Wentworth partners new Caribbean venture
APES HILL CLUB, an upscale golf and residential community currently taking shape in St. James, Barbados, has welcomed a new member to its management team. The original partnership between Landmark and Sir Charles Williams, owner of the largest construction company in Barbados, has been expanded to include Wentworth Club, the renowned golf and country club in the Surrey heathlands outside London. The development, slated to open in late 2009, is now identified as Apes Hill Club, a Wentworth Landmark Community.
GERALD G. BARTON, Landmark’s chairman, said, "We are thrilled and humbled to be involved in the development of real estate so beautiful and so precious as Apes Hill in Barbados. We are especially proud to be partnering with Wentworth, one of the finest and most prestigious clubs in Europe."
Julian Small, managing director of Wentworth, noted that his team "will bring our expertise to ensure that Apes Hill delivers a level of hospitality excellence that is synonymous with Wentworth. Essentially, we’ve been brought in to create a sense of community in keeping with the standards set by Wentworth and enjoyed by our members. We are delighted to be working with partners who are as committed as we are to achieving the highest level of service. Our goal is to become nothing less than the finest resort community in the Caribbean."
Small added that with its two-way views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the site is "without question one of the finest pieces of land for a real estate and golf development in the islands." Barbados itself is one of the premier destinations in the West Indies and enjoys a strong British patronage. This is the first time that Wentworth, revered for its golf and country club facilities, has attached its name to another venture. Wentworth will train staff, manage all aspects of the club’s amenity program and ensure that member expectations are exceeded.
Set on an historic plantation circa 1686, Apes Hills Club is located on the island’s crest at nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. The 470-acre development is a short downhill drive to the Platinum Coast, its white sandy beaches washed by the Caribbean Sea. Four miles to the east is the windward coast, which fronts the wave-tossed Atlantic Ocean. Apes Hill Club has panoramic sea views in all directions and is cooled by pleasant trade winds.
The club’s 18-hole, championship-caliber golf course has been designed to take full advantage of an expansive site that transitions from rolling meadows and thick jungle to small lakes and old quarries. Elevated tees offer magnificent views of the island’s east and west coasts.
The land at Apes Hills Club has been divided into eight neighborhoods, with each neighborhood named after a 17th-century plantation field name. Two-thirds of the club’s acreage will remain as open space, ensuring that each resident may take maximum advantage of the exquisite tropical setting. At completion, the low-density community will comprise a Bajan-themed collection of single-family homes and cluster units.
Construction at Apes Hills Club has been underway since summer, 2005. Lots are currently for sale or pre-sale.