Golf Article

Barbados World Cup

Barbados World Golf Championships

By Peter Hellman

Classic Golf Tours


The World Golf Championship, to be held December 5-10, 2006 in Barbados, has the format that makes for good television viewing and even better spectator participation. 


Like the Ryder Cup, it pits the Americans against players from other countries, but it goes one better.  In the World Golf Championship, the best of the U.S. squares off against the best from 23 different countries and not just the collective Ryder Cup talent of a few European golfers.  It reminds me of the World Cup, soccer's biggest championship, which fuels interest and nationalism across the globe every two years.  The recent World Cup played this summer and won by France, was no exception. 


Here's how the World Golf Championship works.  Up to twenty-four golfers are invited to the event.  They must be native-born citizens of 24 different countries and be among the top ranked players in the world as of September 11, 2006.  The invitees must select a player from the same country ranked among the top 100 players as his teammate.  If there is no player available within the top 100, the original player may select from a larger list of players who must, however, also be from the same country. 


This competition was first held in 2000 and Tiger Woods and his partner David Duval won it.  But since then, there hasn't been an winning American team.  Last year a team from Wales won.  Though we won't know the make up of all 24 teams until after September 22nd, it promises to be a fun event to follow.


Barbados is a jewel in the chain of Caribbean islands.  With world-class hotels and dining, great beaches and terrific shopping this blending of authentic Caribbean and English charm welcomes its visitors with warmth and in English.  Barbados is also becoming a serious golf destination.  Golfers seeking the best money can buy, can find it in Barbados.  The recently opened and terribly exclusive Green Monkey Golf Club at Sandy Lane has critics raving.  This Tom Fazio designed course has to be at the top of every golf course-trophy seeking golfer's list.  The course is groomed to perfection and stays that way as tee times are at one-hour intervals.  With that kind of spacing, it makes you feel as if the Green Monkey is yours and at $1,000 per round maybe it should be.  Stay at the luxury Sandy Lane Resort and your round drops to a more comfortable $350.  Be aware, however, that in low season (May through December) Sandy Lane's rates start at $1,100 per night for a luxury ocean view room while in high season, that rate doubles. 


Fortunately, there are other good courses to play on Barbados that won't cost the kids inheritance.  The redesigned County Club, where the World golf Championships will be played, is a terrific course and also located at Sandy Lane.  The Royal Westmoreland, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course that opened in 1995, is another course worth playing.  The Barbados Country Club is the last of the full 18-hole courses on the island though work is starting on another.  You can also have some fun on a public 9-hole courses and the original Sandy Lane 9-holer.


Classic Golf Tours is working with the Barbados Tourist Board to encourage you to come to Barbados and join the fun.  Come see Tiger Woods, should he accept his certain invitation.  Remember, Barbados is where Tiger married and unless that nuptial bliss has already been broken, I think there is a good chance Tiger (and his lovely Swedish bride) will return to this place of personal importance.  Special packages that include private car transfers, deluxe accommodations, two or four rounds of golf and tickets to all four days of the event are now available.  Classic Golf Tours has several four and seven night packages for you to choose from starting at $1,255 per person.  Airfare is not included.  Classic Golf Tours can also customize your trip to include the best hotels, a night with the London Symphony Orchestra and an evening with the stars themselves ie. the world's best golfers.  Call us, space is limited.