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Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Golfing - 03/09/09 06:37 PM

Wondering how many golf courses are in belize. And what are the good ones to play at OTHER then Caye Chapel. Please Rate your top 5 (if there is that many golf courses).
Posted By: JZB

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 06:44 PM

There are 1 and 1/2 golf courses in Belize. If you golf, Caye Chapel is pretty much your only option.

Caye Chapel - 7200 yrds, par 72, links style
Roaring Creek - 9 holes course/cow pasture/flood plain
or
Unitedville - 1 hole, par 3, private course
Ambergris Caye - driving range, floater golf balls only.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:14 PM

I heard a rumbling that there is going to be a golf course on the Westside of AC within the next 5 years and Greg Norman is building it. Is this true or is it a myth.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:17 PM

The ABSOLUTE TRUTH!!!
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:18 PM

let's hope it never really happens. there are tons of great activities, both land and sea, already available to those seeking a different kind of vacation in belize. smile
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:23 PM

Sweetjane why do you not want the Golf Course to happen on the Westside. I think it would benefit everybody on the island. But then the westside will not be the best kept secret lol.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:33 PM

The west side is developing at a rapid pace now that electrical power is running over there...no room for a golf course on solid land. Not gonna happen!
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:37 PM

I bought property over there last year and I have Limestone as my bedding on my property. Could they not dredge it to make it a secure golf course on land (Caye Chapel).
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:39 PM

Dredge where? What about the ecology of the area?
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:42 PM

I have never been to the Westside of the Island. My wife did and she bought property there. So I am not to familiar with the ecology of the area. So what you are saying is that it would be a bad idea and also not logical from an investors standpoint.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:43 PM

You need to visit before any more discussions
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:50 PM

I will be visiting in May. How far up on the Westside is the power running?
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 07:59 PM

Across the lagoon
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 08:13 PM

So on the inside of th Island. Cause I am on the outside of the island on the Caribbean Side (ocean front). Hopefully we get power when I start to build. What a way to get off topic lol. So is caye Chapel worth the amount they charge. Golf people please compare the price of Caye Chapel to a Good course that you have played before.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 08:22 PM

I have played twice. Its been two years since last time. But its a good course. I was told it was rated no.3 in the carib. Its tough from the tip when you are into the wind. Last I looked it was $150.00 to play, thats 9 to 4 pm, all you can play. Take your own clubs, there house clubs were not very good the one time I used them.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 08:24 PM

BTW, I am a 7 index.
Posted By: ExOkie

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:15 PM

I was hoping someone would bring this up. I never caught the golfing bug (thankfully) but I like to think that with everything else to do on the island, golf would be the last thing you'd go to AC for. I don't understand how it would benefit "everyone" on the island? I'm sure that with tons of money someone could (and probably will unfortunately) manufacture a golf course on the island but on such a small island is that the best use of the land and water?
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:44 PM

I would rather see a beautiful golf course than a series of tall condos and hotel. That is what that property is slated for I am told.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:46 PM

What property?
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:48 PM

Across the lagoon from SP.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:49 PM

That property is all subdivided into house lots and sold. Where are you thinking of????
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:51 PM

Well, also in that area I was told there was going to be a hotel w/golf course.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:52 PM

Strange... no property available for that.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:53 PM

In Aug, I was talking with a realtor and he told me of some giant commercial land baron from Canada that had purchased 1200 acres and so forth.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 10:56 PM

Did anybody say this development would be occuring in this lifetime?

It will take an INCREDIBLE amount of money to build and maintain a golf course on the west coast of Ambergris Caye - in fact anywhere on Ambergris Caye.

I haven't seen an approval for a development that includes a golf course being issued on Ambergris Caye... yet.

Chances are any tall buildings being built on west Ambergris will be 3 or 4 storeys tall. Most development built to date in that area is 2 storeys tall.

The electricity has run across the lagoon but it will take considerable funding to run it up the coast. Currently the power plan is sufficient to service the existing structures and the area directly opposite the San Pedro town core.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:01 PM

Thats odd, why would he say what he did? He was talking million dollar homes and condos w/a large named hotel ( don't remember which) and was getting 5 major developers to commit to large parcels and to begin construction within 3 years.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:09 PM

Who is "he"?
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:12 PM

Don't recall the name but was at realty office across from Tropic and a bit south. I was killing time and went in to BS about AC.
Maybe Coldwell Banker ???
Posted By: skippy

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:19 PM

Originally Posted by champion
BTW, I am a 7 index.


Since we're telling, 5.3 here, up from 3.2 at this time last year. Got a full ride to college from the Western Golf Assn. So obviously I'm an avid golfer. I even live on a course, or rather adjacent to it. And the last thing I want to see is a golf course built there. I just had the chance to play Caye Chapel a couple weeks ago and turned it down. Went bonefishing instead. Next time I'm invited I'll turn it down to go diving, or sailing. It's not just that Belize and golf shouldn't go together; the runoff from a golf course cannot be good for the reef.

Besides, seeing how difficult it is for foreign interests to build or develop, a project of the scale mentioned would be next to impossible. Thank goodness. I like the barriers that were put into place with independence. Belize gets to do things their way, not the US way or the British way or the *shudder* Canadian way.

Just kidding, eh!

Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:22 PM

Originally Posted by champion
Don't recall the name but was at realty office across from Tropic and a bit south. I was killing time and went in to BS about AC.
Maybe Coldwell Banker ???

If every wild development "story" thats been told in the last few years came to fruition, the island would need to be 25 times larger!
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/09/09 11:23 PM

I have played twice like I said but normally I don't. For me the first time it was all about wow a golf couse in Belize. Gotta see this. The second time was a buddy had to go see too. Golf is not what I want to do in Belize either. All I was saying based on what was told to me, I would rather see green than buildings.
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 02:32 AM

skippy - yay! nicely said.

and, he was probably talking about this? :

http://www.brahmablue.com/

(sorry)
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 04:00 PM

So what I am reading in this topic is NOBODY wants to have a Golf Course on the Westside of the Island, as it will ruin the land. And I guess once you play Caye Chapel you will not play again. I am an avid golfer and play 20-30 rounds a year. When I was on AC a few years ago I did absolutly nothing as I wanted to do was relax on the beach. Next time I come I will be bringing my golf clubs and playing Caye Chapel as I atleast play one round of golf on my vacations (Wife hates it)lol. What is bonefishing to get of topic for a sec
Posted By: KC Jayhawk

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 04:15 PM

Originally Posted by Jon The Baptist
What is bonefishing to get of topic for a sec


Fishing the flats on the lagoon side of the island for bonefish.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 04:56 PM

Is it legal to go Shark fishing?
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 05:00 PM

No
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 05:31 PM

Their should be Fishing & Gaming Boats patrolling the waters everyday to deal with these 'Poachers'. I never meant Nurse Shark Fishing. Big Game Shark Fishing, Catch Release program if you dare lol. Going to Shark Ally is one of the reasons why I decided to buy in Belize not to mention the Reef.
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 05:56 PM

Originally Posted by Jon The Baptist
And I guess once you play Caye Chapel you will not play again. I am an avid golfer and play 20-30 rounds a year.


If I were only going down for one or two weeks, I probably would not put golf on the agenda. We own a condo on the Island and spend 2-3 months at a time. Therefore, I will usually play Caye Chapel at least once or twice when we're there. I try to get about 40 rounds a year in at home. If you are an avid golfer like I am, I think Caye Chapel is worth the money, albeit a very challenging course.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 08:30 PM

LOANSUM...Where do you play. I have played Glen Abbey in Oakville at that course is in the PGA tour. What do you have around your house that compares to Glen Abbey or Caye Chapel.
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 10:24 PM

I belong to Sunland Golf & Country Club: http://www.sunlandgolf.com/
It's very challenging in as much as the fairways are narrow and every hole has OB's left and right. It definitely lends itself to course management.
I don't know what to compare Caye Chapel with. Lot's of water and the wind can play heck sometimes.
What is most unusual is when you check in at the club house you have to sign a waiver because of the crocks! If you hit a ball in the water and it's close enough to retrieve, think twice.....your golfing partner may have to play the rest of the course by himself :-)
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/10/09 11:06 PM

You know, I never saw one croc when I was there either time. But I am sure they are there. You will enjoy the course and it is a @itch when the wind is in your face. From the tips I would say its rated about a 74 and a slope of 120.
Posted By: JZB

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 01:16 AM

I live on AC and am very grateful for the Golf Course at Caye Chapel. Its a great course and it can be extremely challenging. In the dry season it gets a little crunchy though.

There has been talk of a Golf course on Ambergris Caye since Tiger Woods visited 3 or 4 years ago.

The area on the West coast or lagoon is has plenty of land for a golf course and a good portion of it is fairly high land. The developer has the land to do it and from what I understand the resort they are speaking with is the Ritz.

Will it happen I don't know and certainly until it is built and I have played a round I will be skeptical. Most people don't associate Belize with Golf but I do. When you only have one course to play it can get old after a few hundred rounds.

As for Caye Chapel being expensive I would disagree. You can show up in the morning and play three rounds before the end of the day along with lunch a few drinks and a swim in the pool. Oh and by the way I have never waited on the T for anyone. You can't do that in the US or Canada on a Saturday even at the country club!

Hit the ball straight.

Travelinman
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 01:30 AM

In addition to Caye Chapel and the 9-hole Roaring River courses, there's also a little 9-hole course at Consejo Shores development near Corozal Town and a uncompleted course on the Old Northern Highway at the site of the former Pretty See lodge. Several other mainland courses have been talked about for years but have never gotten off the ground.

--Lan Sluder
Posted By: Scuba do

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 01:30 PM

I am headed to Caye Chapel today, my index is much higher @ 15, and will give an updated report when I return
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 02:54 PM

Wow, a golf course on AC! I hope they build next to the new amuesment park between the Walmart and the Starbucks; It would be great to watch golfers while riding the roller coaster.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 03:53 PM

Bing, I thought you died on a golf course in Spain. ??
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 04:11 PM

He did! We're in a virtual world now.
Posted By: klcman

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 07:00 PM

( and he re-incarnates himself into other (im)posters as well )
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 07:44 PM

As most people know I love golf, but leave it in Palm Springs not on a tiny fragile island.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 08:03 PM

I just want to play Caye Chapel atleast once to buy a Caye Chapel Golf Ball so I can add to me collection.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 08:11 PM

As I am told, Caye Chapel was built a number of years ago at a cost of $25,000,000.00 - total outlay including island. If it remains the only golf course in the area, away from everything else then its not harming anything. It is also self generating with respect to power (deisel) and saltwater desalination. Let it stand as a place for those to enjoy that want a little more
while on vacation.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 08:33 PM

I think we should all play around one day when I get there lol. Majority of you guys frequently visit the island more then me so you can freshen up on the course lol. CHEATERS lol.
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 10:40 PM

I would agree wiyh champion; no problem having a course on Caye Chapel. Ambergris is another story.
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: Golfing - 03/11/09 10:41 PM

I would agree with champion; no problem having a course on Caye Chapel. Ambergris is another story.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:01 PM

Is it true that Caye Chapel is for sale?
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:07 PM

Everything is for sale.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:11 PM

Its been for sale a long time. They had visions of a casino on the northwest end of the island but never came to pass. Heard the price back 5 yrs ago was $55,000,000.00
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:19 PM

Holy Sh*t tht is alot of money. I guess they are not making much money on the Island
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:33 PM

You know they never have had more than 8 people playing golf there both times I played the course. The villas they built to rent were a hell of a deal. $1000.00 a day but that was all the golf w/carts and housing for as many as 3 couples. Hell, play golf in Cabo and you pay $250.00 a round. Pebble Beach is $500.00 Now I see they are trying to sell the villas @ 2.5 to 3.5 Million ea.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:35 PM

Those villas by the way are TOP NOTCH homes. Took a tour of three different ones and let me tell you they are NICE!!!
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 04:43 PM

They may be nice but do you get a Lifetime Membership for what they are selling them fore?
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 05:01 PM

I don't know the ins and outs of any of that stuff. I would assume play would be part of the deal tho.
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 06:05 PM

Roaring River Golf Course is a very pleasant, beautiful course located several miles from Belmopan...south at the sign in the Village of Roaring Creek. It has a clubhouse and a new, spiffy restaurant. Tuesday, a flock of local golfers show-up and play until exhaustion. Speaking of which...as the sun is setting, the golf course plays host to one of the greatest displays of bird-life, in Belize. Lockers are available to rent on a yearly basis...just don't creep around locker 4!!!!
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Golfing - 03/12/09 08:42 PM

Originally Posted by Jon The Baptist
Is it true that Caye Chapel is for sale?

I was under the impression that it did sell......about a month ago they indicated that their website was under re-construction and if I remember correctly it mentioned something about new ownership......could be wrong as my memory isn't what it used to be :-)
Posted By: Scuba do

Re: Golfing - 03/13/09 04:52 PM

I played the course 2 days ago and thought it was nice, the greens won't hold because of the lack of water on them.As we flew off the island at 4:30 we saw all the sprinklers had been turned on, probably due to my 8 inch divots.The rental clubs are very average, and all the drivers have flex shafts, if your swing speed is over 85 you can't use them, you will block it right everytime, so I teed off with a 6 iron, saved many strokes.You will pay $150 greens fee and about $ 55 for your flight( if you have the golf course book it for you ) and then $15 for a dozen used, but nice golf balls and a few bucks for tees and drinks.Lunch is very nice @ $ 15 and I was provided towels and allowed to use the clubhouse for a quick shower after the round, but please remember, the men's locker room is on the left...yes I did,thank God no women walked in on me while I was showering.I left with a bill for $ 237 US, only because the men who ask me into their foursome insisted we play the front 9 for lunch and I birdied # 9, a long par five, to win the frontside, I think the juice is worth the squeeze, really nice island to visit, but remember, men's locker room to the left
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Golfing - 03/13/09 08:34 PM

Is number 9 that long par 5 that has the Caribbean running all the way down the fairway on the left & a fairway that's as skinny as I am?!?! Suba do, if you birdied that puppy you deserved to win the frontside on that hole alone!!
Posted By: champion

Re: Golfing - 03/13/09 09:00 PM

# 9 is bordered to the right by the water. I think you are thinking of maybe 14ish on the back.
Posted By: Jon The Baptist

Re: Golfing - 03/13/09 09:54 PM

You could have fun if a female walked in on you lol. So make sure you go left lmao. So I guess I will leave my driver in the bag all day (crappy).
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