Golf News for Friday, October 26, 2007 | Courses

Robert Trent Jones II designs new golf course at Cotton Bay

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas -- Cotton Bay has announced that Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II), the preeminent golf design firm, will design a signature private 18-hole golf course at the waterfront resort community in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Already familiar with the island from family vacations to the former world-renowned Cotton Bay Club, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., chairman of Robert Trent Jones II, will design the new course adjacent to the former course and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.'s only Bahamian golf course.

"My family has great memories of vacationing at the Cotton Bay Club, and I think my father loved his course there as much as any work he ever did," said Jones, Jr. "The chance to go back to Eleuthera to design an RTJ II course just a stone's throw from one of my father's true masterpieces is truly a gift, and I will do my best to match his achievement for a modern-day masterpiece in Caribbean courses."

RTJ II has more than 200 golf courses worldwide, and the real estate on his courses has appreciated more than homes on other designer courses over a 10-year period, according to a recent study conducted by market research firm Longitudes Group, LLC. Homeowners and their guests at Cotton Bay Estates, as well as guests at the Cotton Bay Villas hotel, which will feature Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's first The Luxury Collection hotel in the Bahamas, will have access to the Cotton Bay Club's new golf course.

"As native Bahamian developers, we're committed to environmental sustainability at Cotton Bay," said Franklyn R. Wilson, chairman of Eleuthera Properties Limited, the developer of Cotton Bay. "Robert Trent Jones, Jr.'s company embodies this, and paired with his love for Eleuthera and history on the island, Robert Trent Jones II was the obvious architect of choice."

Additional exceptional amenities at Cotton Bay will include Ocean Fox at Cotton Bay, the first full-service dive shop on South Eleuthera in more than 30 years; Davis Harbour, a private marina currently open with 38 slips with plans for expansion; miles of private, pink-and-white sand beaches; and professional property management. Cotton Bay will also boast two privately-owned islands for residents and guests to escape to for barbequing, fishing and sunbathing daytrips.

Eleuthera is easily accessible from Nassau and south Florida by commercial air carriers, and an exclusive partnership with Sentient Jet will offer private jet services to and from the island.

For more information on Cotton Bay or to schedule an appointment, please call 800.255.4539, 786.888.6306 or visit www.discovercottonbay.com.

Eleuthera Properties Ltd. (EPL) is located in the Bahamas and is the direct corporate successor to South Eleuthera Properties Ltd., the vehicle which, from the 1950s, was the initial developer of the Cotton Bay Club. From its inception, the mission of EPL has been to create a destination with a distinct presence and identity in the overall tourism marketplace. Its newest development, Cotton Bay, features Cotton Bay Estates, a residential resort community, and Cotton Bay Villas, a boutique hotel that will be Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's first The Luxury Collection property in the Bahamas. Located on the Out Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, Cotton Bay is scheduled to open in mid-2008. For more information, please visit www.discovercottonbay.com.

Robert Trent Jones II, Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course possible on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. The firm is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and has satellite offices throughout the world. For additional information, contact the firm at 1+ 650-475-0329 or visit www.rtj2.com.

Contact: Emily Franklin / Quinn & Co. / 212.868.1900 x264 / efranklin@quinnandco.com