The world's best golf resorts: No.8 - Albany, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
The course: Caribbean courses typically feature lush green vegetation and ocean views. This brand new Ernie Els set-up, opening in late 2010, is essentially a flattish inland desert course. With no rough, you’re either on the fairway or in the sandy dunes dotted with tufts of fescue running between holes. The course is long, the greens small, practice facilities first-class and condition immaculate. Purists, like golfing super-stars Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, who have already bought here, will love it, but those looking for a traditional tropical course might be a little surprised.
The location: New Providence is becoming golfing nirvana for the seriously wealthy. The £600 million Albany resort is the brainchild of British billionaire, Joe Lewis, and has world-class facilities including a marina big enough to take super-yachts, a boutique hotel, spa, an equestrian centre, tennis courts and impeccable James Bond credentials: Daniel Craig emerged from the cobalt Caribbean in his famous swimming shorts on their beach, and was debriefed by M in the colonial splendour of Albany House, now the club and restaurant at the heart of the resort. The glitz of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island is 20 minutes away, but for many, the real attraction of the Bahamas is the benign tax environment – no CGT, income tax, VAT or wealth tax.
Get your own 'club' house at: The 580-acre gated community will eventually have about 350 properties, a mix of fairway-side mansions, marina apartments and cottages close to the shoreline. Aylesford are selling golf course lots from $1.5 million, with marina apartments and villas going for $2.8 to $40 million. Currently being built right near the beach, four-storey ‘cottages’ cost from $4 million.
Celebrity members: Ernie Els and Tiger Woods are themselves co-founding partners. Ian Poulter and Justin Rose have bought here.
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THE PRIMELOCATION TOP 20 BEST GOLF RESORTS
- No.1: Wentworth, Virginia Water, Surrey, UK
- No.2: Valderrama, Costa del Sol, Spain
- No.3: Kiawah Island, Charleston, USA
- No.4: Lyford Cay, Bahamas
- No.5: Lake Nona, Florida, USA
- No.6: Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
- No.7: Pezula, South Africa
- No.8: Albany, Bahamas
- No.9: Arcos Gardens, Jerez, Spain
- No.10: Monte Rei, Portugal
- No.11: Apes Hill, Barbados
- No.12: Doonbeg, Ireland
- No.13: Royal Westmoreland Resort, Caribbean
- No.14: Villas Valriche, Mauritius
- No.15: The K Club, Ireland
- No.16: PGA Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- No.17: Les Bordes, Loire Valley, France
- No.18: Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
- No.19: Palheiro, Madeira
- No.20: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus