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in the Bahamas

There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, and almost as many stories of buried treasure. The archipelago's history is rich with tales of pirates plundering Spanish galleons and hiding their loot on deserted cays. Fortunes may still lie under the sand, awaiting the turn of a spade.

There are treasures, too, for those who would rather move sand with a wedge than a shovel. Golf came to the islands at the end of the Roaring '20s, when Nassau's Cable Beach Golf Club was built for the pleasure of the first American tourists, yachtsmen with names like Whitney, Vanderbilt and Astor. The tourism trickle became a torrent after World War II, prompting construction of nine more courses in the 1950s and '60s.

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Bahamas Golf Courses

  • Cotton Bay Club
    Ph: 800-334-3523
    A challenging Robert Trent Jones-designed that sits on a 450-acre resort property. The resort has been closed several years, awaiting a return to the grand place it once was. The golf course is usually open. It goes without saying -- call ahead.
  • Fortune Hills Golf Course
    Ph: 242 373 2222
    Nine hole championship course designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee.
  • Ocean Club Golf Course
    Ph: 242-363-6682
    In 2000, the 1958 Dick Wilson design was obliterated, making room for an oceanfront Tom Weiskopf track that is one of the finest in the Bahamas.
  • Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort
    Ph: 242 373 1066
    Offers two courses – the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Reef Course and the Dick Wilson designed Lucayan Course – as well as a Butch Harmon golf school.
  • Radisson Cable Beach and Golf
    Ph: 242 327 6000
    The course underwent a complete renovation in late 2002. The result is a pretty, interesting track with lots of water encounters and tricky approaches to the greens. Because it is just across the street from "hotel row," the course gets a lot of traffic.
  • South Ocean Golf Course
    Ph: 242 326 4391
    Designer Joe Lee says this is one of his best efforts in the islands. The layout is clever and thought-provoking, especially on the four water holes. The course condition is not always as good as it should be.
  • The Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino
    Ph: 800- 545-1300
    Home to two championship courses – the Emerald, built by Dick Wilson, and the Ruby, built by Joe Lee, a Wilson associate.

Bahamas Transportation

Given the popularity of all of the islands that make up the Bahamas, flights are available from all over the world, particularly throughout the United States. Popular carriers include Delta and U.S. Airways. Flights heading to Nassau originate from New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Direct service to Grand Bahama is limited, but connecting flights are plentiful. Most of the other major islands have airports, but getting there is more difficult and may include multiple stops, but is possible.

Nassau is a popular end destination for many Caribbean-based cruise lines. In fact, its main harbor can accommodate up to six full size cruise ships at one time, so this is always a way to get to the Bahamas, while discovering some of the other parts of the region first.

Once on the islands, public transportation is a valid means of transportation, but to see the fill breadth of the Bahamas, renting a car is the best option. Visitors planning on staying for less than three months can use their home driver's license, while those planning an extended stay must apply for an international's driver license. British rules apply, so remember to drive on the left.

Navigating between the many islands of the Bahamas is not a problem. There are many charter flights that leave daily, private pilots can be hired and cruise ships are also heading out to sea. And for those looking to do it on their own, there are several bridges that connect a few of the more frequented islands. The Paradise Island Bridge connects New Providence Island to Paradise Island, while another bridge connects New Providence to Crystal Cay, among many others.

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