day soon.
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I miss the smell, sight, and sound of Barbados. Went once a year since 2008 till 2015 except for one year. When I step in Massy Supermarket at Sunset Crest in Holetown, it is like I never left.

Played Barbados GC once, it was passable, especially considering the cost, but don't expect to be wowed.
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I miss the smell, sight, and sound of Barbados. Went once a year since 2008 till 2015 except for one year. When I step in Massy Supermarket at Sunset Crest in Holetown, it is like I never left.

Played Barbados GC once, it was passable, especially considering the cost, but don't expect to be wowed.
we're staying at the hilton, for the price it's just right. Again, it's nothing to be wowed about but I do find the beach there to be one of the better ones associated with any of the hotels/resorts on the island. We've also stayed at OceanTwo which is a bit more of a condo style living on the island. Would have loved to have stayed there again but the prices never dropped like I had expected
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You guys are killing me with this thread. My wife and I went to Barbados for five consecutive years a while back. Ice cold Banks beer, catamaran trips and the flying fish, snorkelling off the west coast, the fish, OMG, the fish .. at Oistens, the fish cakes, the Doubles. The rum shacks. Mac pie!!! And the women. Brazil ain't got nothing on Bajan women. Sadly, never played golf there, so will have to return some day soon.
I sincerely apologize for starting a thread that would result in jealousy and anger But then again, I'm sorry, but not sorry

Oh the banks beer and the fish fry. And nothing beats a 10 dollar rum tour with at least 5 samples of rum to taste from at 10am
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I just got back from the island a couple of days ago. Didn't even bother bringing the sticks. Golf is too expensive there. I've been a few times and only ever golfed once, playing Rockley (an executive 9 hole course around $50USD) and Barbados Golf Club ($100USD). Rockley is terrible..Barbados Golf Club is nothing to write home about. Haven't played the others as they are big bucks, but in hindsight, should have skipped playing those two and saved up for one round at Royal Westmoreland or Apes Hill.
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I just got back from the island a couple of days ago. Didn't even bother bringing the sticks. Golf is too expensive there. I've been a few times and only ever golfed once, playing Rockley (an executive 9 hole course around $50USD) and Barbados Golf Club ($100USD). Rockley is terrible..Barbados Golf Club is nothing to write home about. Haven't played the others as they are big bucks, but in hindsight, should have skipped playing those two and saved up for one round at Royal Westmoreland or Apes Hill.
How was the island otherwise? I'm not expecting anything special from Barbados golf club, just trying to get some of my golf obsession controlled over the winter months. Truth be told my father in law got a discount for us so we'll only be paying about 67 USD with cart and club rental
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we're staying at the hilton, for the price it's just right. Again, it's nothing to be wowed about but I do find the beach there to be one of the better ones associated with any of the hotels/resorts on the island. We've also stayed at OceanTwo which is a bit more of a condo style living on the island. Would have loved to have stayed there again but the prices never dropped like I had expected
If you go there often, I strongly recommend renting a villa close to the beach at the Platinum Coast. They typically come with a cook, a maid, a house keeper and sometimes a butler. They can grocery shop for you and prepare whatever meals you wish to have.

If you do some math, it is not that much more than staying at a hotel or resort. In return, you get the freedom, the privacy, and the pampering. You don't have to: worry about your room key, make yourself presentable when you head out of your room, and keeping an eye on your belongings when you are at the pool.
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If you go there often, I strongly recommend renting a villa close to the beach at the Platinum Coast. They typically come with a cook, a maid, a house keeper and sometimes a butler. They can grocery shop for you and prepare whatever meals you wish to have.

If you do some math, it is not that much more than staying at a hotel or resort. In return, you get the freedom, the privacy, and the pampering. You don't have to: worry about your room key, make yourself presentable when you head out of your room, and keeping an eye on your belongings when you are at the pool.
If you can PM me some of the information on which villas you've stayed at that would be great. Wouldn't mind taking a drive and checking them out one day just to give me and the wife more options in the future
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How was the island otherwise? I'm not expecting anything special from Barbados golf club, just trying to get some of my golf obsession controlled over the winter months. Truth be told my father in law got a discount for us so we'll only be paying about 67 USD with cart and club rental
Island is great! Locals are super friendly and it's quite safe. I also love how each coast and area of the island is different. Beaches are all accessible...no such thing as a private beach there. Nothing is cheap there though, except the beer and rum. I've been a few times as I married a woman whose family is from there. Weather is pretty awesome there of course...it was quite a shocker coming home to these frigid temps. It is too bad I didn't scratch my golf itch though.
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Island is great! Weather is pretty awesome there of course...it was quite a shocker coming home to these frigid temps.
The daily rain shower is a cool experience. Literally. Refreshing, but amazing how fast things dry up after that. Went one time in April, holy hell that was hot, 40 degrees +. And then in 2010, we experienced Hurricane Tomas. Thrilling and frightening at the same time. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OtcEft4og
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The daily rain shower is a cool experience. Literally. Refreshing, but amazing how fast things dry up after that. Went one time in April, holy hell that was hot, 40 degrees +. And then in 2010, we experienced Hurricane Tomas. Thrilling and frightening at the same time. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OtcEft4og

oh man that's a crazy video, where were you staying at the time?

And yeah, it can get pretty damn hot there. I remember going in September one year and it was so hot that I literally watched my ice melt in my glass of water, and it looked like i was watching a video in 3x speed lol
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Island is great! Locals are super friendly and it's quite safe. I also love how each coast and area of the island is different. Beaches are all accessible...no such thing as a private beach there. Nothing is cheap there though, except the beer and rum. I've been a few times as I married a woman whose family is from there. Weather is pretty awesome there of course...it was quite a shocker coming home to these frigid temps. It is too bad I didn't scratch my golf itch though.

I think that's why we keep going back to the island, we find the locals friendly and I feel relatively safe on the island while being a tourist. In terms of cost, I hear you...the island isn't the most expensive but you're not going to find a last minute deal for 499 with flight included for 7 night. Food is great in my opinion with 5 star dining all the way to the little roti dens so there's a big enough variety. Anyone who's reading this thread and hasn't been to the island, I strongly recommend you put it on your radar.
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I think that's why we keep going back to the island, we find the locals friendly and I feel relatively safe on the island while being a tourist. In terms of cost, I hear you...the island isn't the most expensive but you're not going to find a last minute deal for 499 with flight included for 7 night. Food is great in my opinion with 5 star dining all the way to the little roti dens so there's a big enough variety. Anyone who's reading this thread and hasn't been to the island, I strongly recommend you put it on your radar.
My favourite restaurant in the world in terms of quality food, location and service has to be The Cliff. Not cheap but what a view.

http://thecliffbarbados.com/CR/Default.asp
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oh man that's a crazy video, where were you staying at the time?
That's not my video, but it is exactly what we experienced from our condo at Maxwel Beach. Horizontal rain, howling wind and a flooded living room, even on the third floor. Private building, so all the residents and guests were asked to prepare for the coming storm. My job was to throw all the beach chairs and umbrellas into the pool. Thought that was weird at the time, but made sense when the storm hit.

We stayed here twice http://www.maxwellbeachvillas.com, a couple of places near Rockley Beach and then rented a house near Speightstown. Chasing lizards outta the house was fun, but we had blast. Never onced stayed in a hotel there. My wife and I are big on doing our own thing wherever we go, getting a car and exploring. We're so done with sitting around by the pool/beach all day. Although, Barbados is perfect if that's your thing.
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If you can PM me some of the information on which villas you've stayed at that would be great. Wouldn't mind taking a drive and checking them out one day just to give me and the wife more options in the future
There seems to be a lot of interest in this little island. In addition to the list I PM'd you a couple of days ago, here's the list of villas I have stayed in over the years:

-Secret Garden of Merlin Bay
-Bruadair
-Galena
-Aurora
-Melissa
-Prudence
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There seems to be a lot of interest in this little island. In addition to the list I PM'd you a couple of days ago, here's the list of villas I have stayed in over the years:

-Secret Garden of Merlin Bay
-Bruadair
-Galena
-Aurora
-Melissa
-Prudence
You're absolutely right about that. For those that have been to the island..they know why it's great. I'm don't get me wrong there are better, but I feel at exponential increase in flight time and hotel costs.

I think a thread like this gets more attention during the winter months

I'll report back and hope to have a youtube clip or two (work related) when i get back
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