Cable Beach resort unveils lighted golf course

The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, which was renamed to include “Golf” after completing a $4.5 million redesign in 2003, continues to add to its golf experience. The resort is unveiling a lighted range that will stay open nightly until 9 p.m.

“We are committed to giving the best experience possible to the growing number of guests who consider golf when planning a Caribbean getaway,” said Christopher Lewis, leisure manager of the golf course.

The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort is the only resort in Nassau to offer unlimited green fees as part of its all-inclusive program. Other amenities in the all-inclusive price include six restaurants, five bars and lounges, a seven-acre waterscape and loads of land and water activities.

In 2003, the oldest golf course in the Bahamas was transformed into the 700-island nation’s newest course . . . in a manner of speaking.

The Radisson Cable Beach Resort’s course, which was opened in 1928, finished a complete renovation early last year, and it has resulted in a drastically improved track. The course was regrassed, holes were reversed and a sorely needed drainage system was installed during a two-phase project that began in March 2000. The course never completely closed during the project, but only nine holes were open at a time. Now that all 18 have been up and running for 1 1/2 years, the people behind the project have had a chance to reflect on the results.

“Really, it was more than redesign, it was more like a re-creation of the golf course,” said designer Fred Settle, who oversaw the tropical transformation.

When the full 18 was reopened, the Radisson Cable Beach Resort became The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort. The emphasis on golf is not in name only. Cable Beach officials say approximately 50,000 rounds were played on the layout last year.

The course is laid out on 120 acres, the same parcel as was used in 1928. But the maintenance quality now makes it feel like a different course.

“The conditions are so much better,” Settle said. “And there are plenty of interesting holes.”

Settle himself is an interesting story. The 64-year-old Clermont, Fla., resident is a PGA Class A professional and a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He also has worked with Arnold Palmer Golf Management and IMG, where he was international vice president for IMG-Asia Pacific and senior international vice president.

Cable Beach is a par 71 that plays 6,453 yards from the tips. The course’s signature hole is the par-3 14th, offering the ocean as a backdrop to a green surrounded by water.

“The course is aimed at the golfer on vacation,” said Giovanni Grant, a Radisson Cable Beach resort spokesman. “Yet it is a fun place to play, no matter what your handicap.”

Nassau offers sea, sand, good food and night life. And to an increasing degree, an enjoyable golf experience.

“This is a beautiful part of the world with a lot to offer,” said general manager Ben Davis. “And we like to think that includes our golf course.”

For more information on the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, call 242-327-6000 or visit www.radisson-cablebeach.com.

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