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Clarke to represent Abaco Club on tour



Great Abaco, The Bahamas (September 26, 2018) --- The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Club Ambassador Darren Clarke will represent the club during his appearances in PGA Tour Champions events, and will display the club’s logo on his golf bag and shirt.

Clarke has been a fixture at the Abaco Club since its opening in 2008, marrying his wife, Alison, on the club’s beach in 2012 and celebrating his 50th birthday at his cottage overlooking Winding Bay this summer. “There’s no place I’d rather spend time, the whole club is brilliant – everything about it is very relaxing,” Clarke says. “When I am trying to get ready for a tournament everything I need is right there, including the practice facilities, which are second to none,” he added.

Darren Clarke has had a long and successful professional career including winning The Open Championship in 2011 and being named captain of the European Ryder Cup team in 2016. Originally from Northern Ireland, Clarke is no stranger to firsts. In the 1999 Smurfit European Open he became the first player on The European Tour to shoot 60 for a second time, having achieved it first in the 1992 European Monte Carlo Open. In 2002 he became the first player to win the English Open three times and in 2003 became the first player outside Tiger Woods to capture more than one World Golf Championship title. He has played on the European Ryder Cup team five times and has won 22 tournaments on major tours, including the PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour and Japan Tour.

“Darren is one of the world's most recognizable golfers and has won many fans across the globe over almost three decades,” said David Southworth, Founder and CEO of Southworth Development. “We are thrilled to support Darren during his senior debut on the Champions Tour. The Abaco Club is a very special place, just as Darren is a very special golfer and person.”

The Abaco Club’s Scottish-style “tropical links” golf course has been consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Caribbean and Mexico. Designed by British course architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, the picturesque course is set against the sea – with rugged rocks, sloping greens and lush flora throughout. Along with the course, there’s an extensive practice facility featuring a double-sided range, short-game practice area and PGA professional instructional programs.

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is a private, international sporting club and residential community located on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas. Situated on more than 500 acres, The Abaco Club offers a world of relaxation with luxurious residences and guest accommodations, a 2.5-mile white sand beach, a world-class Scottish-style tropical links golf course perennially rated #1 in The Bahamas, and a spectacular offering of other dining, spa, water, leisure and sporting activities. The Club was acquired in 2014 from Marriott/Ritz Carlton by Southworth Development, in partnership with a consortium of Abaco Club Members. Since that time, more than $30 million has been invested in enhancements to the property, most notably to the dining facilities, golf course and the extensive new golf practice facility. For more information visit

Southworth Development is a privately held company that specializes in the development of residential resort and amenitized real estate communities. Through wholly owned subsidiaries Southworth Golf and Southworth Europe, Southworth is also a leader in the international golf community, having served as owner, manager, consultant or construction manager to dozens of properties throughout the United States, Scotland, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, Southworth was founded in 1991 and currently owns and operates private clubs and residential communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Scotland and The Bahamas. The properties include: Willowbend on Cape Cod, Mass.; Renaissance on Boston's North Shore; Meredith Bay on New Hampshire's famed Lake Winnipesaukee, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. 35 minutes west of Washington, DC; The Village at Machrihanish Dunes in Argyll, Scotland; and The Abaco Club, located on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas.

Miranda Jarrell
PR Manager, Southworth Development
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