Tiger Woods' Playground par-3 course opens in the Bahamas

Tiger Woods’ 10-hole Playground has opened at Jack’s Bay in Eleuthera, Bahamas, with the 10-hole par-3 course joining a growing (...)

Tiger Woods' Playground par-3 course opens in the Bahamas

Tiger Woods’ 10-hole Playground has opened at Jack’s Bay in Eleuthera, Bahamas, with the 10-hole par-3 course joining a growing trend of premium short courses at destinations around the world.

The Playground sits atop a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the holes range from 55 to 170 yards and can be played in multiple configurations. The Blue Bar snack shop sits off the fourth tee.

“It is great to be part of this spectacular project in paradise,” Woods said in a press release. “The natural terrain and coastline are incredibly beautiful and call for an equally spectacular golf experience. The golf course complements the true spirit of the Jack’s Bay development because it’s designed for golfers to have fun, foster friendships and create memories within an unforgettable setting.”

Tiger Woods designed the par-3 Playground course at Jack’s Bay in the Bahamas. (Courtesy of Jack’s Bay Company)

The private Jack’s Bay is a 964-acre property with 2 ½ miles of Atlantic Ocean frontage 10 minutes from Rock Sound International Airport. Woods’ TGR Design also is slated to build an 18-hole course at the property that will include approximately 500 residences, bluffs that reach 80 feet above the ocean and a pink sand beach. The Playground was the first major recreational amenity to open at the community.

“Bringing Tiger to this private membership community opportunity in the Bahamas is nothing short of remarkable,” Franklyn Wilson, chairman of Jack’s Bay Company, said in the release. “Uniting the rich Bahamian cultural heritage and Eleuthera’s unmatched beauty with the skill and attention to detail brought to the table by Tiger Woods and TGR Design, makes this an exceptional opportunity.”

The welcome sign for the par-3 Playground course at Jack’s Bay in the Bahamas. (Courtesy of Jack’s Bay Company)

Adding short courses is a growing trend for operators of premium golf destinations, with the 13-hole, par-3 Preserve at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon and the nine-hole, par-3 Cradle at Pinehurst in North Carolina serving as prime examples.

Other recent openings include the Nest at Cabot in Nova Scotia and the Short Course at Forest Dunes in Michigan. Woods also is renovating the par-3 Peter Hay Golf Course at Pebble Beach Resorts in California.

The shorter courses can attract families and novices as well as serve as a fun break from larger, traditional courses for traveling groups of players looking to fill an evening with a few cocktails and laughs.

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Newly opened Dumbarnie Links awaits near St. Andrews, Scotland

International golf travel has ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of a trip to (...)

Newly opened Dumbarnie Links awaits near St. Andrews, Scotland

International golf travel has ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of a trip to play links golf. And when Americans can again jet across the Atlantic, they will have a new a links treat waiting.

Dumbarnie Links opened in May in the East Neuk of Fife, not far to the south of St. Andrews, Scotland, offering 1.5 miles of beachfront and a Clive Clark layout on the north shore of the Firth of Forth. The public-access, daily-fee layout is part of the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate that dates back to the 16th century and is owned by Lord Balnie.

The course features 80 feet of elevation changes with constant views of the Firth. The layout sits on 345 acres of sand and fescue, and instead of a classic out-and-back links, Dumbarnie Links is a mix of two big loops that highlight many elevated tee boxes and water views as the land climbs away from the beach. Muirfield and North Berwick are on the opposite side of the Firth.

The all-walking course can be stretched to 7,612 yards for pros, but the tees typically are set between 5,100 and 6,900 yards.

Dumbarnie Links sits nine miles from the center of St. Andrews, making it an easy day trip for traveling golfers staying in town. There are no accommodations at the course, as the estate wanted to maintain a natural feel without adding too many buildings.

Green fees for international golfers range from around $230 to $315, and Dumbarnie Links’ season runs through Nov. 15. The course also offers a discounted replay rate that is good for five days after the initial round.

Check out the photos to see why this might be a worthy addition to your dreams of St. Andrews.

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