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Ranking the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on July 9, 2010

DSC_8435-21Challenging, masterfully-conceived and stunningly beautiful.

Those are the words used to describe the Ocean Club Golf Course. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this 18-hole, par-72 championship course stretches over 7,000 yards on Paradise Island’s peninsula and offers exceptional views of the shimmering aquamarine waters. But that wasn’t always the case. In the 60s, Huntington Hartford II built the Ocean Club and commissioned Dick Wilson to create an 18-hole course for the pleasure of his guests. Unfortunately for avid golfers, the course only shared occasional views of the ocean and the fairways were lined with thick tropical vegetation. It was time for a change. That change came in 2000, when Tom Weiskopf transformed the Ocean Club Golf Course into an entirely new golfing experience, complete with seaside tees and greens, bunkers, wetlands and lagoons.

Since its golf course makeover, the Ocean Club Golf Course has received numerous awards and accolades. Recently, the course was ranked #27 by Golf Digest in its annual Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America, Caribbean and Mexico. For those who are not familiar, Golf Digest is the source for the whos who and whats what in the world of golf. Being recognized by one of Golf Digest’s Top list is indeed a very good thing. So how does a golf course end up on one of those famous lists?

The Golf Digest Course Ranking Panel is made up of over 900 men and women. Each golf course is evaluated upon seven criteria, on a scale of 1 to 10.

  1. Shot values How well does the course pose risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse?
  2. Resistance to scoring How difficult, while still being fair, is the course for a scratch player from the back tees?
  3. Design variety How varied are the golf course’s holes in differing lengths, configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?
  4. Memorability How well do the design features (tees, fairways, greens, hazards, vegetation and terrain) provide individuality to each hole, yet a collective continuity to the entire 18?
  5. Aesthetics How well do the scenic values of the course (including landscaping, vegetation, water features and backdrops) add to the pleasure of a round?
  6. Conditioning How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, and how firm yet receptive were the greens on the day you played the course?
  7. Ambience How well does the overall feel and atmosphere of the course reflect or uphold the traditional values of the game?

Credit: How our Panel Ranks The Courses GolfDigest.com

Now that you know how a golf course is evaluated, why not rank the Ocean Club Golf Course yourself? Tee time reservations may be booked 60 days in advance at AtlantisBahamas.com or OneandOnlyResorts.com. Please note, to enjoy play at the Ocean Club Golf Course, you must be a registered guest of the Atlantis Resort and the One&Only Ocean Club.

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