Royal Westmoreland is a well-established course on Barbados and may be known to UK golfers through a Seniors event which used to be held there. It is a course set in a holiday community, high up on the hill overlooking the ocean in the distance, and with plenty of elevation changes throughout the routing. The design is of largely generous driving areas, but strategic bunkers and water hazards if you miss the line. The greens are mostly large and undulating, with plenty of bunkers, but are fair and playable. There are a few drives with a carry needed to reach the fairway, or par-3s with a lot of gunk to carry, but they should be within the capability of a middle handicapper. A lot of length is not needed, but crisp iron play will help. It will not feel like a slog, but a round with a lot of variety and changes in elevation and playing direction. The clubhouse is a feature of a visit, with nice views back up the 18th, a good par-5 which offers a chance of a finishing birdie. Ian Woosnam supposedly has a house overlooking the hole. If true, he has chosen well.
Date: January 20, 2011