Breaking Ground At Christophe Harbour Development
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
November 17, 2008 (CUOPM)
Chairman of Kiawah Development Partners, American Charles Pinckney (Buddy) Darby says global economic conditions will not deter his company from moving forward with the US$2 billion Christophe Harbour Development on St. Kitts’ Southeast Peninsula.
“It is a monumental day for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and our company, Kiawah Development Partners. All of us know the global economic times are not as stable as they have been, but today really represents the celebration of the construction of the golf course. It is really a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to Christophe Harbour and to the citizens of this beautiful island,” said Darby, who was also responsible for the development of the Doonbeg Golf Club, located in County Clare, Ireland and a Greg Norman-designed links course, which has been internationally recognized as a top-25 golfing destination by industry publications and travel writers alike.
“We are not going to let economic conditions deter our enthusiasm for this project,” said Darby at the groundbreaking ceremony for the 18-hole championship golf course designed by world-renowned Tom Fazio.
Darby, who has had primary responsibility for Kiawah’s development activities, overseeing all operations in the development of Kiawah Island, a 10,000-acre sea island located 21 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, expressed confidence that with “golfing in our blood, this course at Christophe Harbour will be one of the finest, if not the finest in the Caribbean.”
“It will be a destination of its own and we hope it will be a must play golf course among golf courses around the world,” said Darby.
He said that since the official commencement of Christophe Harbour, Kiawah Development Partners has worked with local contractors to open the Beach House and the bungalows.
“We have moved from one employee to 85 employees of which 82 percent are Kittitians,” said Darby.
The Tom Fazio US$25 million golf course is a component of the Christophe Harbour Development, which will feature two five star hotels including a world-class Mandarin Resort, a classy mega yacht marina, boutiques, shops, luxurious villas, ocean front homes and private home sites surrounded by six pristine beaches on 2,500 acres of land.