The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - An­dals Re­sorts

SIn­ter­na­tional (SRI) is proud to an­nounce it has ac­quired the mag­nif­i­cent Cap Es­tate 18-hole cham­pi­onship Saint Lu­cia Golf Course, with a com­mit­ment to trans­form it into a world-class fa­cil­ity that can fa­cil­i­tate ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

Soon to be re­branded as the San­dals St. Lu­cia Golf and Coun­try Club at Cap Es­tate, this new in­vest­ment in Des­ti­na­tion Saint Lu­cia comes just weeks af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of San­dals ground­break­ing over-the-wa­ter bun­ga­low con­cept and over­the-wa­ter seren­ity chapel at San­dals Grande St. Lu­cian.

San­dals Chair­man, the Hon­ourable Gor­don ‘Butch’ Ste­wart, said he is proud to once again in­vest in Saint Lu­cia and help sup­port on­go­ing ef­forts to make the is­land one of the most sought-af­ter hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions in the world to­day.

“We are over the moon to be able to of­fer San­dals guests such a great golf­ing op­tion in the East­ern Caribbean. It is the only premier 18-hole cham­pi­onship course, and we are thrilled to bring this gor­geous fa­cil­ity into our grow­ing Saint Lu­cian fam­ily of of­fer­ings.”

De­spite its pic­turesque set­ting, the par-71, 6,829yard course is con­sid­ered one of the most chal­leng­ing in the Caribbean, and is sure to be a ma­jor draw for golf­ing en­thu­si­asts the world over.

World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Nor­man, who has part­nered with San­dals pre­vi­ously to de­sign the cham­pi­onship course at Emer­ald Bay, has been no­ti­fied of the pur­chase, and Mr. Ste­wart says ev­ery ef­fort will be made to in­volve Mr. Nor­man in the up­grades at Cap Es­tate.

With plans to in­tro­duce a fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment com­plex, swimming pool, ten­nis courts, new restau­rants and im­proved meet­ing and con­fer­ence ameni­ties, ev­ery­one will ben­e­fit since the fa­cil­ity will be ac­ces­si­ble to guests from other re­sorts, cruise ship vis­i­tors and, very im­por­tantly, the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia them­selves.

“We are go­ing to make what is great even bet­ter,” said Ste­wart. “We are excited to again be of ser­vice to the peo­ple of this beau­ti­ful is­land by bring­ing first class, in­ter­na­tional stan­dard golf­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the is­land. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia to ex­pe­ri­ence the com­pre­hen­sive, qual­ity of­fer­ings that will be added.”

The an­nounce­ment of the San­dals Golf and Coun­try Club at Cap Es­tate is op­por­tune as, just a short walk away, San­dals will be­gin con­struc­tion of the new avant-garde 350-key fives­tar all-suite San­dals La Source St. Lu­cia Re­sort, right next to the San­dals Grande St. Lu­cian.

A ma­jor an­nounce­ment on this project will be forth­com­ing.

San­dals is com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing its re­cently ac­quired Cap Es­tate 18-hole Cham­pi­onship Golf Course into a world-class fa­cil­ity that can fa­cil­i­tate ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

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