Prime Minister P.J. Patterson cut a ribbon last Friday and officially declared open the SuperClubs Golf Club at Ironshore in Montego Bay, as a throng of local and overseas VIPs – including several Caribbean heads of government – looked on.
The leaders, in Montego Bay for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, included Prime Ministers of the Bahamas, Herbert Ingraham; Basdeo Panday of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Dr. Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis and Owen Arthur of Barbados.
Prime Minister Patterson was assisted in the ribbon-cutting exercise by SuperClubs’ executive vice president, Joe Issa.
The Jamaican Prime Minister congratulated the SuperClubs group for opening the golf club and described it as a formidable asset to the island’s tourism product. In turn, Mr. Issa thanked the Prime Minister for agreeing to participate and said SuperClubs was happy to be investing for a second time in the Montego Bay resort area. The group also operates the MoBay Breezes hotel. SuperClubs early last year leased the 18-hole championship facility on a long-term basis from Montego Bay real estate developer, Joe Whitter.
The resort group then put in place a multi-million dollar short-term improvement programme for the facility to blend into what is being planned as a four-course ‘golf corridor’ for the Rose Hall area.
The Rose Hall gold destination – an international concept designed to draw some of the most famous names on the global golf circuit to Montego Bay on a regular basis for international tourneys – is to also feature the Half Moon course, the Ocean Course at Rose Hall (for merely the Wyndham Resort course) and the new White Witch course, which forms a part of the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Resort complex.
Picture caption: Prime Minister P.J. Patterson (third left) cuts the ribbon to officially declare open the SuperClubs Golf Club, at Ironshore, in Montego Bay. He is assisted by the resort group’s executive vice president, Joe Issa (left). The function was attended by several Caribbean heads of government who were in Montego Bay for a summit. From left (behind the Jamaican leader) Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Basdeo Panday, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada; Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Owen Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados.
Source: The Gleaner