Tom and Denise,
We're also Towers owners and are just back from St. Maarten and while DH didn't play, the course actually looked marginally better than it has for the past 4-5 years but probably still in the condition you saw when you walked it.
The good news, while I don't have a clue about rates, I do know they have carts and there were a lot of people playing every day we were there. There's been a lot of rain so the grass is beyond straw and is actually green and they are mowing and keeping it in decent looking condition. As we were going out very early one morning I personally saw a grounds worker out raking the sandtraps (? if that's what you call them....) and I got the general impression they were taking reasonable care of it, which in past years apparently they had not been doing, or at least, not to any degree that you might realistically really WANT to play.
The rock borders along the roads abutting the course have eliminated the cars driving on it and those noisy little ATVs don't seem to be driving on it anymore either, or at least, they weren't when we were there.
I don't know if this helps or further muddies the waters but this is what we personally witnessed last week and DH even commented that it looked fairly decent for what it is.
> We would appreciate a current update about the
> course condition & any other perceptions, sidebar
> comments on carts, rates for Towers owners, etc.
> Tempted to give it a try.
> We're Towers owners but haven't played the course
> in maybe 5 years .... walked it a little last Dec.
> The fairways were being mowed but seemed
> manageable, traps had sand & greens were
> marginally ok. It was good to see all the
> surrounding wrecked condos cleared out.
> When does the local club have the "santa" outing?