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Beautiful Sunshine, Beaches and Golf in Nassau, Bahamas!

06 April 2023
4 min. read
Gary Chiste
Everyone loves a trip to the beautiful Caribbean! I had the pleasure of playing three courses on Nassau, Bahamas as part of the Els for Autism Grand Finale.
The beautiful views at the Ocean Club can help you forget every bad shot on the course! (Photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

The Bahamas is a favourite landing place for those looking for hot sun, bright blue water, and some amazing golf courses. Nassau’s three main golf courses do not disappoint when it comes to variety, challenge, and beautiful views.  

Off to the Ocean 

The stunning and challenging approach shot to hole number 4 at the Ocean Club (photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

Nassau has a couple of amazing resorts with accompanying golf courses. A trip to Nassau should include a stay at the Atlantis (home of the Ocean Club) or Baha Mar (home of the Royal Blue). The two resorts are both amazing resorts and the golf courses do not disappoint.  

The Ocean Club is situated along the north shore of New Providence Island and many of the golf holes have you playing on fairways and greens situated on the ocean. The fourth hole is a thing of challenge and beauty. It is a wonderful long par four that has an approach straight to a green on the ocean. The green is protected by a bunker on the front right and the amazing blue ocean behind the green and on the left.  

This along with the 14th hole which runs parallel with the ocean, which sets up for the best photo opportunities on the golf course. The clubhouse is beautiful, and the pro shop is very well stocked (a place for many of your dollars to be left behind). Note: We were told there was a good chance to have a Michael Jordan sighting (a frequent player on the course).

Then Inland We Go

The challenging par 3 16th hole with an island green on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Royal Blue (Photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

A short shuttle ride from the Baha Mar resort finds you at the Royal Blue course.  Unlike the Ocean Club, Royal Blue is completely inland and has a variety of holes with different elevations. It is a wonderful Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that has some amazing rock features throughout the golf course. The course is tighter than the Ocean Club but still has a wonderful resort feel. We played the courses in October and the weather was beautiful; the resort rates helped take some of the sting out of the pocketbook hit.  

A Special Experience 

A Hall of Fame Starter to send us off at the Albany Club (Photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

Having Hall of Famer and course designer, Ernie Els, send us off on our round at the Albany Club was extremely special. We were playing in the Els for Autism Grand Finale tournament at the course. The course and the charity are extremely unique and special.

There are a fairway and a green out there somewhere... (Photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

The course really has a desert feel to it and the fairways and greens are well protected with bunkers and waste bunkers. You need a special invitation to play on this course which has hosted Tiger Wood’s Hero World Challenge for a number of years. The course is quite challenging even when the winds are down which is not very often. The winds can whip through the course and make it a beast to play.

Resort Life

Stunning view of Baha Mar from Royal Blue Golf Club (Photo by Leading Courses ambassador Gary Chiste)

As I mentioned before the best places to stay on Nassau are the two huge resorts – Atlantis and Baha Mar. We stayed at Baha Mar, the newer of the two resorts and were awestruck by all of the offerings the resort had. Both resorts have all the amenities that you would want on a beach/golf trip.   The restaurant offerings at the resorts are exceptional but you will have to be prepared for the prices. The beach at Baha Mar was wonderful and the waterpark was colossal. These two resorts are perfect for a family or couple’s trip.

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