Four top Venezuelan golf writers along with Henrique Lavie, President of the Tour de las Americas, recently played Pete Dye’s Old Quarry GC at our client Santa Barbara Plantation on the island of Curaçao. Their host was David Pearson. Old Quarry is becoming increasingly popular with South American golfers, especially those from Venezuela  – which is only forty miles away.


Check out this story ( in the Spring 2011 issue of Golf Inc magazine. Pete Dye is rated the most influential architect in golf. One of his latest creations is Old Quarry, at our client Santa Barbara Plantation in Curaçao.

6th hole at Old Quarry.

DPA Partner Joe Ramirez recently escorted a group of journalists to SBP. Our group included Elise Rosen (Fodor’s and other), Francis Gallagher (Editor and Publisher, Global Traveler magazine), Michael Gerrity (Publisher, World Property Channel and Luís Fernando Medellín (Casa y Estilo TV).

During our trip, we explored Santa Barbara Plantation as well as the capital city of Willemstad and surrounding attractions.

We look forward to seeing their stories in print and on-air.

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Last week, Joe Ramirez attended Golfweek’s Resort and Marketing Conference in Wisconsin.  He got a chance to play Whistling Straits in Kohler, the site of the 2010 PGA Championship.  Below are some pictures from Joe’s trip, many thanks to Golfweek!

Town of Haven, Wisconsin

Heading to the first hole

Tough course. Called "Whistling" Straits due to the breeze coming off Lake Michigan.

Avoid the rough at all costs.

Off the 9th green.

I didn't hit down there.

View of the club house from 18th fairway.

Check out developer Jack Marshall discussing Santa Barbara Plantation in the July/August issue of Ocean Home.

Curaçao’s new resort community features vacation homes, Pete Dye golf course, Hyatt Regency Curaçao Resort and Spa

CURAÇAO, Netherlands Antilles – For golfers, beach lovers, sailors, anglers and snorkelers seeking their dream vacation home in the Caribbean, the search may now be over. With the opening of the Hyatt Regency Curacao Resort and Spa and legendary golf designer Pete Dye’s “Old Quarry” Golf Course, this historic island has now reached the level where “world-class destination resort” is an appropriate description.

And those impressive amenities don’t even include the deepwater Seru Boca Marina, the Tennis Center run by Peter Burwash International; or the powdery white sand beaches, colorful shallow reefs and turquoise waters offshore.

Residential choices begin with charming Dutch Colonial villas sited steps from marina slips large enough to handle 150-foot crafts with ease. Deep-sea fishing, diving, sailing and wind-surfing are popular the year round in a climate tempered by trade winds, and outside the hurricane zone.

Marina Village includes 27 single-family two and three-bedroom homes priced from U.S. $726,000 and ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,100 square-feet with detached two-car garages and separate guest quarters.

Santa Barbara Plantation developer Jack Marshall with golf course architect Pete Dye

Homes within Marina Village feature traditional Mediterranean architectural design with white exteriors, complemented by imported Italian porcelain tile flooring, European bathroom fixtures and Colombian terracotta roof tiles. Each home offers a private courtyard cooled by the prevailing trade winds moving across the site. Available for the enjoyment of residents and their guests are a swimming pool complex and paths connecting to Seru Boca Marina and the resort’s extensive bike/jogging trail system.

Terrace Homes Overlook Fairway and Sea

In addition to Marina Village, Santa Barbara Plantation offers 95 Terrace Homes being built on gently sloping terrain offering commanding views of the Caribbean Sea and the Old Quarry Golf Course.

The Terrace Homes residences are priced from $1.1 million and average 3,000 square feet in size. Homes will feature rustic terracotta roofs with handsome stone accents. Also available are 125 estate home sites priced from $450,000 to more than $2 million. The sites offer magnificent vistas of either golf course fairways or Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean Sea beyond.
Santa Barbara Plantation is a new 1,500-acre resort community 25 minutes from Curaçao’s capital city of Willemstad.

Pool at the Hyatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

Recently opened is is the stunning 350-room beachfront yatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, offering onsite amenities such as fine and casual dining, a full-service salon and fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool and cabana area and the highly acclaimed Atabei Spa, complemented by spacious bungalow units available for rental featuring in-suite spa services. There is also a resort marina located near the hotel that can accommodate up to five mega-yachts up to 120 feet in length, dive boats, charter boats and catamarans for evening dinner cruises.

The championship Old Quarry Golf Course offers priority tee times to Santa Barbara Plantation homeowners and Hyatt Regency guests. The dramatic natural contours of the site yield a layout that provides golfers with spectacular views and plenty of challenge. Complementing the golf course is an 8,000 square-foot clubhouse featuring a fully stocked golf shop, locker rooms and a restaurant and lounge.

The community also features a private beach club for residents and their guests; business center; outdoor swimming pools and boutique retail shops. Residents and guests who relish nature will enjoy miles of walking, jogging and bicycling trails through the community.

Curaçao’s Hato International Airport is regularly served by major air carriers such as American, Continental and Delta. Air France-KLM and ArkeFly also offer a number of flights each week from Amsterdam.

Santa Barbara Plantation is being created by VIDA Group N.V., developers of premier resort and master planned communities for the past 35 years.

For more information on Santa Barbara Plantation visit

David Pearson Associates is happy to announce the signing with PGA Village- Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Last Friday I brought Jack Marshall over to Delray for a photo shoot with Pete Dye. Jack is leading the development of our client Santa Barbara Plantation, a 1,500-acre waterfront community on the island of Curaçao, in the Dutch Caribbean.

Santa Barbara features the 150-slip Seru Boca Marina, a 350-room Hyatt Regency Resort and Pete Dye’s fabulous Old Quarry Golf Course. Grand Opening ceremonies for the hotel and golf course are being planned for June of this year.

The photos resulting from our shoot last week will soon be published in Executive Golfer magazine, which is running a series of stories surrounding the opening of Santa Barbara Plantation.

Pete, Jack and the rest of our team are looking forward to an exciting year in Curaçao.

Pictures from the Santa Barbara Plantation, Curacao press trip…


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