Emerald Reef - Bahamas

Sandals Emerald Bay,
Queen's Highway,
Emerald Bay,
Great Exuma,
The Bahamas


  • +1 242 336 6800

  • Golf Club Website

  • 7 miles from Exuma International Airport

  • Welcome - contact in advance

  • Greg Norman

  • Phillip Ferrari

Prior to the Great White Shark, golf on the Bahamas was nothing to write home about. It was clear that things were about to change when Greg Norman disembarked from his multi million dollar yacht and stepped onto the dry land of the in-vogue island of Great Exuma.

There’s tropical beauty by the bucket and spade load at the former Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay (now owned by Sandals Emerald Bay and called the Emerald Reef Golf Club), not to mention the crystal clear water.

Emerald Bay, or Emerald Reef as it is now called, opened for play in 2003 and it’s a bit of a monster, measuring 7,001 yards from the back tees. There are five tee boxes to choose from, so take you medicine appropriately. This course is set to become one of the world's greatest ocean-side layouts and, once more, Norman has considered the environment and seeded the layout using friendly but lush seaside paspalum grass and the result is about as close as you might get to a tropical links.

The holes are routed thoughtfully and many are as dramatic as they are beautiful with the most memorable holes hugging the Emerald Bay shoreline. This peninsula makes for pulsating golf and we can’t think of a more stunning location for a course anywhere in the world. If the wind is blowing at Sandals Emerald Reef, hold on to your hat and wave goodbye to carding a decent score.

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Description: If the wind is blowing at Sandals Emerald Reef golf course at Emerald Bay, hold on to your hat and wave goodbye to carding a decent score. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Played Emerald Bay last month as part of a Bahamian island-hopping vacation. The resort is magnificent and one of the best I have ever visited in the Caribbean. Played the course in a stiff breeze which presented a real challenge and there is no doubt in my mind that this is a decent resort course. The oceanside holes start at the 11th and they are memorable. The 14th is one of my favourites which requires a tee shot across a foaming ravine to an uphill semi-blind fairway. This is a really enjoyable course and a fantasic resort too.
5 / 6
Emerald Reef
October 01, 2006


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RAJ
January 14, 2013
This is a ridiculasly tight course. Miss the fairway and lose your ball - in the water or bushes. The fairways are narrow - landings areas are like greens. Take lots of balls - you will need them.