Fazio plans St Kitts course


Fazio plans St Kitts course
Sean Dudley

American firm Kiawah Development Partners, along with architect Tom Fazio, is planning a major new golf resort on the Caribbean island of St Kitts.

Expected to be open for play by 2012, the course will be located along the southern shore of the Great Salt Pond, atop Priddies Plateau. The first nine holes will built on land elevations ranging from 300-450 feet and edged by ocean ledges. The back nine will play along lower elevations bordering the Great Salt Pond, offering views of the Caribbean Sea, Majors Bay and the harbour. Holes seventeen and eighteen will be elevated above Ballast Bay and will finish along a cliff edge

Plans call for around 100 acres of the 250 acre site to be maintained turfgrass. The fairways will be sand-capped to create firm and fast conditions; wind will be considered a major design element and will influence play, especially in the upper holes. A reverse-osmosis facility is planned to treat ocean water for irrigation. Boulders and outcroppings will be used throughout the course to maintain natural surroundings.