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Has anyone heard of any of he following, I can't seem to find any information;

Sunrise Rock Development

BobK
Opposite end of the island from the lighthouse...does not get any further from the lighthouse as a matter of fact...

"Luxurious 18-hole Golf Course and Resort on Aruba’s Eastern Shore Soon to Break Ground

September 20th, 2010
http://www.aruba.com/news/general-ne...-break-ground/

When The Links at the Divi staged their grand opening event in 2004, several notables from the world of golf attended, including Parker Smith, Senior Editor of GOLF Magazine and Edward Gowan, Executive Director of the Arizona Golf Association. Both were quite taken by Aruba and all it had to offer, and conceptualized a luxurious resort centered around a world class 18-hole course. Alex Nieuwmeyer, General Manager of Divi Properties in Aruba, also a golfing enthusiast, understands the fanatical dedication to the sport by golfers around the globe, and has been facilitating the developers in realizing their project.

The location chosen for this development, which will feature a 270-room resort plus condominium complex, is a stretch of land beginning at the large red anchor that marks the entrance to the old Lago Colony and extend up Hospital Hill, where the resort will stand, allowing golfers a stunning view of the east coast while teeing off on the 18-hole course. “Even though I am involved in seeing this project through,” explained Mr. Nieuwmeyer during an interview with THE MORNING NEWS, “This is a dream of Parker Smith and Ed Gowen, two of the most influential individuals in the sport; the potential for promotion and success among the golfing world is beyond measure.”

The company behind this major resort for “the other side” of Aruba is appropriately named Sunrise Rock Development Group, out of Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Nieuwmeyer was very clear in pointing out the boundaries of the new development, which will in no way impede access to either Baby Beach or Boca Grande, which is very popular with local kitesurfers. “The resort will feature elaborate pool decks and the golf course,” he pointed out. “There will be stairs from the cliff overlooking Baby Beach to allow access for the guests, but the resort will in no way take over these beaches or close them off.”

Prior to commitment to establishing this facility on a part of Aruba which has not been developed as has Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, the company initiated environmental, social and financial impact studies; it is their firm belief the resort and golf course will only have the most positive effect on the area on all counts. “The golf course is planned as a habitat for flora and local fauna,” stated Mr. Nieuwmeyer. “We have seen it with The Links, where we maintained the wetlands. We have flocks of birds and indigenous species which have made the course their home. We have every intention of maintaining the area around the east end of the island in a manner that will allow the local wildlife to flourish. The design of the course will place it among the top golfing experiences in the Caribbean, if not the world.”

“The economic benefits to the area are obvious. Individuals living in San Nicolas and working in tourism will have the option of obtaining jobs closer to home. We imagine the influx of tourists will certainly stimulate commerce in San Nicolas. We have spoken to members of the San Nicolas Business Association and they are very receptive to the project. It is a win/win situation in every way.”

The final papers and permits are due to be signed within a few days, and Sunrise Rock Development Group expects to break ground in November. “The international golfing community is a level of island visitor which is highly desirable,” observed Mr. Nieuwmeyer. “A golf resort of this caliber attracts guests of an income bracket and lifestyle that is beneficial to every sort of vendor on the island catering to the tourism industry, which is in turn good for all businesses. Parker Smith and Ed Gowan recognized immediately that Aruba and all it amenities is a perfect golfer’s destination, and they are the experts on this sort of thing. We are certain this project will be a marketing asset for Aruba on many levels.”

Story courtesy of The Morning News"


I am not an Aruban, thus have no say in development, but I would note:


  • "...the boundaries of the new development, which will in no way impede access to either Baby Beach or Boca Grande"


  • " stairs from the cliff overlooking Baby Beach to allow access for the guests, ...in no way take over these beaches or close them off.”


  • "... the company initiated environmental, social and financial impact studies.."


  • " “The golf course is planned as a habitat for flora and local fauna,” stated Mr. Nieuwmeyer. “We have seen it with The Links, where we maintained the wetlands. We have flocks of birds and indigenous species which have made the course their home. We have every intention of maintaining the area around the east end of the island in a manner that will allow the local wildlife to flourish."


  • "The economic benefits to the area are obvious. Individuals living in San Nicolas and working in tourism will have the option of obtaining jobs closer to home. We imagine the influx of tourists will certainly stimulate commerce in San Nicolas."

My own personal opinion, without a moderator's cap...it is good for tourism and good for San Nicolas and its people who have long been excluded from directly benefiting from Aruba tourism, unless they traveled to the other end of the island. AND it will not be more congestion on Palm Beach, not there would be room for it anyway JMHO