World Challenge PGA Tour to be held in The Bahamas 2015-2017

Minister of Tourism for The Islands Of The Bahamas, The Honorable, Obie Wilchcombe, on Wednesday shared that, “The Bahamas is overjoyed, and looking forward with anticipation to hosting the exciting Hero World Challenge PGA Golf tournament for the next three consecutive years, beginning in 2015.”

“As the closest offshore destination to the United States, and boasting warm tropical weather, an exciting culture, scenic beautiful beaches and among the world’s top golf courses, The Bahamas can offer the Hero World Challenge an ideal locale and backdrop for their prestigious international event,” the Minister said.

Minister Wilchcombe’s comments were made in the wake of an announcement by Tiger Woods Tuesday, at a press conference, in Orlando, Florida, where the 2014 tournament is taking place at Isleworth.  During the Press Conference, Woods speaking on behalf of himself and his partners, Joe Lewis and Ernie Els said,  “We are excited to announce that we have signed a deal with Albany in The Bahamas, for the next three years.”

Opened in 2010 at the southern end of Nassau, and described by Vanity Fair as “an elegant utopia,” Albany is a luxury resort community which boasts a wide array of amenities.  Albany is nestled within 600 oceanfront acres and conveniently located within a seven-minute drive from the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Albany features an array of residential offerings and amenities for all members of the family, including a luxury boutique hotel, a 71-slip, mega-yacht marina for vessels up to 300 feet in length, a fitness complex featuring a core strength and weight studio, yoga and Pilates studio, boxing studio, cardio and spin studio, lap pool, luxury spa, adult pool, family pool and family water park, a kids’ clubhouse (known as the Conch House) and a variety of casual and fine dining restaurants. 

The event being hosted in The Bahamas over the next three years is expected to be a considerable boost to the Tourism economy as it is expected to deliver a week’s worth of hotel stays for players.  The tournament is also expected to draw Pro-Am participants, high net worth clients and individuals, media members, TV production crews, and fans.   The event televises in up to 224 countries, with broadcast coverage led by NBC Sports and The Golf Channel. Commenting on the broadcast coverage expected, The Tourism Minister said that the Hero World Challenge, now in its 16th year as an exciting golf event, featuring the world’s best PGA TOUR professionals, including Tiger Woods, “has the potential to be a great boost to The Bahamas Tourism economy, and also provides a global media platform that can serve as an immeasurable source of awareness and exposure for the entire country.”

“The Bahamas is continuing to make great strides in its branding as the Sports Tourism Capital of the Caribbean and the western world” the Minister said,” adding that “the Hero World Challenge event will become one of a number of major Sporting Events that the country has hosted over the past few years.”   Other major events include the 2013 NBA Championship Heat’s Training Camp in October of 2013 and the IAAF World Relays in May of this year.  In December, The Bahamas will host the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Participants and the affluent fan base of the Hero World Challenge will find a warm welcome in The Bahamas with luxury accommodations available at first class resorts such as Albany, the Baha Mar Resort, One&Only Ocean Club and Atlantis Paradise Island.

The capital Island of The Bahamas, Nassau offers world class shopping and entertainment and myriads of tours, sightseeing and activities. Nassau’s limitless gaming opportunities, and vibrant nightlife is matched by the daytime pursuits of enjoying its beautiful beaches where watersports abound, or simply relaxing on the white sands and doing absolutely nothing at all.