Emerald Reef Golf Club First Hole, Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, Bahamas


This is the first hole at the Greg Norman – designed Emerald Reef Golf Club at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort. The front nine at the course is cut through thick jungle, while the back plays out along a peninsula jutting into the sea. It is a fun and playable course, with scenery quite different from anything I have encountered in my golf journeys.

The experience was made even better by the opportunity to talk with Greg Norman about the design of the course. I asked him which of the holes was his favorite, and he replied “fifteen of the eighteen.” He did admit, however, that the twelfth was the most challenging.

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