FORBES | Best Private Golf Clubs: The Abaco Club On Winding Bay In The Bahamas

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nestled on a quiet crescent-shaped bay with a 2.5-mile long white-sand beach, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a private golf club community in Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands of The Bahamas offers just about everything a snowbird is looking for in a private golf club: beautiful homes, expansive, private beach, excellent dining facilities, and, of course, an 18-hole championship golf course. Best of all, it is less than 200 miles off the coast of Florida.

In January, Newton, Ma.-based residential resort developer Southworth Development assumed 100% control of the 600-acre club. Southworth has already invested $30 million into the club since taking control of the property in 2014 from Marriott Vacations Worldwide, which operated the property as a Ritz-Carlton Club.

Over the past three years, Southworth has made many enhancements to the property, including the dining facilities, golf course and the extensive new golf practice facility. “When we first looked at The Abaco Club, we knew it was very special,” says David Southworth, founder and chief executive of Southworth Development, which owns and operates private clubs and residential communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Scotland and The Bahamas. “The community had everything money can’t buy, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to help guide the club forward.”

Southworth is currently embarking on a $10 million capital improvement plan that includes the creation of an on-property market, expanded food and beverage offerings, launching of the club’s marina and boat slips in Little Harbour, upgrading of the club’s spa and fitness facilities, and the development of new residences. “Things that will make The Abaco Club the premier private club community anywhere in the tropics,” adds Southworth.

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