Magdalena Grand expands
...Hotel takes over Tobago Plantations golf course
Owners of the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Lowlands, Tobago, Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Co Ltd (eTecK), have entered into a lease agreement with Tobago Plantations Ltd (TPL), to place its 750-acre golf course under the management of the hotel, as part of expanding and enhancing the resort’s holdings.
A statement yesterday said e TecK followed this with a full-scale upgrade of the par-72, 18-hole course to bring the development closer to Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) standards.
“This investment by eTecK supports the resort’s strategic objectives to improve its service offerings and overall marketability,” said Kelvin Mahabir, president of eTecK. “Beyond its clear contribution to Tobago’s Tourism product, Magdalena Grand continues to support the local economy, since Magdalena’s opening in December 2011, the hotel has employed over 200 local residents and now with the expansion to the portfolio, 18 former staff members from Tobago Plantations Limited joined the Magdalena family with an additional seven new employees. These enhancements to the holdings will no doubt continue to redound to positively impacting the tourism sector in Tobago.”
Magdalena has already seen the impact of including the golf course as part of its service offerings — the hotel is fully booked for the Christmas season and has been able to attract many Scandinavian tourists, who were aboard the island’s first chartered service to the ANR Robinson International Airport on December 4.
The Tobago Plantations Golf Course is a PGA designed course, meeting Championship standards and created by Bob Hunt and Marcus Blackburn of PGA Golf Management Ltd, a design, development and management arm of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland. The course also played host to the 2004 Senior European Tour.
The golf course will be operated as part of the newly re-named Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort and will officially open today.