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Last Update :8/30/2005

Grand Opening Date Set For Nicklaus Course at Bay Point

BAY POINT, Fla.Aug. 30, 2005 Bay Point Resort is proud to announce that its newly redesigned “Nicklaus Course at Bay Point” will open to the public on Sept. 17, 2005.    


This par-72 championship course is the first Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida and is managed by Birmingham, Alabama-based Honours Golf Company.  Lead designer Gary Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Design team from North Palm Beach, Florida, have 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 golfers of all skill levels can enjoy.  The new Nicklaus Course at Bay Point serves as a complement to the resort’s recently renovated Meadows Course with its challenging yet golf friendly design.


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 -145 and a course rating 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 uncharacteristic 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 to the green.  Hole No. 5 offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay.  The new design incorporates the natural terrain of majestic scrub oaks, Florida pine trees, 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 on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005.  Individuals may enter the contest drawing either by logging onto www.baypointgolf.com or by appearing in person at Bay Point Resort’s Meadows Golf Shop.  The foursome will be announced on Monday, Sept. 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 currently being accepted online at www.baypointgolf.com or by contacting the golf shop at (850) 235-6950.  Green fees are $95 plus tax, including cart. 


For more information regarding tee times, memberships and golf packages, please contact the golf shop at (850) 235-6950 or visit www.baypointgolf.com.



About Bay Point Marriott Resort


Nestled on a 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary overlooking beautiful St. Andrews Bay, the resort offers 356 newly renovated guest rooms (including 78 suites), 36 holes of championship golf, four restaurants, deep-sea fishing, tennis, four pools (one indoor/three outdoor), along with a private bay beach area which allows direct access to many of the resort’s water sports.


For more information about any of the amenities or facilities at Bay Point Marriott Resort, please contact the sales office at 800.874.7105.  For reservations, please call 800.644.2650 or visit online at www.MarriottBayPoint.com.



About Honours Golf Company


Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Honours Golf is the leading golf course management company in the Southeast, operating such renowned golf clubs as: World Golf Village’s Slammer and Squire and King and Bear, St. Augustine, Florida; Limestone Springs Golf Club, Oneonta, Alabama; FarmLinks Golf Club, Sylacauga, Alabama; and Kelly Plantation, Destin, Florida.  For more information, visit www.honoursgolf.com or call

(866) HONOURS.


Contact Information:


Kelly Olshove

Director of Marketing Services

Honours Golf Company

1960 Stonegate Dr.

Birmingham, AL 35242

PH: 205.298.0001

Fax:  205.970.0304



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