Southworth Development has acquired the spectacular Abaco Club on Winding Bay from Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation. Southworth acquired the community, in an all cash purchase, in partnership with a consortium of members and residents of The Abaco Club.
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is one of the world’s great sporting clubs, with residences that rival the finest in any island setting. The Club features over 2 miles of white-sand beach; an acclaimed tropical links golf course, which has been consistently ranked as the #1 course in The Bahamas by Golfweek Magazine; tennis; a wide range of water sports, world-class bone fishing, deep-sea fishing and boating off Abaco’s famed shores and surrounding islands.
The Right Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, said: “We welcome Southworth Development’s involvement in The Abaco Club on Winding Bay and look forward to working with such a renowned group. Renewed interest and long-term investment in the property will benefit Great Abaco and The Bahamas in the form of increased home building, tourism and jobs. ”
Southworth is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the existing facilities which will begin immediately. In addition, a new state-of-the-art golf practice facility will be added, along with a new marina and boathouse.
Since being named "Resort Experience of the Year" by Golf Tourism Scotland as well as the proud recipient of their "GEO Sustainability Award" in 2013, Machrihanish Dunes has continued to impress, adding several more accolades to their list. Mach Dunes was honored to be named "Scotland's Best Experience" by the readers of Bunkered Magazine as well as landing among the Top 100 courses in all of Great Britain & Ireland by a large panel of expert raters from National Club Golfer. Good company indeed! Below are a few of the recent awards that Machrihanish Dunes has proudly received.
National Club Golfer: 2015 “Great Britain & Ireland Top 100 Links” #55
National Club Golfer & Lady Golfer: The 2014 Golfas “Golf Resort Award” #1
Golf World Magazine (UK): 2014 Top 100 Golf Courses in Britain & Ireland #68
Lady Golfer: 2014 “Top 50 Play & Stay" in the U.K. #3
Golf Digest: 2014 “Top 36 Destinations for Buddies Trips” | Scotland #1
(Machrihanish Dunes, The Old Course, Trump International Golf Links, and Carnoustie)
IAGTO: 2014 “Sustainable Golf Course of the Year" #2
Bunkered Magazine: 2013 Scotland’s Best Experience #1
One of Scotland’s most dramatic golf courses, Machrihanish Dunes, is celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland by herding an unusual bunch of ‘locals’ back onto the course.
Keeping it neatly nibbled during the winter months, the maintenance of this stunning coastal course is a labour of love for these ‘natural lawnmowers’; a flock of 40 black Hebridean sheep.
Set to swing back into action on October 18, these woolly wonders are not only a hit with visitors but provide a perfect example of environmentally friendly practice in Scotland, the Home of Golf. So much so, these ‘natural lawnmowers’ can be credited with helping Machrihanish Dunes secure the 2012 Association of British Travel Agents title of ‘Number 1 Eco Golf Course in the World’.
David Southworth, President and CEO of Southworth Development, owners and managers of Machrihanish Dunes, said: “Here at Machrihanish Dunes we are very proud of our eco friendly status and in particular the iconic characters who have helped us achieve our environmentally friendly credentials.
“By using the ‘natural lawnmowers’ to thin out the rough on the course we are able to help preserve several rare and protected species of orchids that grow here on this site and in few other places. The added benefit is visitors can enjoy the company of these unique companions as they play a round.”
Thanks to its eco friendly practices, stunning coastal setting and dramatic Atlantic backdrop, Machrihanish Dunes came in at number 25 in the ‘GolfWorld Magazine: 2012-13 Top 100 Courses in Scotland’.
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes announced today that it was the winner of two top awards at the Golf Tourism Scotland Excellence Awards, which were presented at the group’s annual dinner held on Friday, 22 November. The two awards it received were the ‘Resort Experience of the Year’ award and the ‘Golf Tourism Scotland GEO Sustainability Award for outstanding environmental practices. Machrihanish Dunes was also a finalist in the ‘Club and Course Experience of the Year’ (Green fee of £75 or less) category and its Ugadale Hotel was a finalist for ‘Accommodation Experience of the Year’ (22 rooms or less).
Barbara and Jack Nicklaus co-hosted the second Creighton Farms Invitational at the award-winning Creighton Farms in the Northern Virginia city of Leesburg. The event included a reception, dinner and auction held at the nearby and newly opened Salamander Resort & Spa in picturesque Middleburg, Va. The reception was followed by golf the next morning on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Creighton Farms. A year after the inaugural event raised almost $270,000, this year’s event grossed close to $700,000.