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WHY GOLF AND THE BAHAMAS GO GREAT TOGETHER

Golf is one of the most popular activities in the Bahamas, and it’s easy to see why.

Boasting incredible weather and spectacular ocean views, this country is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

If you are thinking about planning a golf vacation, there are a handful of things you should be aware of. The weather is undoubtedly a big reason why it is such a great spot for a golf vacation, but there are many other reasons why you may start booking your trip before you finish reading this article.

The Bahamas is home to several PGA-rated golf courses, all of which are situated in breathtaking tropical settings. There is no winter season to limit play, meaning you can book your Bahamian golf vacation any time of year. Rain is a seldom occurrence in the Bahamas, and when it does rain, it doesn’t stick around for long. The sunshine never stops, which is perhaps the number one reason why you should start planning a Bahamian golf vacation today.

HERE ARE FOUR OF THE BEST BAHAMAS GOLF COURSES YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT

Whether you are hitting the course with a group of friends and looking for a new spot, or if you are planning a family vacation and want to make sure you get some time on the greens, you won’t be disappointed by any of the golfing options throughout the Bahamas.

The Bahamas offers a wide variety of public and private golf courses.

Below we will go over some of the top-rated (and most loved) courses to help give you a better idea of what to expect when planning a golf vacation.

THE OCEAN CLUB GOLF COURSE, PARADISE ISLAND

This well-known championship course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, has attracted top golfing talent over the years. The Ocean Club hosted its first LPGA tournament last year, which promises to become an annual event. In the past, this course has also been the preferred destination for the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.

While boasting the world’s largest sand trap, the course is also accessible to golfers of all skill levels. The Ocean Club is home to the rich and famous. Eye-popping estates flank most of the holes, which adds to the destination’s beauty and prestige.

For the best panoramic ocean view, go to the 14th hole — as you putt out, you will almost feel adrift in the sparkling ocean.

THE LUCAYAN COUNTRY CLUB, GRAND BAHAMAS ISLAND

This property consists of two separate courses: The Reef Golf Course and The Lucayan Golf Course.  Both destinations offer a true challenge, but with a different feel.

The Reef is a sandy course with link-style greens, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The Bahamian press has described it as “a bit like a Scottish course, but a lot warmer”.

Originally laid out in 1964, The Lucayan Golf Course is a newly renovated, tree-lined course.

Both of these championship courses have 18 holes, stunning sea views and full luxury service, including a shuttle bus to carry golfers from one course to the other.

JACK NICKLAUS SIGNATURE GOLF COURSE, NEW PROVIDENCE

Attached to the rising $3.5 billion Baha Mar, this new course is set to hit the market before the mega resort opens in December 2014.

The 18-hole course, formerly the Cable Beach Golf Club, is available for guests of the resort, but it will also be open to the public. Baha Mar describes the course as “worthy of the Golden Bear himself, surrounded by spectacular views of the lush tropical landscape and breathtaking vistas of the turquoise Atlantic”.

According to local newspapers, it will also feature a pre-Columbus cave, as the course plays alongside Nassau’s Lake Cunningham.

THE EMERALD BAY GOLF COURSE, GREAT EXUMA

Next to the Grand Isle Resort & Spa, this top-notch course was designed by Greg Norman, the Australian golfing legend. The par 72, 18-hole championship course is approximately 7,200 yards long and possesses six signature holes hugging the coastline.

The Emerald Bay attraction is the newest championship-calibre course, and it has been named among the best golf courses in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

The Emerald Bay Golf Course is well maintained and offers delightful variety. The first nine holes meander through mangroves and wetlands, while the back nine works its way through a rocky peninsula, offering some of the most stunning ocean views you’ll ever see.

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