Sandy Lane (Country Club) - Barbados

Sandy Lane,
St James,
Barbados


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  • Tom Fazio

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J P McManus, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier, the Irish billionaire owners of Sandy Lane, decided to completely renovate the property and its grounds when they acquired the resort in 1997 and so it closed for three years to allow the old buildings to be demolished then rebuilt. During this time, the original 18-hole golf course that was laid out in 1961 was reduced to a new 9-hole layout called the Old nine and Tom Fazio created two new 18-hole courses.

The Country Club was first to open in 2001 and it’s accessible to all golfers. The Green Monkey opened three years later but its tee times are only available to residents of Sandy Lane. Country Club fairways have a resort feel to them and they undergo a number of subtle changes in elevation over the course of a round.

The layout offers solid, if unspectacular golf, though there are a number of memorable holes such as the 195-yard par three 9th, where tee shots are played from an elevated position across a pond to a rather uninviting green, all under the watchful gaze of other golfers in the clubhouse.

The German team of Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem won the World Cup on the Country Club course in 2006, overcoming the Scottish two-man team in a play-off. This was the second time the Germans had triumphed in this competition since its inception in 1952 and, funnily enough, Bernhard Langer was a member of the other winning team, partnering Torsten Giedeon to victory in Orlando in 1990.

Visitors should note that the hire of carts and caddies is mandatory when playing the Country Club course.
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Description: Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, Sandy Lane’s Country Club course was designed by Tom Fazio and it’s a quintessential gem. Rating: 4 out of 6

A very exclusive club with welcoming and helpful staff. We enjoyed a lovely round here. The course is not particularly challenging, but is in pristine condition. Caddies are mandatory, and we enjoyed Apple and Levi who inspired us to great golf and provided excellent banter along the way. It is a pricey place to play, but worth every cent. Highly recommended.

September 04, 2016


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I played the Country Club course at Sandy Lane a couple of weeks ago during a holiday in Barbados. Driving up hill away from the West coast of the island, the 2 courses are quite elevated and as a consequence the cool and elegant clubhouse provides wonderful views back down to the Caribbean Sea in the distance. This is not cheap golf, it is $250 a round plus a $40 caddie fee (plus tip) and therefore I had high expectations that were almost met. The staff and experience in the clubhouse is excellent, -friendly, well organised and efficient. Brandon my caddie was polite, friendly and knowledgeable about the course and the island. The course is well laid out, generous off the tees (like most ‘resort’ courses) with excellent greens that are challenging, consistent and (when I played) an excellent speed, fast but not scary! I would say that Royal Westomoreland is a tougher challenge from the tee but the greens on the Country Club course were better and certainly quicker. So, did it meet my expectations? Not quite. It was a great morning and but for a couple of silly chips I would have played to my 6 handicap (including 3 birdies – thanks to Brandon for the lines!!) however from a challenge perspective I have played better courses around the world and for considerably less money. However, this is Barbados, that’s the price of golf and as I said about Royal Westmoreland, we only live once!
February 23, 2011


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This was the main course at Sandy Lane prior to Green Monkey and hosted the World Cup of Golf a few years ago. As you would expect, the green fee is in the premium range, and the course is in excellent condition throughout. Caddies are required at the course. Having played the Green Monkey first, the Country Club was a bit of a let down, because although a challenging enough course, the scenery and visual appeal is just not in the same league. There are a number of nice holes, usually those featuring water hazards in front of the green, and the par-3 18th is a good mid-length par 3 to a bowl green with a pond in front. Unfortunately there are quite a few fairly flat and a little boring holes in between. Having also played Royal Westmoreland, a few miles up the road, I would rate the Green Monkey 1st, Royal Westmoreland 2nd and the Country Club 3rd, and I would advise you to choose them in that order, within budgetary limitations.
January 19, 2011


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Played the County Club today and in some ways very impressed but in others pretty disappointed. The layout is certainly well thought out. The front 9 is definitely more open and easier to score and the back 9 tightens up. As he previous reviewer said there is a very good range of length holes and you real have to think your way around. However, the management really didn't seem too concerned about the paying public today. Greens were very heavily sanded and some of the fairways on the back 9 were simply unplayable. They were basically being dug up an replanted it appeared. What was annoying was that there had been no mention of this when booking or when paying the incredibly over-inflated green fee of $250. The local caddy was fine but not sure why it is necessary to have a mandatory caddy who stands on the back of the cart and whose only job appears to be to rake the bumker (oh and of course expects a tip on top of the fee!). Shame because the course itself was definitely interesting and good fun, the conditon and attitude of management was anything but!
November 06, 2008


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Ian
January 18, 2011
The Country Club course at Sandy Lane plays out in front of and around the clubhouse on top of the hill above the Sandy Lane Resort. It offers spectacular views over the coast to the sea. The course as you would expect is beautifully manicured and the greens are very true and fast. It has a good mix of 1-shot, 2-shot and 3-shot holes and several opportunities to hit from exciting elevated tees. Whilst Sandy Lane is not cheap, the service is second to none and having a good local caddy with you adds to the enjoyment. This course is not as good as the Green Monkey, but it is still an excellent championship layout, beautifully prepared and in a wonderful setting. A must if you are playing golf in Barbados.