First Nicklaus Heritage Course Breaks Ground In The Bahamas

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla and Eleuthera, The Bahamas – Nicklaus Design, the world’s leading golf course design company, has announced they have commenced work on an 18-hole championship layout at Jack’s Bay, the one-of-a-kind exclusive resort club and residential community that features four miles of magnificent white sand beaches on the Atlantic coastline on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas.

BAHGAReJack’s Bay will be the first Nicklaus Heritage® course in the world, as well as include the rare Nicklaus real estate branding rights as a Nicklaus Community—a distinction afforded to only a very select collection of developments around the world and the very first in the Caribbean.

This new Nicklaus Heritage brand of original golf course designs will showcase the senior designers from Nicklaus Design who have been personally trained by Jack Nicklaus over several decades. Nicklaus Heritage designs incorporate the design philosophies and values imparted to Nicklaus designers over their careers working with Jack on world famous golf courses under Nicklaus Design’s Jack Nicklaus Signature® brand.

The championship course at Jack’s Bay will highlight characteristics unique to the region, combining the best of golf with authentic local features. Jack’s Bay is home to a separate, 10-hole Playground designed by Tiger Woods and TGR Design, which was completed in March 2020. Completion of the Nicklaus Heritage championship course is scheduled for 2025, making Jack’s Bay the first property in the world to feature an 18-hole golf course by Nicklaus Design coupled with a Tiger Woods and TGR Design.

According to Howard Milstein, Executive Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies, Jack’s Bay will be one of the world’s most remarkable golf destinations and exclusive high-end communities.

“The principals of Jack’s Bay Resort Development Limited have a remarkable vision to make their community the destination of choice for the most discerning golfer in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. From my very first meeting, I committed all of our Nicklaus, IMI, and 8AM Golf assets to ensure the greatest golf experience imaginable,” Milstein said.

“With the history of the island, stunning ocean views for golf and real estate, and access to world-class fishing and other amenities, Jack’s Bay rivals any destination in The Bahamas,” Milstein added. “Nicklaus Design is proud to have been selected to create a world-class golf course on this property.”

The golf course design team will be led by Chad Goetz, Senior Design Associate at Nicklaus Design, who will be on-site to oversee all aspects of the design process.

“It’s going to be spectacular,” Goetz said. “A number of holes stretch directly along on the ocean and even the land off the ocean has remarkable topography, featuring a rolling terrain of elevation changes, lakes, deep water “blue holes” to the ocean, and caves. What Mother Nature has provided us is rare and we plan to preserve the natural integrity and enhance the beauty of the island.”

The Tiger Woods and TGR Design dubbed “The Playground,” is a 10-hole short course tracing the adjacent, stunning shoreline and provides a playing experience that perfectly complements the natural beauty of Jack’s Bay. The Playground features a flexible layout, with holes that range from 71 to 163 yards and offers a variety of shots and playing scenarios, challenging seasoned players while also being fun and welcoming for new golfers.

“Jack’s Bay is destined to become the next great family destination and draw people from all over the world to Eleuthera,” said Tiger Woods. “The future is bright for Jack’s Bay."

Exclusive real estate offerings at Jack’s Bay will soon be available through its Founder’s Program and will include a total of 24 Beachfront and Ocean View homesites ranging in price from $1 million to $3 million. Founder’s Row is ideally located along the prime stretch of oceanfront land nestled between the amenities of the Atlantic Club clubhouse and the Tiger Woods golf course. The Beachfront homesites enjoy direct access to stunning pink sand beaches and Ocean View homesites boasting commanding views from their elevated perch in close proximity to beach access pathways.

Other amenities planned for Jacks’ Bay include a world-class beach club, an inspirational spa village, a comprehensive fitness and wellness program, and family friendly Sports Pavilion complex. Among the amenities already in place are endless stretches of pristine white sand beaches, tennis, a marina and numerous dining venues.

Located on the southern end of Eleuthera, the 1,200-acre Jack’s Bay community offers natural wonders and breathtaking seascapes, making it the perfect place to escape, explore, and experience island living at its finest.