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March 13th, 2018

Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in the Bahamas Impresses in International Competition
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar is proud to announce it has received Honorable Mention recognition for Development of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine, in the publication’s 15th annual competition. According to Golf Inc., “Each year, the Development of the Year competition seeks to identify the best new golf developments around the globe.”

“We are honored to have earned Golf Inc’s recognition as one of the best new golf developments in the world for the past year,” said Royal Blue Golf Club Director of Golf, Sean Cracraft. “We aim to offer our guests a first-class experience, from their arrival through the 18th green. We are honored that others are enjoying the golf offerings at Baha Mar.”

“Royal Blue is a bucket list golf experience, and extremely deserving of Golf Inc’s recognition as a top new development in the world,” said C.A. Roberts, OB Sports President. “We are proud of the fantastic staff onsite, and the new heights they achieve on what seems like a regular basis.”

The first Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in Nassau, Bahamas, Royal Blue measures 7,189-yards from the tips, and plays to a par of 72. The golf course is part of a $4.2 billion luxury beachfront resort development, Baha Mar, comprised of three world-class hotels, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar and the forthcoming Rosewood Baha Mar, along with more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges, the largest casino in the Bahamas and over 30 luxury retail outlets.

Royal Blue Golf Club offers its golfers several elevation changes with scenic vistas throughout the round. The front nine features dramatic views of undulating fairways, rolling white sand dunes, brackish ponds and glimpses of a turquoise Atlantic Ocean. On the back nine however, players will navigate stunning limestone “moonscapes,” through dense jungle and steeply downhill to the island green on the 16th hole, which borders Lake Cunningham for a stunning Signature Hole.

Players will find various characteristics about Royal Blue that will make lasting memories, such as the different tees set up every day. Each morning, a member of the professional staff will determine tee locations on the course, taking into account weather and playing conditions, to create a unique, but playable, golfing experience. By using freeform teeing areas rather than traditional tee boxes, any hole can be shortened or lengthened by as many as 100 yards from day to day. This allows guests to play multiple variations of the course during their stay, while adhering to a similar overall yardage.

Catering to travelers from all around the world, the rental club program at Royal Blue is a one of a kind experience, featuring the latest golf equipment from Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, PXG and Itobori. Before guests tee off, a member of the Golf Professional Team will offer a club fitting on the practice range, assisting in identifying the perfect equipment match – and completing the first step to an unforgettable round of golf.

About OB Sports
Royal Blue Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry.  OB Sports currently manages 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and the Bahamas. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit, call (480) 948-1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.
About Baha Mar
Baha Mar is a master planned $4.2 billion integrated resort development operated by Hong Kong-based conglomerate Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTFE). The white sand beach destination includes three global brand operators – Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood – with over 2,300 rooms and features 20 restaurants and lounges, the largest casino in the Caribbean, a state-of-the-art convention center, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Royal Blue Golf Course, the Caribbean’s first and only flagship ESPA spa, and over 30 luxury retail outlets. Baha Mar is a breathtaking location with dynamic programming, activities and guest offerings in one of the most beautiful places in the world – The Bahamas. For more information and reservations, visit


David Bataller | (480) 948-1300