Inside Tiger Woods and Nicklaus Design’s new Caribbean hideaway, Jack’s Bay

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Jack's Bay in the Bahamas hopes it will find itself an all-time golf destination.

Courtesy Jack's Bay Club


On the ribbon-thin island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas lies Jack’s Bay, an exclusive resort club and residential community stretching for four miles along the white sandy beaches of its Atlantic coastline. Within this idyllic setting, Tiger Woods has created one of his most distinctive course designs, appropriately named the Playground. While it may be a short course, it comes with remarkable versatility and can be played a variety of ways. Whether you’re seeking a family outing, a friendly wager or simply a chance to immerse yourself in the breathtaking island vistas that are truly panoramic, this course is a literal breath of fresh, friendly Bahamian air. As the next generation would say, it’s got the vibes. But what about more serious golf?

Fear not, it’s coming, and the new 18-hole course is poised to become one of the world’s most sought-after golf destinations. Its allure stems not only from its awe-inspiring scenery but also from its distinction as the first Nicklaus Heritage course ever conceived. Spearheaded by Nicklaus Design, the Heritage course at Jack’s Bay is the culmination of contributions from multiple designers, each with a direct influence stemming from work on the legendary Golden Bear’s numerous award-winning course designs. At the helm of this ambitious project is Senior Designer Chad Goetz, a veritable course doctor who has already garnered accolades for his remarkable redesigns at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Great Waters course at Lake Oconee, Ga.

“It is destined to be a spectacle,” declares Goetz with confidence. “Several holes will stretch alongside the ocean, while the land beyond boasts remarkable topography, featuring undulating terrain with changes in elevation, sparkling lakes, mysterious deepwater ‘blue holes’ leading to the ocean and even caves. Mother Nature has endowed us with a rare canvas, and we intend to preserve its natural integrity while enhancing the island’s beauty.”

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It’s not hard to see the allure of Jack’s Bay. Joshua Cripps/Courtesy Jack’s Bay

Approximately 300 miles from Florida’s coast and just 60 miles from Nassau, Eleuthera stands out as a slender island boasting more than 200 miles of dazzling coastline. The Nicklaus golf course will serve as the anchor for a private, luxury resort community spanning 1,200 acres along several miles of the island’s eastern shore.

Additionally, a host of outstanding amenities is on the horizon, including a premier beach club, a rejuvenating spa, state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centers and a comprehensive sports pavilion complex.

As part of the forthcoming plans, the Jack’s Bay Founder’s Program includes a total of just 24 sites, including 13 beachfront properties and 11 ocean-view properties (priced from just under $1 million to just over $2 million). These select homesites are ideally located along the prime stretch of oceanfront nestled between the amenities of the Atlantic Club and the Tiger Woods Playground course, with many enjoying direct access to stunning pink sand beaches or commanding views from elevated perches in close proximity to the shoreline.

For more information on this exclusive, private residential community, contact, visit online at or call 800-320-6281.

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