Some of us simply can’t think of going somewhere so savage as to not have at least one Golf Course. So what about the Bahamas?
Let’s face it, some of the bahamian islands are a little behind the eight ball on this one. But some boast really nice courses that call for your tee time.
Today there are 4 islands that are home to courses. The good news is that they are all worth playing.
At the moment there is one operational course in Nassau. It is actually on Paradise Island. The Ocean Club Golf Course. Newly redesigned and in pristine condition it meanders through the Ocean Club estates. Tel: 888-528-7157, 242-363 2501. Web Site: http://oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com/activities/golf.aspx
The Blue Shark Golf Club is a Greg Norman design. It is currently closed for upgrades.
The Cable Beach Golf Course is also undergoing a major redesign and I believe that will reopen by the end of the year. By the way it looks fabulous!
There are three golf courses that await your play. Freeport to boot is so close to the shores of Florida that one can hope over just for a quick nine on the weekend.
Fortune Hills Golf and Country Club
A nine hole course set up to be played from various tees. The course can be played twice from different tees to make 18 holes. Visitors are welcome Tel: (242) 373-2222 , (242) 373-4500
This 18 hole course is suitable for players of all levels. It’s open to visitors so come on down and play. Tel: 866-870-7148, 242-373-2003.
This RTJ course is considered by some to be the toughest play in the Bahamas. Tel: 866-870-7148, 242-373-2003.
Treasure Cay Golf Course is a pleasure to play. It is designed by Dick Wilson. There are no sea side fairways. Tel: (800) 327-1584, (954) 525-7711, (242) 365-8045 Website: http://treasurecay.com/golf
Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club is a blast. The wind offers challenges and the setting is out of this world. Tel:(242) 336-6800 Website: http://www.sandals.com/golf/
The beautiful RTJ Cotton Bay Golf Course is there. It has fallen to both disrepair and felt the wrath of a couple of powerful hurricanes. There are still hard core RTJ followers who find their way there to play this once exquisite course. There is another supposedly under construction just to the north of Cotton Bay, but no course yet. There are also a group of locals from the Harbour Island area trying to build an 18 hole course on the mainland, but they are facing opposition that needs to be overcome before realising their dream of a course.