November 1, 2010 | By Bryn Symonds |
Built on the beautiful island of Great Exuma, Bahamas, The Emerald Reef Golf Club, designed by the famous Greg Norman, is a stunning 18-hole, 7200-yard, par 72 course. Taking full advantage of the landscape, the front nine take you inland, into the native vegetation of a mangrove preserve. The back nine run along the coast, offering astounding ocean views and the sights and sounds of breaking waves. You couldn’t ask for a more amazing location.
Voted among the best courses in the Caribbean by Travel & Leisure Golf, this course is truly a golfer’s dream. “I worked hard to integrate what was there before into the way the fairways are now, so it’s a seamless flow,” says Norman, who has won 91 professional events around the world, including 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles. The result is quite simply a fantastic course with six signature holes. And with five tee boxes, golfers, from the most avid to the most inexperienced, will find a thrilling game.
Holes 11 through 16 are especially beautiful as they run along the turquoise waters of Emerald Bay. The 14th has one of the most spectacular tee shots in the Caribbean, surrounded on three sides by water. Number 12 was Greg Norman’s most difficult to design and a guest favourite. The trick to this one? Don’t be fooled by the amazing views. Aim middle to the right side of the fairway. The approach will require a well-struck ball. And for the dog-leg on the 16th, aim for the right centre of the fairway. A well-struck tee shot can set up a short iron approach to this well-bunkered green, making birdies a real possibility.
Experience this all for yourself while staying at the world’s first all-butler, oceanfront resort, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas.