Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Lyford Cay Club
New Providence, The Bahamas
Image: Lyford Cay Club
Course Type
Design Role
Complete Redesign
Bryce Swanson

Client Course Description

Located on Nassau Island in the Bahamas. The project focused on rebuilding the entire green complex, adding and rebuilding all fairway bunkers, reshaping the tee complex and minor irrigation improvements.

Designer Notes

Canadian billionaire Edward Plunkett Taylor established the ultra-exclusive private Lyford Cay Club on the northwest corner of New Providence Island in the late 1950s when he commissioned Dick Wilson to layout a championship standard golf course for the elite membership. Bryce Swanson and Rees Jones updated the course in 2006 in a Dick Wilson style. The original 6,610-yard length of the course was also extended to 7,007 yards. Fans of James Bond movies will note the subtle reference to the late Sean Connery, a longtime member of the club, in the new length of the course. Hole locations that had been lost over the previous 5 decades had been regained. In addition of to the restoration, Rees Jones, Inc. was able to add distance in order to combat the strengths of 21st century technology. The work includes the latest fine-bladed, heat resistant grass for putting greens; adjustment of the putting surface slopes to accommodate the increase in putting speed; rebuilding fairway bunkers and adding new ones strategically placed for today’s game; strategically necessitated; rebuilding tees and the removal and cleaning of encroaching landscape.

Course Photos

More Information

For more information about Lyford Cay Club, please visit the course’s website.