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Club Amenities

A slew of amenities and a superlative location distinguish the Abaco Club on Winding Bay from all other private residence clubs in the Caribbean.

If you’ve ever questioned the validity of love at first sight, visit the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a luxuriously appointed private sporting club and community on the east coast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Standing on the back deck of Flippers Beach Bar—a casual, open-air eatery that is equal parts tiki hut, sidewalk café, and laid-back bistro—club members are greeted with an idyllic Bahamian vista: waves from the tranquil waters of Winding Bay gently lap a crescent-shaped shoreline of white sand. The picture-perfect Caribbean scene conjures up amorous emotions almost immediately.

The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference
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A Magical Beach

The Abaco Club’s more than two-mile-long stretch of private beach provides the perfect venue for a day spent enjoying the bay’s warm, turquoise water. Those who wish to unwind on a chaise lounge beneath a thatched umbrella, sipping a Bahamian beer or a fruity and floral rum punch, will find no better place for a little sun-splashed R&R; however, those who yearn for a bit more action can climb aboard one of the club’s FunCat electric catamarans or Hobie Cats to sail the bay. Those who feel more comfortable with a paddle in their hands can climb aboard a sea kayak or paddleboard, while those who prefer old-fashioned flipper power can borrow snorkeling gear and head out to the coral reefs that extend just off nearby Sugar Cay. In fact, members who venture to the opposite side of the cay can often paddle—and sometimes snorkel—with a flotilla of sea turtles that regularly inhabits those waters.

The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference

Watersports Galore

The Abaco Club’s more than two-mile-long stretch of private beach provides the perfect venue for a day spent enjoying the bay’s warm, turquoise water. Those who wish to unwind on a chaise lounge beneath a thatched umbrella, sipping a Bahamian beer or a fruity and floral rum punch, will find no better place for a little sun-splashed R&R; however, those who yearn for a bit more action can climb aboard one of the club’s FunCat electric catamarans or Hobie Cats to sail the bay. Those who feel more comfortable with a paddle in their hands can climb aboard a sea kayak or paddleboard, while those who prefer old-fashioned flipper power can borrow snorkeling gear and head out to the coral reefs that extend just off nearby Sugar Cay. In fact, members who venture to the opposite side of the cay can often paddle—and sometimes snorkel—with a flotilla of sea turtles that regularly inhabits those waters.

The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference

World-Class Fishing

On the topic of fish, the Abaco Club is as much a fisherman’s paradise as it is a utopia for boaters and divers. Some of the world’s best bonefishing flats can be found only a few minutes from the club, while saltwater fly fisherman can also stalk record-sized permit in those same waters for much of the year. Big game sport fishing is also unique at the club, since the open ocean waters drop to precipitous depths very near the shore. That means anglers who yearn to land a trophy marlin, sailfish, or tuna can get in an entire day’s worth of action in half the amount of time.

The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference
The Abaco Club Difference

Championship Golf & Tennis

Despite all of its water-based virtues, the Abaco Club was designed to be a true sporting club that would attract affluent and discerning members. As such, it features two, all-weather, hard-surface tennis courts (the same style as those used at the U.S. Open) that are set within a private, palm-tree-lined enclave. Yet, the club’s most noteworthy land-based amenity is its 7,100-yard, par-72, links-style golf course—one that immediately attracted British Open champion Darren Clarke, who first joined the club shortly after it had opened. “The golf course is a true championship layout,” says Clarke, “not unlike some of the ones I grew up playing in Northern Ireland. The only difference is, you can play this course in warm sunshine almost every day of the year!

“I’ve always loved working on my game here prior to The Masters each year,” Clarke continues, “and the club’s new practice facility is tour-quality, the best in the islands. For me, this is the ideal home away from home.”

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A Rare Community

The club’s numerous and diverse amenities—all distinguished by their impeccable levels of quality—made a similar, indelible mark on David Southworth, the founder and CEO of Southworth Development, a firm that took ownership of the club in 2014. “On my first trip down here, I remember thinking to myself that if the deal didn’t go through I wanted to buy a house here anyway,” he says. “That’s how impressed I was.”

Visitors who wish to purchase or build an island home here have several options, ranging from cozy cabanas and oceanview cottages to grand estate homes on oceanfront lots. Like David Southworth, you may find yourself wanting to pick one out on your first visit, too.