Is This Your New Bucket List Golf Course?

View over the new course at Point Hardy GC (Image credit: Jacob Sjöman)

Golf writers are inundated with invitations. Many, like one I received this morning inviting me to write something about the cushioning benefits of a special new sock, are not particularly appealing. But occasionally, an invitation drops in that lifts the spirits, reminding this cynical golfing hack of what a privilege and thrill it is to cover all things relating to this great sport.

That was exactly how I felt when I received an invitation from Cabot to travel to Saint Lucia… yes, Saint Lucia… to look at their new project at Point Hardy Golf Club: An exciting development with a course designed by renowned architectural pairing Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, set on the dramatic coastline where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. That email was fun to read!

I knew a little of Cabot following their recent acquisition of Castle Stuart, now called Cabot Highlands. I’d heard about the Canadian company’s ambition and vision, and I’d also read a little about their entrepreneurial, young CEO Ben Cowan-Dewar.

 I then did some research into the Cabot Saint Lucia development and after seeing pictures of the spectacular site – I was extremely excited to go take a proper look. The fact I learned I might also get to speak with Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and Cabot co-founder Ben Cowan Dewar, had me champing at the bit to be under Caribbean skies, away from the Scottish winter.

The course at Point Hardy provides a great example of a golf course design that makes the very most of an exceptional natural setting.

“The great course architects of old worked with the land they were presented with, they found the solution to make it work,” says Ben Crenshaw. “That’s what Bill and I try to emulate. Not to alter the landscape but to use it, to allow the course to sit upon the land rather than force it upon it.”

I think that’s exactly what’s been achieved at Point Hardy, particularly on those coastal holes. Tees and greens have been placed rather than built up, the feeling is hugely natural, even though construction is still underway. Once the course has properly bedded in, it will be an absolute gem and, undoubtedly one to add to your bucket list of golf venues.

Read the full article in Golf Monthly.

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