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Abaco Club to host Tour event

The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic Tees Off January 21st 

Great Abaco, The Bahamas (December 14, 2017) – The Abaco Club on Winding Bay will once again host the PGA TOUR stars of tomorrow on the No. 1-ranked golf course in The Bahamas. The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic will be held the week of January 18-24, featuring a 132-player field and $600,000 purse, with the winner receiving a $108,000 first-place prize. 

Launched in 2017, the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic is one of the season-opening events on the Tour and will include tournament rounds contested Sunday through Wednesday, with all rounds broadcast live on Golf Channel.  

The Abaco Club is one of the premier venues on the Tour schedule. The Scottish-style tropical links course plays along both scenic Winding Bay and The Atlantic Ocean and stretches out to 7,111 yards.

“All of us at Southworth Development, along with the residents, members and staff of The Abaco Club, are thrilled to be part of the positive momentum the Tour has established,” said David Southworth, Founder and CEO of Southworth Development. “It’s an honor to play host to some of the best golfers on the planet and see them thoroughly enjoying their time both on and off the course here at The Abaco Club.”    

Golf fans are invited to join the excitement at the Great Abaco Classic Pro-Am, January 17-21. This year’s Pro-Am, hosted by 2011 British Open Champion and 2016 European Ryder Cup Team Captain (and Abaco Club resident) Darren Clarke, offers two chances to play with the stars of the Tour on the club’s beautiful and award-winning Scottish-style tropical links course. Players will also enjoy golf clinics with the pros, island excursions, parties on and off the beach, and more.

“I immediately loved the golf course,” said 2017 event champion Andrew Landry. “From where our dining was at, the whole atmosphere, the whole beach scene, and our rooms – everything was just fantastic.  The golf course was in unbelievable shape, the greens were great, and I just loved the setup of everything. It was a fantastic place to come with family or friends to enjoy golf, and there were plenty of activities on one of the greatest secluded beaches I’ve ever seen.”

The Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR, with 475 PGA TOUR victories coming from former Tour players – including 23 majors and seven PLAYERS Championships. Last year’s Great Abaco Classic champion, Andrew Landry went on to earn his PGA Tour card for 2018. 

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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.


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Miranda Jarrell
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