The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Bahamas

Laying Low in Abaco – Laid-Back Luxury

As a golfer, you may not have heard of the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas before since it is best known for its’ boating, scuba diving and fishing. My wife, Jane and I have vacationed in the Abaco Islands six times now and we both agree it is one of our favorite destinations on earth to kick back and relax. However, in all the times that we have been coming, I have never once played golf there.

That all changed when ‘The Abaco Club on Winding Bay’ opened for play in December of 2004. Because of the great accolades from golf writers around the world and the fact that Marc Atchison from The Toronto Star ranked the Abaco Club #6 in The Star’s 2006 Top 18 International Golf Courses, I knew I had to play this course. (See sidebar for Marc’s story) So when I was invited me to stay and play, I could not pass up on the opportunity.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay Hole 4

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay Hole 4

Although you can only play this course once without buying an equity membership, it is an experience you can not afford to miss if your goal is to play all the top courses in the world.  To date, the Members Plaque is emblazoned with professional tour players like Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam and Len Mattice.  I’m told Darren Clarke & Lee Westwood co-own a cottage off the 18th green and usually fly there to play golf the week before The Masters and Nick Faldo was supposedly vacationing there the next week.  With credentials like these, I knew I was in for a special treat.

To read Dave Finn’s entire article from www.golftravelandlisure.com click here.

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