Golf in the Bahamas
With our winters a mere 70° and the grass always being green, no wonder the Bahamas is the best place for golf–offering several championship golf courses, 365 days throughout the year.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama boasts two championship courses: the Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and the Lucayan Course designed by Dick Wilson.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Reef Course is rated one of the Top 3 courses in the Caribbean. The course features deceptively open fairways, rolling greens, and an assortment of tall grasses, treacherous bunkers and enormous lakes. A strong short game goes a long way on this breathtaking course. The wide fairways may be a little forgiving but the huge bunkers that protect the greens are not. And the large, level greens may please the eye but their speed will harm your scorecard. Add that with an unpredictable ocean wind and you have yourself a formidable opponent. To top things off Jones brought water into play on 13 of 18 holes. You didn’t really expect to avoid water while playing on an island did you?
The Lucayan Course
Designed by Dick Wilson features intense foliage and fast greens with sharp doglegs and guarded cavernous bunkers. This course, created in 1962, is an Audubon-affiliated member of the USGA and The Metropolitan New York Golf Association. The Lucayan Course pits your golf skills against Dick Wilson’s mind and the natural wonders of Grand Bahama Island. Testing precision rather than distance, with doglegs, elevated greens and thick stands of tropical foliage. The tall trees give shade from the sun and other players on the course. There’s no tight schedule and no need to rush your round so you can take it easy. With wide target areas off the tee and well-protected elevated greens, it’s a great place to enjoy the great game.
New Providence (Nassau)
Paradise Island Golf Course
18-holes, 72-par, 6,776 yards; Dick Wilson-designed;
5 bunkers per hole, water/ocean on 11 holes.
South Ocean Golf Course
18-holes, 72-par, 6707 yards; Joe Lee-designed.
Cable Beach Golf Course
18-holes, 72-par, 7,040 yards; Jim-McCormick designed;
13 lakes and 50 sand traps (ouch!).