The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, recently acquired by Southworth Development, LLC in partnership with a group of home owners, hosted a media familiarization weekend at the property to show off what the Club presently offers and share the plans of what is to come.
Writers from a variety of Golf, Real Estate and Travel publications played golf, took in some sunshine on the beach and visited several places on or nearby the property, including a quick tour of Hope Town and the lighthouse.
Southworth is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the existing facilities which will begin immediately and includes a new state-of-the-art world-class golf practice facility among other things.
David Southworth, Principal, President & CEO of Southworth Development, LLC, said that renovations will take about two years, with $25 million earmarked to setup and “to make everything here first class, including the clubhouse.”
He said “we have owned the club for two and a half months now and we are getting some action, some people are joining which is good. There’s about 6 construction sites that are before architectural review right now.”
He added that the Abaco Club presently has 153 lots available, of which about 25 are estate lots and there rest are cottage lots.
Mr. Southworth said that construction of homes on the property can be handled in-house, or by one of a number of local contractors. “There are some really good Bahamian builders here in Abaco; everything you see has been built by Bahamian builders, and the houses can stack up with anyone,” he said.
He said there are presently about 70 to 80 guests at the Club, while around the Christmas holidays the number was around 300, but he expects that when everything is built out the number will be around 1000.
He said that he does business in Bermuda and the Dominican Republic, but he is presently working on getting residence here in The Bahamas. “I love The Bahamas and I love this spot,” he said.
“The weather speaks for itself; the beauty speaks for itself; there’s not much crime; there’s not poverty like other locations,” he remarked. “Abaco is a very balanced place; there’s peace and harmony no matter where you go. There’s a grocery store here that’s as good as anything you could find in Manhattan. There’s good doctors, and it’s close to Florida.”
Speaking of the Abaco Club property and the surrounding environment, he said it is “everything money can’t buy.”