Golf in Grand Bahama Island
Fortune Hills Golf & Country Club. Set in 17 acres of some of the highest ground in Freeport, Fortune Hills Golf & Country Club is a 3,453-yard, 9-hole, par-36 course—a Dick Wilson and Joe Lee design—with a restaurant, bar, and pro shop. This is the least expensive of the three golf courses open on Grand Bahama. The staff is friendly but both the course and the equipment are poorly maintained. E. Sunrise Hwy., Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–2222 or 242/373–4500. Restaurant closed Mon.
Grand Lucayan Reef Course. The Grand Lucayan Reef Course is a par-72, 6,930-yard links-style course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., it features lots of water (on 13 of the holes), wide fairways flanked by strategically placed bunkers, and a tricky dogleg left on the 18th. While it is the most expensive and nicest of the three golf courses on the island, budget constraints have left it comparable to an average municipal course in the states. Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–2002 or 800/870–7148. www.grandlucayan.com. Resort guests $120, nonguests $130. Daily 10–6.
Ruby Golf Course. This course reopened in 2008 with renovated landscaping but basically the same 18-hole, par-72 Jim Fazio design. It features a lot of sand traps and challenges on holes 7, 9, 10, and 18—especially playing from the blue tees. Hole 10 requires a tee shot onto a dogleg right fairway around a pond. Popular with locals, there is also a small restaurant-bar and pro shop. West Sunrise Hwy. and Wentworth Ave., Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 242/352–1851. www.rubygolfcoursebahamas.com. Daily 7:30–5.
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