Golf News for Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Courses

Jack Nicklaus visits golf course site at Baha Mar in The Bahamas

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Jack Nicklaus recently visited Baha Mar -- the 1,000-acre resort enclave currently under development on the Bahamian Riviera -- to review progress on his 18-hole, par-72 Signature Golf Course.

The golf icon and designer of nearly 300 golf courses worldwide toured the site with Baha Mar President Tom Dunlap and Nicklaus Design Senior Design Associate Chris Cochran. Nicklaus assessed construction progress, provided insights on strategy and playability, and discussed the development schedule with on-site teams.

Baha Mar's Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course -- the highest tier of design offerings from world-renowned Nicklaus Design -- will showcase "two golf courses in one." The front nine is highlighted by ocean views and several water features, while the back nine winds through inland forest and native habitat. Taking advantage of the terrain's natural contours to promote strategy and memorable shot-making is paramount, as well as maintaining the ecological integrity of the course and its surrounds.

The course is scheduled to open December 2013. Other resort amenities -- including four hotels, the Caribbean's largest casino and more than 300 private residences -- are slated for a December 2014 unveiling. Baha Mar is the largest luxury resort destination currently under construction in the Western Hemisphere.

For more information: bahamar.com.

About Baha Mar
Baha Mar, the 1,000-acre, US$3.5 billion resort, gaming and entertainment complex slated to open in December 2014, will boast some of the world's most famous luxury hotel brands, including Rosewood Hotels & ResortsĀ®, Mondrian, a Morgans Hotel Group property and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, as well as the new dazzling Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, creating more than 2,200 new rooms. Within the hotels, Baha Mar plans to develop 307 highly exclusive, ultra-luxurious residential condominiums and villas, available for private ownership. Baha Mar's stunning, new 100,000 square-foot casino will be the largest in the Caribbean and one of the most compelling and exciting gaming experiences in North America, comparable only to the best in Las Vegas.

Baha Mar will also feature one of the most advanced and versatile convention facilities in The Bahamas, with a combined 200,000 square feet of space, portions of which can also double as an entertainment and sports venue. Other amenities will include 200,000 square feet of retail and entertainment experiences, combining upscale shopping boutiques with authentic Bahamian arts and crafts galleries, chef-branded restaurants, and exciting nightclub and entertainment offerings. An Eco Water Park, extraordinary pools and two unique spas, including one of the most complete spa experiences in the Caribbean, will be set along 3,000 feet of one of the most pristine beaches in the world. The planned 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course will be one of a select few such top-tier Nicklaus courses in the world, bringing a new, true championship course to The Bahamas.

About Nicklaus Design
For more than 40 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus. These services include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962. The Jack Nicklaus- and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products includes: beverages; wine; home appliances; flooring; cabinets; apparel; footwear; and golf equipment.

Nicklaus Design is widely regarded as the world's leading golf course design firm, with over 375 courses open for play in 36 countries and 39 states, and is chief among the reasons why Golf Inc. Magazine voted Jack Nicklaus the "Most Powerful Person in Golf" for a record six consecutive years. Nicklaus Design has offices and representation in more than a dozen countries.

At least 70 Nicklaus Design courses having been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists, and no fewer than 95 Nicklaus courses have hosted a combined total of more than 650 professional tournaments worldwide.

No single person has changed the face of the sport of golf more than Jack Nicklaus -- the champion, the designer, the philanthropist, and the good-will ambassador. Jack's competitive career spanned six decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles. Not only was Nicklaus recognized by every national and international media outlets as "Golfer of the Century" or "Golfer of the Millennium," he was named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN, and in 2005 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to any U.S. civilian.

For more information on Jack Nicklaus or the Nicklaus Companies, please visit nicklaus.com.

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