GOLF CENTRAL | The Abaco ClubTuesday, January 9, 2018
I’m enjoying a tropical adult rum concoction at Flippers, The Abaco Club’s beachside bar and restaurant, watching the sun go down over picturesque Winding Bay—a riot of pinks, reds and oranges in the sky melting into the many hues of blues and greens that comprise the bay on my first night back at The Abaco Club.
It’s been more than a decade since I last looked out over this pristine bay and much has changed under the current owner, Southworth Development, but thankfully much more has stayed the same. Southworth has no intention to overbuild this slice of paradise as happens too often these days. Their goal is to enhance the members’ and
guests’ experience with exceptional facilities and services while maintaining the laid back, unspoiled and uncrowded atmosphere that makes this destination so desirable.
David Southworth and his partner Joe Deitch are visionaries having created some exceptional resort and real estate properties from the dirt up, but where they really excel is masterfully bringing existing properties to their full potential, which is what they have done and are continuing to do with ongoing investment at The Abaco Club.
One of the most obvious changes is that there is life back in the destination as evidenced by the lively and international convivial group at the bar with me. There’s a charming young couple from Scotland, another family from Ireland, members from as far away as South Africa and many more from the Southeast. Lucky readers of Golf Central can easily make it a weekend escape as the property is less than 200 miles from the Florida coast and serviced by a variety of flights from Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami as well as direct on Delta from Atlanta. The new facilities at Marsh Harbour airport (15 minutes from The Abaco Club) feature
not only a well appointed commercial terminal but a private aviation side that
is constantly busy with planes arriving from near and far.
The secret is out on The Abaco Club, a private international sporting club occupying one of the greatest tracks of real estate in the Bahamas. It is self-contained on a private peninsula. There are 2 ½ miles of pristine pinkish, sugar soft sandy beach, forming a crescent around the crystal clear waters of Winding Bay, the championship golf course occupies the heart of the property and offers fantastic views over the bay and then climbs in elevation to a dramatic finish on a steep hill overlooking
the deeper waters of the Atlantic.