Is it your desire to witness the spectacle of international polo matches against a stunning back drop of the Caribbean Sea? Or would you like to sharpen your handicap under the tutelage of a resident coach?
If you’ve answered yes, the award-winning Apes Hill Polo Club is ideal. Located in the parish of St. James, Barbados, Apes Hill has an 18-hole championship and is situated on an old sugar plantation, 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea. Opened in December 2009, the conspicuously picturesque golf course, visited by Prince Harry, is easily one of the top on the island and by extension, the world. Nestled on 470 acres of land, the copious property, owned and developed by local construction magnate Sir Charles Williams, is a certified Audubon Sanctuary. While the admirable in-house architecture is the commendable work of Chris Cole and Jeff Potts who designed the golf course for Landmark Land Co.
Visitors to the Club often gloat about the splendid views from every hole, the lush tropical landscape showcasing striking old coral stoned quarries and the large practice facility. As for the ambience, you can bask in the glory of lush vegetation, rolling terrain, wooded ravines and sparkling lakes. Also noteworthy are the most challenging and spell-bounding holes: – 12, 13, 14, 15. The most photographed par threes according to Apes Hill is the 5th hole, a 185-yard hole, where the green is cut into the side of the old coral stone cliff. Ben Hatch, Apes Hill Club’s Manager and PGA Head Golf Professional, personal favourite hole is no. 13, a very challenging hole that has dramatic scenery, a huge “risk-reward” gamble and a good test for any skilled player.
On the flip side, Apes Hill is also the setting for some of the most impressive real estate in the Caribbean. Each of the three-bedroom Garden Wall Villas, located on the golf course, comes with a private infinity-edge pool. While the three-bedroom Polo Villas, located close to the Polo Club, feature large en suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining areas, a small plunge pool and access to a larger communal infinity edge pool.
Photos Compliments: Apes Hill Club