Work Underway on Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of the Bahamas

Cypress Equities, the Staubach Company, and Behringer Harvard, the developers of Royal Island in the Bahamas, have announced that construction is underway on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of the Bahamas.

The club was created as an exclusive access and reciprocity program for only 25 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses around the world. Royal Island is the first participating club worldwide selected by Jack Nicklaus and given this special designation.

The entire eastern portion of Royal Island will be solely devoted to the course and clubhouse. Initial clearing for the 18-hole layout began in mid-April. Since then, 13 holes have been cleared for the development and course.

Nicklaus has made two visits to Royal Island to work on the design. Major construction on the golf course will begin in early 2008, with completion by the end of '09.

In addition to the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, Royal Island will include a deep-water marina with over 200 slips surrounded by a village with shops, cafes, customs and immigration office, emergency services and a captains' club.