Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course

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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7001
Slope 140
Rating 74.1
Type Public/Resort
The Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course offers a championship course that provides plenty of challenge in addition to scenic ocean vistas. Designed by Greg Norman, the golf course features numerous bunkers that are strategically situated around the greens and the dramatic fairways that snake through seaside dunes. The golf course has six signature holes, which all skirt the edge of the scenic Emerald Bay peninsula. While the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course's back nine has more scenic views, the first nine offers an interesting variation of holes that feature marshes, lakes, and rock outcroppings. Due to its oceanfront location, wind is a definite factor on the course. Formerly known as Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club and Four Seasons Golf Club Great Exuma at Emerald Bay.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Emerald 72 7001 yards 74.1 140
Black 72 6606 yards 72.1 133
Blue 72 6171 yards 69.9 122
White 72 5642 yards 67.6 116
White (W) 72 5642 yards 72.9 131
Red (W) 72 5122 yards 70.1 122
Scorecard for Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Emerald M: 74.1/140 532 228 436 291 499 165 425 368 603 3547 460 148 418 122 303 572 401 393 637 3454 7001
Black M: 72.1/133 502 208 407 279 471 146 391 352 563 3319 444 134 406 110 291 553 374 365 610 3287 6606
Blue M: 69.9/122 479 188 384 251 430 122 373 322 532 3081 429 122 384 103 280 529 344 328 571 3090 6171
White M: 67.6/116 447 155 359 221 387 102 335 312 489 2807 393 106 350 90 262 506 295 298 535 2835 5642
Red W: 70.1/122 420 115 335 205 357 90 299 296 446 2563 338 93 327 80 231 483 253 262 492 2559 5122
Handicap 5 9 15 11 1 13 7 17 3 6 14 10 2 12 18 8 16 4
Par 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Golf Season Year round
Architect Greg Norman (2003) Tad Burnett

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $35
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No

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4.9
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Handicap 10-14
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Favorite Course I've Ever Played

I've gotten to play a few PGA courses (public and one private) that have hosted yearly PGA tournaments and majors, but this is my favorite course I've ever played. It's extremely rare to be able to play 6 holes in a row directly on the ocean, like close enough to the ocean that you can toss your ball off right into the waves from each hole. These are hands down the most breathtaking views you will ever see on a golf course.

This course was actually one of the main reasons we chose this Sandals location. It was actually great value considering it was an added bonus to a resort that is fairly expensive whether you will play golf or not while there. It only cost $50 per round total for both my wife and I to play. I could easily see this course costing $300 to $500 per person per round if it were in the U.S. being oceanfront.

The 6 holes along the ocean actually looked even better in real life than the pictures show, they were breathtaking and almost worth the trip in itself. My favorite hole was #14, the short Par 4 on the tip of the peninsula, you feel like you're at the edge of the world when you approach the green. The front 9 is also fun to play with some great holes as well.

The first time we played we literally felt like the only ones on the course. We played fast through the front 9, and then spent a lot of time taking photos while playing the ocean holes on the back 9.

The course conditions might not be quite as "immaculate" as some of those other PGA courses, but it is in really great shape especially for where its location is, definitely still tournament worthy conditions (they do host a Web.com tour event).

I even ran to grab a pizza and more beets to go after 9 and they were fine with it. The second time we played there were a couple groups in front of us but the pace of play was still good. They give you beer/water with ice in the cart’s cooler, just make sure to ask them. We also stopped at the turn to get more.

We hope to return again in a few years!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

The most beautiful hole I've ever played

I stayed at the Sandals resort from Dec. 8 - Dec. 17 playing this course on back-to-back days. This being the 200th different course I've played it ranks as the third best in my official list of courses just behind Torrey Pines South and Wolf Creek. Like mentioned before, the front nine is much different than the back nine is difficulty and scenery. Don't get me wrong, the front is every bit as enjoyable to play but without the views. However, it is very stunning on the front as well in it's own special way. The back nine is picture taking central. The most incredible views that I have ever seen. The ocean waters of the Exuma islands are hard to put into words. Hole 13 has to be the most breathtaking one I've ever played. As for the course itself, it is very challenging but lucky for me I had very little wind on both days I played it. The greens are large and receptive and the fairways are pretty generous too. I absolutely loved this place from start to finish. With an uncapped amount of beverages they give you at the starters area, the beverage cart was not needed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Five star views

I debated long and hard if this course has what it takes to earn five stars. It's close but the lack of playability holds it back a bit. It's one of the toughest resort courses I've ever played, a typical Greg Norman ball-buster. If you play it losing less than four balls - especially in the three club wind we experienced - you've had the round of a lifetime. The front nine disappears into the mangroves. It's loaded with water. I would love the 291-yard fourth hole if it had a bit more room to land safely. I pumped two into the marshy lake on the left and moved on. The back nine is an entirely different experience. It's wet and wild with the wind picking up as you head out onto exposed land jutting into the sea. The short 11th and 13th holes are simply magical par 3s. Both my playing partner and I let out a 'wow' when we turned the corner and saw the par-4 12th hole, where waves crash on the rocks up to the left side. The 14th starts with an interesting blind tee shot on a risk-reward 303-yard par 4. The par-5 15th and par-4 16th are both downwind but treacherous. What a visual experience - if you don't run out of balls first.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice course but not amazing...

Played this course 3 times with a friend of mine. We stayed at Sandals Emerald Bay for the week. Course is nice and good condition. Front nine was a bit boring with straight away fairways and nothing appealing to the eye. The back nine had holes along the ocean and a bit more challenging than the front. It's almost as if they are letting this course go down hill. I expected to be blown away and wasn't at all. Would I play it again? Sure cause I love golf! Can I wait to go back? Let just say I'm in no rush...

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average

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