Baha Mar News

February 4, 2013

Creating beauty and challenge: Jack Nicklaus returns to Baha Mar to review progress of his Signature Golf Course

Legend evaluates completed construction and provides design strategy for what will be the premiere course in The Bahamas.

Nassau, Bahamas (February 4, 2013) – Golf legend and course designer Jack Nicklaus made a follow-up visit Friday to the site of the future Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Baha Mar to review course construction and provide additional design input and vision during the development of the project. Designed to maintain the ecological integrity of the surrounding area, the Baha Mar Golf Course will use natural contours of the native terrain to balance beauty and challenge.

On this recent trip, Nicklaus toured several holes with Tom Dunlap, President of Baha Mar, and James Kwasnowski, Executive Vice President of Development
and Construction at Baha Mar, to provide additional direction on the design strategy, as well as to approve irrigation and completed construction.

“We’re very excited to have Jack Nicklaus on site at Baha Mar to personally evaluate the construction of the course,” Dunlap said. “Jack has a magnificent ability to finesse the contours of the local landscape into a scenic golf course that is suitable for a broad variety of players.”
During the tour, the Golden Bear made minor design revisions but was pleased with the progress of the construction. “The golf course is coming along very nicely,” he said. “It’s got a picturesque par 3 and a dramatic 14th hole. It’s going to be beautiful.”

The 18-hole, par-72 Signature Course—the highest tier of design offerings from world-renowned Nicklaus Design—will offer "two courses in one" with the front nine providing dramatic play through ocean views and other water features, and the back nine winding through inland forest and native habitat. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Baha Mar will be the only one of its caliber in The Bahamas and one of only a handful in the Caribbean.

The course is on schedule to open in December 2013. Baha Mar, the 1,000-acre resort enclave currently under development on The Bahamian Riviera, is scheduled to open in December 2014.

About Baha Mar
Scheduled for opening in late 2014, Baha Mar will boast a total of 2,200 hotel rooms, spread across four major hotel brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, Mondrian, a Morgans Hotel Group property, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, as well as the new, dazzling centerpiece of Baha Mar, The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. Baha Mar’s stunning, new 100,000-square-foot casino will be one of the most compelling and exciting gaming experiences in North America, comparable only to the best in Las Vegas. A total of 307 private, freehold residences are available for sale and located within each of the hotels, offering a lifestyle choice to suit all buyers.

Baha Mar will also feature some of the most advanced and versatile convention facilities in The Bahamas, with a combined 200,000 square feet of space, portions of which also can 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.

More than 20 acres of beachfront experiences will transport guests to the natural habitat of The Bahamas. Pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters are set along exciting pools, groves and coves, where docile sea animals abound. 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 is expected to be one of a select few top-tier Nicklaus Design courses in the world, bringing a new, true championship course to The Bahamas.


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