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Nicklaus Design Building 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
in Baha Mar’s Planned $1.6 billion Mega-resort on Nassau’s
Cable Beach in The Bahamas


NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS, September 16, 2005 – Golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his company, Nicklaus Design, and Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. have partnered to bring world-class golf to Baha Mar’s new multi-billion-dollar development on Nassau’s Cable Beach in The Bahamas.  Under the agreement, Nicklaus Design will create a new 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, the highest tier of the company’s design offerings.  The championship-quality course, the only one of its kind in Nassau, will be an integral part of Baha Mar’s phase one development of its planned $1.6 billion mega-resort.  Under the agreement, Baha Mar may commission Nicklaus to create additional Signature Courses either on-site or at a convenient off-site location.

Baha Mar, a 1,000-acre, mixed-use destination resort complex represents the single, largest resort investment in the history of The Bahamas.  Phase one of the Caribbean-inspired property will include more than 2,000 guest rooms across multiple, first-class branded hotels and the Caribbean’s largest branded Las Vegas-style casino.  In addition, Baha Mar also will feature restaurants by some of the world’s best-known chefs, a wide range of retail outlets, a mega spa, a destination water park attraction, and entertainment venues for live performances.  A tropical-inspired landscaped waterway system and wide pedestrian paths will provide easy access to all of the property’s amenities and facilities. 

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course designed for Baha Mar will feature extensive personal involvement by Jack Nicklaus, who will visit Nassau several times to oversee all design-related concepts and course development.  The course, which will be located on the property and will be accessible via a specially designed waterway, will feature a challenging but playable layout for all skill levels.  The design of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, along with a new clubhouse and other facilities, will also involve MHA Studio, a subsidiary of Baha Mar established and dedicated to the architectural design and execution of the mega-resort project.

“We are honored and excited that Nicklaus Design has been asked to create the golf amenity for a project of this scope and magnitude,” said Jack Nicklaus.  “The owner’s commitment to bringing the highest-quality resort to Nassau is impressive, and I know that commitment extends to the golf course, as well.”

According to Baha Mar officials, the Nicklaus deal is one of many high-profile relationships the company is engaging in as part of its quest to develop an unprecedented resort product in the Caribbean region.  “Our partnership with Jack Nicklaus and his design team to create a Signature Course for Baha Mar marks the beginning of a strategy to bring together the world’s most recognized and respected brands for a ‘best of the best’ resort experience,” said John Forelle, Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Baha Mar Development Corp. 

Baha Mar Also Operating Existing Cable Beach Properties

In addition to its planned mega resort, Baha Mar Development also owns and operates the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, and Nassau Beach Hotel situated side-by-side along the 3,000-foot Cable Beach, the largest and most beautiful in Nassau.  The three properties, the 35,000-square-foot Crystal Palace Casino, and adjoining 18-hole golf course were recently acquired by Baha Mar, which is currently investing $15 million in cross-property renovations.  The three resorts are being operated as one, sharing a host of guest services and amenities including golf, tennis and casino privileges, and allowing guests to stay at the resort of their choice, yet enjoy many of the amenities offered by either of the other properties. 

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. is headquartered in Nassau.



Rosalie M. Huerta
M. Silver Associates Inc.

Also See: Baha Mar Development Company Begins First Stage in Development of Mega Resort and Gaming Destination in The Bahamas; West Bay Village Complex Will Feature 200,000 sq.ft. of Retail Shops, Restaurants and Office Space / August 2005
The Nassau Beach Hotel, Wyndham Nassau Resort and Radisson Cable Beach Resort May Be Anchors of New $1.2 billion Resort/Casino Development / October 2004

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