The tempestuous weather this fall that hit the Caribbean spared several islands where there was little to minimal damage. If you are in search of a getaway where you can play a good round of golf and perhaps spend some time on a beach this winter, here are a few places worth checking out.
The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, Abaco Island, Bahamas
The Abaco Club at Winding Bay on Abaco Island offers a true Scottish-style links course designed by renowned golf architects, Donnie Steel and Tom Mackenzie. The par 72 course is 7,138 yards and makes the most of its seaside location with pot bunkers and challenging, sloping greens. A long course that is designed to play firm and fast, the course is not typical of the Caribbean. There is also a world-class practice facility with a double-end range as well as a short-game practice area designed to enable players to practice every shot of 100 yards or less. Although the club is private, there are rental villas on the property and guests are able to play the course. International memberships are available to those who do not own a home at the club or elsewhere in the Bahamas. Members have the right to bring guests and area allotted 20 tee times per year.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Ocean Club’s golf course offers striking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Nassau Harbor. The Tom Weiskopf-designed course is a par-72 that stretches over 7,100 yards on Paradise Island peninsula, where crosswinds challenge even the most experienced players. Like other Weiskopf courses, this one was designed to integrate the natural landscape. Management of The Ocean Club was recently taken over by Four Seasons Resorts & Hotels. Greens fees through December 31 2018 are $275 ($195 after 1 pm) and $295 from January 1 through April 30 ($245 after 1 pm). The Ocean Club is a private resort, and only guests are able to use the golf course.