Golf

Fortune Hills Golf & Country Club. On 17 acres of some of the highest ground in Freeport, Fortune Hills Golf & Country Club is a 3453-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 and is usually quiet, so you'll most often have the course to yourself. The staff is friendly but both the course and the equipment are poorly maintained. E. Sunrise Hwy., Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–2222. $35 for 9 holes, $50 to play it twice. Admission includes cart . Restaurant closed Mon..

Reef Club Golf Course. The Reef Course is a par-72, 6930-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. Club rentals are available. Sea Horse Rd., Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–2002; 866/870--7148; www.grandlucayan.com. $99 plus tax for resort guests, $115 plus tax for nonguests. Admission includes shared golf cart. 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. This course is very tight and is more of a parkland-style course. Popular with locals, there is also a small restaurant-bar and pro shop. Wentworth Ave., off W. Sunrise Hwy., behind Ruby Swiss Restaurant, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 242/352–1851; www.rubygolfcoursebahamas.com. From $65 (fees are higher during the winter season). Daily 7:30–5.

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