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Anguilla’s Golf Is Back In The Swing

ANGUILLA – On December 19, 2009, Anguilla’s first and only golf course, the Temenos Golf Course, the $50 million creation of Greg Norman, will re-open. “The Temenos Golf Course provides an extraordinary golf experience that greatly enhances Anguilla’s tourism product and we are pleased that it will re-open in time for the winter season”, said The Honorable Victor F. Banks, Minister of Finance, Economic Development, Investment, Commerce and Tourism.

Considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean, the 7,063-yard championship course was designed by golf legend Greg Norman and first opened in 2006. It offers dramatic elevation changes, water features on 13 holes and will be now be managed by one of Anguilla’s five star properties, Cap Juluca.

Located at the Temenos development, the Temenos Golf Course will be open for the 2009-2010 season and Tee times can now be booked by calling the Temenos Golf Pro Shop at 264.498.5602 or email golf@capjuluca.com. For the 2009-2010 season, the greens fees for a round of 18 holes during peak times will be $225 per person. Discounted greens fees will be offered for twilight Tee times, and to citizens and longtime permanent residents (known as “belongers”) of Anguilla and St. Maarten.

In planning the course, significant environmental efforts were undertaken to preserve and to enhance the island’s natural habitats. Most significant was the renewal of Merrywing Salt Pond, an island landmark, which is now predominantly featured in the course.

Temenos Golf Course offers a golfing experience where sand, wind and water blend seamlessly with Anguilla’s natural environment to present a golfer’s paradise. Some of its signature holes include:

· Players being greeted by a spectacular vista of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea at the tee box of the 390-yard starting hole. The fairway descends over 40-feet to a narrow, two-tiered green sitting precariously on the edge of a saltwater lagoon.

· Large sand dunes on the left and a saltwater pond on the right framing the perilous drive on the 440-yard 16th hole that plays dead into the trade winds and ends with an elevated green surrounded by water and protected by deep bunkers.

· The drive for the finishing hole carrying the edge of the mangrove thicket in a vast stretch of salt marsh that winds through eight of the course holes. The narrowing fairway ascends forty feet through rugged terrain to a narrow green carved out of the native shrub.

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