In 1928, the renowned golf architect Devereux Emmet designed the Bahamas's first public course, Nassau Country Club. By 1992, when it became a Radisson-branded property, the layout's glory days were gone—decades of sun, sea spray and neglect had left its Bermuda fairways brown and bare. Fred M. Settle Jr. was hired in 2000 to lead a $2.5 million redesign. Settle transformed the old eighteen into the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort course, adding subtle elevation changes and reseeding the course with Salam paspalum, a salt-tolerant grass that stays green in the tropical sun.
The highlights are still water based. The fifth hole winds through a corridor of lakes, while the seventh fairway features an algae-filled emerald hazard that holds the remains of trees uprooted by Hurricane Michelle. (Everyone's an architect.) The tee at the fourteenth offers a spectacular ocean view; the green is moated by yet another lake. But this par seventy one, reopened in December, is no sea monster. It plays just 6,453 yards from the tips with flattish greens, only twenty-nine traps and forgiving contours and mounding. The Cable course is once again a memorable day at the beach.
Greens Fees: $105-$115. Tee Times: 800-214-4281 or visit radisson-cablebeach.com.