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Grand Opening Date Set For Nicklaus Course at Bay Point


The par-72 championship course is the first Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida and is managed by Birmingham, Ala.-based Honours Golf Company. Lead designer Gary Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Design team from North Palm Beach, Fla., created a completely new layout with a design goal to transform an extremely difficult golf course (the former Lagoon Legend course) into a fun and strategic layout that all golfers can enjoy. The new Nicklaus Course at Bay Point complements the resort's recently renovated Meadows Course.

The new golf course measures more than 7,000 yards and features modern grasses that provide premier putting surfaces resulting in faster, smoother greens. The course is expected to boast an estimated slope rating between 125 and 145 and a course rating of between 70.0 and 73.5. The design features "illusionary" bunkers, strategically placed to tempt golfers through a "risk/reward" scenario. The course offers a variety of fairways with plateaus and elevation changes unique to this region.

Many holes are quite memorable. Hole No. 17 features a green design reminiscent of a "fish bowl," as some golf media have described it. This design is where the green is actually recessed below the surrounding landscape, creating a challenging semi-blind shot into the green. No. 5 offers panoramic views of the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay. The new design incorporates the natural terrain of scrub oaks, Florida pines, sandy-white waste areas and salt-water marshes.

"This is an exciting time at the resort," said John Hamati, vice president of resort operations. "When you consider the new golf course and the newly renovated hotel, this entire resort is undergoing a magical transformation. The opening of the Nicklaus Course at Bay Point is just the beginning of many great things to come."

The Bay Point Golf Club is currently hosting a contest with WBPC- FM 95.1 to select the "First Foursome to Play the Nicklaus Course at Bay Point" when the course opens for public play. Individuals may enter the contest drawing either by logging onto www.baypointgolf.com or by appearing in person at Bay Point Resortís Meadows Golf Shop. The foursome will be announced on Monday, September 12, on WBPC- FM 95.1. Golfers also will have the opportunity to win a Club Car and E-Z-GO golf cart along with other prizes.

Tee times to play the Nicklaus Course at Bay Point are being accepted online at www.baypointgolf.com or through the golf shop at 850/235-6950. Green fees are $95 plus tax, including cart. For more information about Bay Point Marriott Resort, call 800/644-2650 or visit www.MarriottBayPoint.com. For more information about Honours Golf Company, call 866/HONOURS or visit www.honoursgolf.com.