The Bahamas has long been a premiere destination for sporting events and that sentiment remains, with an event this weekend providing “proof in the pudding.”
International golf has a rich history with the Bahamian shores and the Web.com Tour will add to that tradition, starting today with the Great Exuma Golf Classic.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Tourism, what makes the Tour unique is the fact that it takes place on two islands.
The Great Exuma Classic tees off today, January 13-16 at Sandals Emerald Bay. The Final Leg of the Tour ends in Abaco with the Great Abaco Classic, which takes place January 18 - 24 at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay.
This will be the second year in a row that the golf tournament takes place on two islands, and are expected to field over 100 golfers.
Virginia Kelly, Director of Sports Tourism at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expressed how ideal it is for The Bahamas to host both tournaments.
“We are so excited to be hosting the Web.Com Tour for the second time in two consecutive years. The Bahamas is constantly being recognized as one of the best places in the Caribbean to play golf and I’m certain that the backdrop of Exuma and the Abacos, along with the top-notch hospitality, will make for very successful tournaments,” she said.
For those who wish to watch the tournament, it was announced that both tournaments will be carried live via the Golf Channel for four days.
Kelly also stated that both tournaments are expected to yield, “substantial economic activity” for both of the islands.
“All of the players, organizers, supporting staff and fans will be spending several days on these islands and contributing to their economies during a generally slow period. It’s the perfect boost,” Kelly added.
The two Web.com events that will play out this month in Exuma and Abaco are among four world class professional golf tournaments that take place, annually, in the Islands of The Bahamas. They follow Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic and the Hero World Challenge.