A spectacular Royal Westmoreland development on the Caribbean island of Barbados has helped the developer win two awards at the International Property Awards 2015-2016 including ‘Best Golf Development’ and ‘Best Single Property’.
The awards were held at a ceremony in London on the 7th December 2015 and brought together regional golf development finalists from The Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa, Arabia, the UK and Europe.
Royal Westmoreland scooped the top international awards having already picked up the regional award for the Americas.
The judging panel was drawn from 70 international experts and the award for ‘Best Single Property’ went to a 6,700sq.ft. villa on an estate named ‘Idyll Moments’ in Barabados. The house was designed by Gillespie & Steel Associates who designed the house in a modern Caribbean architectural style with clean lines, slick interiors, large terraces and enormous expanses of glass to maximise the views.
The estate features a golf course by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea from every green and utilises many natural features, including an old coral stone quarry on both the 5th and 6th holes.
Two distinct sets of nine holes make for a memorable round. The front nine navigates through the tropical Barbadian landscape, whilst the back nine plays directly through the estate’s spectacular resort homes.
New to the golf estate this year and heading up the golf academy is veteran golfing legend Bill Longmuir. Bill has played on the main European Tour, Senior European Tour and US Champions Tour, has had 14 career wins and led the British Open on two occasions.
He has represented Great Britain in two PGA Cup Matches and the Rest of the World vs. America in the UBS Cup. Bill says: “The Royal Westmoreland course is widely regarded as one of the finest in the Caribbean, both technically for the accomplished golfer and aesthetically for the enthusiastic amateur.”
Since UK-based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet bought the estate in 2004, the course has been considerably improved. There are now plans to develop another 250 acres of land with a 9-hole golf course designed by Reece Jones (Robert Trent Jones Jr’s brother), a collection of residences on 31 lots and potentially also a hotel.
John Morphet says: “We have continued to invest in the facilities over the years, and are now building more contemporary homes to reflect modern tastes and it’s wonderful to see this being recognised by these top awards.”