VUE MAGAZINE | The Abaco ClubWednesday, April 18, 2018
I’ve called New Jersey home for over 30 years and while I love the Garden State, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have some sultry, tropical daydream looming in the back of my head every other day. You know the one: palm trees stirring, waves crashing, lustrous sunlight melting away the calamitous wails of all your troubles. There’s a fairway there; perhaps you’re even pleading with your nine iron to stay out of that godforsaken bunker near the sea rocks.
Recently, VUE had the opportunity to bring this vision to life when we visited The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, located in the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands (just 200 miles off the coast of Florida). The Abacos are a chain of islands and barrier cays in The Out Islands of the Bahamas and for those who may not know, the Bahamas consists of about 700 islands and over 2,000 coral reef cays (only 30 of which are actually inhabited). The Abacos are home to an abundance of limestone and are protected by the third largest barrier reef on the planet. Many of these islands are unihabited but one, as it happens, is a golfer’s paradise.
The club itself decorates the landscape of Great Abaco’s eastern shores, with views of the bay and the ocean — an ideal locale for 18 holes. The Abaco Club boasts a Scottish-style tropical links course designed by two of golf’s notables, Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, and has been consistently ranked as the number one course in the Bahamas. A links is the oldest style of course, its meaning coming from the Old English word “hlinc” which refers to “rising ground” or an area of coastal sand dunes. Built with native paspalum grass, The Abaco Club’s turf is made for a warm season and tolerant to the salt in its environment.