Breathtaking surroundings and championship courses make the Bahamas an exciting golfing destination for beginners and golf enthusiasts alike. Year-round temperatures in the mid-70s and clear blue skies make for perfect conditions to hit a fantastic round of golf (or at the very least console yourself in the breathtaking views).
Golf first came to the Bahamas in the 1920s when the (now closed) Cable Beach Golf Club was built on Nassau to cater to the wealthy American families vacationing on the island. Over the next 30 to 40 years, courses sprung up throughout the island chain, and the Bahamas became know as a premiere golfing destination. Today, the Bahamas is home to a number of courses, with several rated as championship courses.
Vacationers will find a great range of courses in the Bahamas, from those suitable for beginners to others geared towards more experienced players. Green fees vary depending on the season. Many courses are attached to resorts, and guests pay different fees than non-guests. Many courses require the rental of a cart, and some require a caddy service. Golfers are advised to check with their specific course for applicable information and to set up a tee time well in advance.
Travelers should keep in mind several tips when golfing in the Bahamas. First of all, expect varying conditions between courses, and often between holes on the same course. The rough can vary from tall grass to thick forest, and the green can offer very different putting experiences depending on the hole. Therefore, careful club selection is highly recommended. Golfers should also be aware that the Bahamas is notorious for strong breezes off the water that will send a ball out of bounds or leave the golfer wishing for a mulligan. Golfers with a handicap above 15 are advised to bring extra balls for this reason.
The two most popular islands for golf in the Bahamas are New Providence Island (where Nassau is) and Grand Bahamas Island. Vacationers should expect busy courses on these islands, so it is wise to make arrangements well in advance.
On Grand Bahama, golfers can enjoy the Lucayan Golf Course, the creation of Dick Wilson featuring Tif dwarf grass, a variety of Bermuda grass that creates more accurate and faster putting. Beginners can learn to play and pros can improve their swing at the Butch Harmon golf school on-site at the Lucayan Golf Course. Adjacent to the Lucayan Golf Course is the Robert Trent Jr. designed Reef Club Golf Course, where picturesque holes stretch over almost 7,000 yards. Playing to a strong short game, this links style golf course features water hazards on 13 of its 18 holes.
|Albany Golf Course||(242) 676-6023||Albany Resort - 7.3 mi. (11.8 km) South West of Cable Beach||New Providence|
|Bahamas Princess Emerald Course||(242) 352-6721||West Sunrise Highway - 1.3 mi. (2.2 km) West of Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Bahamas Princess Ruby Course||(242) 352-6721||West Sunrise Highway - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) West of Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Blue Shark Golf Course||(407) 589-7200||200 South Ocean Drive - 8.5 mi. (13.8 km) South West of Cable Beach||New Providence|
|Cotton Bay Golf Club||(800) 255-4539||7.7 mi. (12.5 km) South of Rock Sound||Eleuthera|
|Emerald Reef Golf Course||(242) 336-6800||Sandals Emerald Bay - 11.7 mi. (18.8 km) Northwest of George Town||Great Exuma|
|Fortune Hills Golf Course & Country Club||(242) 373-2222||East Sunrise Highway - 3.8 mi. (6.1 km) Northeast of Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|(242) 367-8005||Great Harbour Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Lucayan Golf Course||(242) 373-2003||Grand Lucaya Bahamas Beach - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) East of Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Paradise Island Golf Course||(242) 326-3925||One & Only Ocean Club - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) East of Paradise Island||New Providence|
|(242) 677-9000||Baha Mar Casino & Hotel - Baha Mar||New Providence|
|The Abaco Club on Winding Bay||(888) 303-2765||The Abaco Club On Winding Bay - Winding Bay||Great Abaco|
|The Reef Club Golf Course||(866) 870-7148||Grand Lucaya Bahamas Beach - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Treasure Cay Golf Course||(242) 365-8045||Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort - Treasure Cay||Great Abaco|
No matter what kind of golf experience you're looking for, you are sure to find it at one of the many courses in the Bahamas. Championship courses, perfect weather, and breathtaking scenery await you during your stay.
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