Apes Hill Barbados Garners International Distinction

by | Jun 17, 2024 | News

Golfweek has released its 2024 “Top 100 International Courses” list, and the championship 18-hole layout at Apes Hill Barbados makes its debut in the inaugural compilation at No. 72.

“We aspire to provide the finest amenities, rental villas, and private homes to our members and guests,” said Sunil Chatrani, Executive Chairman, Apes Hill Barbados. “Being named one of the world’s top 100 international courses — out of tens of thousands — is objective, critical confirmation that we are fulfilling our mission to reach the top echelon in every respect.”

Golfweek’s Best has previously ranked classic and modern international courses separately. However, in 2024, for the first time, all ages of courses have been combined to create a single comprehensive ranking outside the U.S.

Golfweek has a team of course raters who regularly assess and rate courses based on 10 criteria. They assign an overall rating to each course, which is then averaged to produce an overall rating for each course. These ratings are used to rank the courses against each other.

The brainchild of golf architect Ron Kirby — the final design of his much-admired portfolio that counts courses in Ireland to Mexico, Asia to the Caribbean — Apes Hill is ranked fifth in “Golfweek’s 2024 Top 50 Courses You Can Play” in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Atlantic Islands.

Apes Hill has been consistently recognized for its excellence. It was awarded the Development of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine, and it also won four categories at the 2023 World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi, including ‘World’s Best Golf Real Estate Venue’, ‘World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’, and’ Best New Golf Course in Barbados and the Caribbean. ‘

Kirby’s design debuted in 2022 and was immediately cited as a ‘must-play’ venue with stunning, unrivalled views of the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The layout is perched 1,000 feet above sea level and set within 475 acres of natural terrain and where large troops of Barbados green monkeys roam. The resort also offers a state-of-the-art Performance Centre and floodlit driving range, while a family friendly nine-hole par-3 golf course is close to completion.

The Apes Hill championship course welcomed some of the game’s most famous names when it hosted a Legends Tour event hosted by property ambassador and erstwhile Masters Champion, Ian Woosnam. The elite players praised the course routing and ingenious holes that are maintained in part by an irrigation system that collects rainwater in its 58-million-gallon reservoir. Teamed with using local seaweed, manure and compost for fertilizer to redirect rainfall through bioswales to recharge aquifers, Apes Hill’s dedication to the environment is unwavering and recently illuminated by achieving Audubon International certification for its enviro and sustainability best practices.

Sustainability permeates virtually everything at Apes Hill with its farm producing fresh herbs, edible flowers, bananas, breadfruit trees and honey to provide for the on-site restaurants at the 20th Hole and Noisy Cricket, which pride themselves on a farm-to-fork menu.

Apes Hill’s family-friendly accommodations start with three-bedroom courtyard villas, framed by Barbados’ natural coral and foliage. All feature a private swimming pool with ocean views never far away. Each villa is oriented to catch natural light, breezes and breathtaking vistas allowing for complete privacy or entertaining in equal measure.


Photo courtesy of Apes Hill