The subtropical savannah plains of Kanantik Belize will be home to the only signature 18-hole championship golf course in Belize, designed by international golf-course planner Casey O’Callaghan. Reminiscent of the African plains, its perfectly undulating hills, spring-fed ponds, and a scattering of indigenous caribbean pines, oaks, and palm trees throughout the whispering grasslands provide the landscape for this challenging course. A luxurious Clubhouse will feature an organic restaurant serving gourmet snacks and meals from our community farm, as well as a casual bar for refreshments and alcoholic beverages that guests can savor while enjoying the outdoor veranda. The Clubhouse will also house our therapeutic Mayacology Spa, where guests can relax with massages and specialty body treatments, or lounge by the pool after a workout session from a licensed trainer. Adjoining the clubhouse will be a practice driving range and expert putting greens to help improve your game.
Casey O’Callaghan currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Lead Designer for Casey O’Callaghan Golf Course Design, Inc. located in Newport Beach, California. In this capacity, Casey has focused on new golf course design, master planning design, golf course restoration, and various resort development projects throughout North America, Asia, and Latin America since 1990. Casey O’Callaghan is a 1989 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Environmental Design.
Brendan Steele is an American professional golfer from California currently playing on the PGA Tour. Steele turned professional in 2005 and played on the Golden State Tour, winning four times. In 2006 and 2007, he played on the Canadian Tour, and he began playing on the Nationwide Tour in 2008. In 2010, he won the final event of the season, the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. In 2011, Steele won his first PGA Tour event at the Valero Texas Open by one stroke by holing a seven-foot par putt on the 18th. Steele was the third PGA Tour rookie to win in 2011. Steele’s victory earned invites to The Players Championship, Bridgestone Invitational, 2011 PGA Championship, and the 2012 Masters. The win also moved Steele from 115th to 19th in the FedEx Cup standings. Steele won the Safeway Open on October 16, 2016, one stroke over Patton Kizzire for his second win on the PGA Tour. His winning score of −18 tied the tournament record for lowest score relative to par.
Kanantik Golf Club is a world class golf course. The goal of Kanantik Belize’s golf course design is to create a golf course that will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. Not only will Kanantik Belize boast the only 18-hole championship golf course in the country, but the course will play 6,900 yards, 6,600 yards, 6,200 yards, 5,700 yards, and 5,200 yards from the various tee complexes. The landing areas from these tees will be generous. The lower handicap players from these tees will have to negotiate the bunker hazards but most of the bunker hazards will be more aesthetic than in play for the higher handicap golfers. Golfers playing the 6,900 yard and 6,600 yard tees will need to think their way through the golf course. The bunker hazards narrow the fairway landing area from between 240 yards to 270 yards off of the tee. We have allowed multiple angles of attack on tee shots. In many cases, golfers can risk carrying a fairway bunker, or a longer carry of a fairway bunker, for a better approach angle into the green. There are a few split fairways where golfers will need to hit to the correct portion of the fairway for the best angle into the green depending on the pin position. Casual resort golfers will enjoy the beauty and playability of the Kanantik Belize Golf Course while avid golfers who are students of the game will appreciate the strategy and nuance within the golf course.