Barbados' Sandy Lane Blueprints New Golf Course

BARBADOS -- The Sandy Lane Hotel and Golf Club said it has commissioned Tom Fazio of Fazio Golf Course Designers to create golf courses here that will distinguish Sandy Lane as the Caribbean's top golf resort.

The project is part of a redesign and expansion project scheduled to be completed when the resort reopens in October 1999.

Fazio will redesign the resort's original nine-hole course and create two new world-class 18-hole courses, for a total of 45 holes.

To accommodate guests' growing demands for tee time, one of the 18-hole courses is in the works and is expected to be completed in time for the resort's reopening in October 1999, according to Sandy Lane. The second 18-hole course is scheduled for completion in 2000.

Sandy Lane purchased several hundred additional acres of land in the hills beyond the property for the additional courses.

The Golf Clubhouse will be replaced with a full-service restaurant.

Fazio has designed world-class golf courses for more than 30 years, according to Sandy Lane. He took on Sandy Lane's project despite his policy of only accepting projects in the continental U.S., according to the resort.

According to Fazio, Sandy Lane's setting, a 380-acre site of an old sugar cane plantation overlooking the sea, and "the owners' commitment to quality, give us the potential to create one of the world's great golf facilities."

Fazio began his career in 1964, dedicated to the philosophy that courses should "reflect the natural beauty of the setting." His firm has been involved in the planning and design of more than 100 U.S. courses.

As part of the renovation, Sandy Lane is investing $130 million to upgrade the hotel by reducing the number of rooms from 120 to 112. All guest rooms will be 30 percent larger and a new spa and four pools will be added to the property.

During the hotel's closure, residents and visitors to Barbados can play the original lower nine holes of Sandy Lane's existing golf course.

Earlier this month, the Restaurant in the Golf Clubhouse began offering a sampling of new dishes by Sandy Lane's executive chef, Hans Schweitzer.

Sandy Lane will begin accepting reservations in October for fall 1999 bookings.

Sandy Lane, Phone: (246) 432-1311

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