Ocean Club Golf Course
Ocean Club Golf Course Nassau Reviews
Mar 02, 2006
A redesign by Tom Weiskopf in 2000 has transformed the course into an entirely new track. Much of the foliage that blocked the ocean views was removed to make way for seaside tees and greens, as well as 121 luxury homesites (all sold in a month) along the Atlantic Ocean and Nassau Harbor. Ernie Els is the Ocean Club's touring pro, and Michael Jordan stages his annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (televised October 17, 2002) here.
The wind gives notice on the first hole and can cause you to overshoot on this downwind, moderate par four. Then it's in your face on the long par five second hole, and water enters the picture in the form of wetlands along the right side, leading to a small green backed by the ocean. The third hole, a 176-yard par three to an elevated green, is also into the wind, which makes the large bunkers surrounding the green particularly menacing. Four, a long demanding par four that is ranked most difficult for men, also battles the wind, with a thread-the-needle second shot to a green protected by ocean two sides and sand on the other.
As this opening quartet foretells, wind and water turn out to be the prevailing threats on this 7,123-yard par 72 layout, and there's plenty of sand, to boot. With the seaside foliage removed, there is nothing to protect the course from gusty breezes off the ocean which play havoc with club selection and shot placement.
Lagoons large and small come into play on many holes. One of the prettiest of these is the 208-yard twelfth hole, "Spyglass." Shots must carry across an inlet to a forward sloping, well bunkered green .
Hole seventeen, "Pintail Crossing" is ranked the second hardest hole on the course for men, but that depends entirely on the wind. On a good day, the green is drivable. What makes it special is that a beautiful beach borders its entire length.
The course provides a good, fair test of Caribbean golf - dealing with wind that can change from moment to moment. The setting is somewhat marred by house construction along its perimeter, but it will only get better with time. Play it now, while it's still open to Atlantis guests.
Part of the Atlantis 2006 travel blog
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