Sandals plans $8M golf refit

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica -- Sandals Resorts will spend up to $8 million to make the 237-room Sandals Ocho Rios a top golf destination, according to the company.

The Jamaican government last month sold its majority stake in Sandals Ocho Rios to the Sandals Resorts chain for $14 million. The government obtained the 237-room hotel in 1997 when it bailed out the failing insurance company that controlled it.

Sandals has managed the resort for the past 10 years. "Now that we're not hindered by a clash in the visions of landlord and tenant, we will be developing Sandals Ocho Rios into the finest golf resort in the Caribbean," said Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts.

It was not immediately known whether Sandals would close all or a portion of the hotel while it undergoes renovations.

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