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The golf world has its unquestioned pantheon of celebrity property builders. There’s Dana Garmany, founder and chairman of Troon;
of KemperSports; and the
household behind Oregon’s Bandon Dunes and Wisconsin’s Sand Valley.
is carving out a spot amongst that group, fastidiously rising a group of programs throughout the hemisphere branded with bucket-list views, luxurious actual property alternatives, and group involvement.
The 42-year-old husband and father of three shook up the golf and journey trade in 2004, partnering with
Michael Keiser Sr.
Cape Breton and its golf venue, Cabot Hyperlinks. In-built what was as soon as a mining city in his native Canada, Cowan-Dewar’s northern golf vacation spot is dwelling to 3 sea-side programs, Cabot Hyperlinks,
and The Nest.
The subsequent web page in Cowan-Dewar’s rising golf portfolio will flip within the Caribbean with the 2022 opening of Cabot Saint Lucia. Swept by ocean breezes and boasting a golf course designed by Coore and
the positioning might be a luxurious actual property construct using a whole lot of locals recovering from pandemic setbacks.
Following shut behind the opening of the Saint Lucia property, the main focus will shift to Cabot Revelstoke, a golf resort expertise amid the mountain cities of British Columbia.
PENTA: After making Cabot Cape Breton a hit in Nova Scotia, you’re increasing into the Caribbean. Why there and never Asia or South America?
Ben Cowan-Dewar: Once we appeared on the success we had at Cape Breton, we checked out the place our company had been coming from collectively. In the event you instructed me 17 years in the past that individuals would come to Nova Scotia from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas, I’d have been shocked. Nonetheless, these are 4 of our high eight U.S. states for visitor visits. We anticipate that development to proceed because the populations in states like Florida and Texas will solely develop as individuals proceed to go away California.
We began to take a look at the place that very same buyer base went within the winter. That led us to give attention to the Caribbean and the British Commonwealth islands.
Why did you select St. Lucia, particularly?
What we had been after is what we had in Cape Breton—a spectacular property for actual property. We additionally wished to seek out good air entry and a powerful, sustained island inhabitants. In the event you added up all the pieces we got down to discover on a listing, it’s all right here on St. Lucia.
What enterprise setting did you discover once you first appeared into creating a Caribbean property?
There have been a variety of tasks that had been undertaken within the 2000s. Sadly, a lot of them didn’t make it via the monetary disaster of 2008. We checked out completely different venues all through the islands in numerous ranges of growth. Some got here a great distance earlier than closing, and others simply barely obtained began earlier than shutting down immediately.
Although I had by no means been to St. Lucia, I did hear a few promising growth on the island. So, I got here down right here in 2016. I used to be on the positioning for lower than quarter-hour earlier than figuring out this was it. I like Hawaii and the variety of that panorama, and I discovered those self same components right here from ocean to rain forest to arid. The truth that the equator retains it 84 levels yr spherical is a cheerful bonus.
Caribbean economies suffered via 2008, a number of hurricanes and a yr of Covid-19 restrictions. What does it imply to an island like St. Lucia to welcome a growth like Cabot?
St. Lucia was fantastic earlier than we obtained right here. It’s identified world wide for its fantastic tradition, its individuals, its meals. Nonetheless, the monetary disaster was significantly devastating to St Lucia as a result of it was simply coming into its personal with a number of properties nearing completion when the 2008 slowdown hit.
We introduced an necessary growth right here coinciding with the arrival of Covid and the impact that had on the island’s important trade of tourism. The world was thrown the other way up, and the golf world noticed a variety of tasks cease. The choice to maintain engaged on the St. Lucia undertaking via the pandemic made it necessary to the island’s restoration.
How a lot of a choose up in resort and golf journey do you anticipate to see because the pandemic wanes?
I imagine you’ll see a large rebound in leisure journey. In truth, I believe it’ll be one of many first financial crises after which you’ll see leisure journey lead a restoration. Normally, enterprise journey leads, however now leisure demand is so pent up that you just’ll see a renaissance.
The St. Lucia growth helps to make use of native staff post-pandemic. You additionally help environmental and social causes round Cape Breton. Is philanthropy a signature of what Cabot is making an attempt to construct?
We’re the most important employer in Cape Breton, and we notice our accountability to be a superb company citizen in that group. To have the ability to construct in locations like Nova Scotia and St. Lucia with their large pure magnificence, it’s incumbent on us to be stewards of these areas—to provide again to them. That commonplace stays the identical irrespective of the place we’re on this planet.
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