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New Golf Program at The Resort and Casino at Bahamia

Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - The Resort and Casino at Bahamia, which will be renamed the Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino upon completion of its $42 million renovation in January, has introduced a new golf program as part of its $6 million dollar transformation of the resort's golf facilities.

In addition to the redesign of its two championship 18-hole golf courses, The Ruby and The Emerald, the resort has added two new golf pros and a program that includes new rates, equipment, clinics and instruction techniques.

The resort has hired the world-renowned Fazio Design Group to redesign both golf courses. These 18 hole, par 72, courses were originally designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee in 1964 and are established sites for major championship tournaments played in The Bahamas.

The Ruby course renovation included lengthening the course to increase it's rating and enhance play, conditioning the greens, and adding additional waste bunkers, landscaping and an automated irrigation system. The 7,000-yard Ruby reopened in August and features expansive fairways with challenging holes, as well as a new clubhouse with snack bar.

The Emerald, which will reopen in December, will feature upgraded irrigation systems, new landscaping and greens conditioning. Greens are elevated above the fairway and bunkers are strategically placed making power off the tee a must. So impressed was Golf Digest with the 9th hole that they featured it in an article entitled "Spectacular Holes that You Can Play."

The Resort & Casino at Bahamia contracted Golf Management Group, Inc., a Florida-based corporation that specializes in resort golf operation, marketing and sales. GMG has an extensive background in golf course management and has current relationships with island destinations including Grand Bahama Island, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico.

GMG placed Brian Roddy, a 21-year veteran with Walt Disney World's Golf program who led the renowned Disney Institute Golf Experience, as Director of Golf to oversee the final stages of the golf course renovation and develop a new golf program that includes clinics, private instruction, and new equipment (golf carts, clubs, etc.).

Roddy began his career as a professional golfer with competitive tournaments in Florida and throughout the U.S., and worked with golf legend Arnold Palmer. He has also taught and instructed at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy and conducted clinics at the Gary Player Group.

Roddy is joined by Head Golf Pro John Keaton, who is responsible for implementing all new golf programs, supervising tournaments, camps and special events, upkeep of the courses and instruction. Keaton played golf in college and eventually worked at Walt Disney World's golf program in Orlando, Florida. His experience includes Bonnet Creek Golf Club at Disney, the Lake Buena Vista Golf Club and the Disney Institute Golf Experience.

The Resort & Casino at Bahamia is currently offering rates for greens fees and cart at $85 for an 18-hole round, and $55 for 9-holes through December 15, 2001. Beginning December 16, 2001 through April 15, 2002, rates increase slightly to $95 for 18-holes and $65 for 9-holes.

Rates are quoted for both The Ruby and The Emerald courses. The Ruby course has already received tremendous reviews from golfers. Upcoming tournaments include the "Bahama 2 Man Shootout" scheduled for December 7-9, 2001.

According to Jim Fazio, Jr. of the Fazio Design Group, "Our main goal was to highlight the tropical beauty of each course's surroundings. We've reshaped, both strategically and visually, all of the bunkers, upgraded the greens and incorporated a state-of-the art irrigation system." The Fazio Design Group, headed by the legendary Jim Fazio, has specialized in golf course design and construction for 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Director of Golf Brian Roddy adds, "The enhancement of the courses will provide a more challenging and enjoyable game. We are excited and confident that the redesign allows us the opportunity to offer championship golf in a tropical paradise. We welcome past and new players to experience our greatly enhanced golf product."

Upon completion of the extensive renovation project in January 2002, the property will roll out a new identity with a name change to the Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino, featuring two distinctive hotel options. The Tower will be re-branded as a Crowne Plaza and the Country Club as a Holiday Inn Sunspree, creating the first dual branded Six Continents (formerly Bass Hotels) project in The Bahamas and allowing guests to share the benefits and amenities of this unique resort concept.

Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino will feature newly renovated guestroom accommodations, re-themed and renovated restaurants and lounges, lushly landscaped and inviting public areas including two pools and a hot tub, an upgraded 20,000 sq. ft. casino, and new retail space.

The transformation will create a sleek new resort complex with walking trails, ponds and waterfalls, and a million-gallon beach pool, designed to bring the beach to the guest. A complete family oriented entertainment area with a spa, fitness area and Children's Program will also be added, along with the island's first children's only restaurant.

The Resort & Casino at Bahamia is part of the Driftwood Hospitality Management family of companies. Driftwood is an independent hospitality management company based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Driftwood owns and/or operates the tour operation based in Fort Lauderdale and a portfolio of nine hotels and resorts comprising approximately 3,000 rooms throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and The Bahamas.

For more information and reservations regarding The Resort & Casino at Bahamia, call your travel agent or 1-800-545-1300. To book a lesson or reserve tee times, call the resort's golf pro shop at 242-352-9661.

 
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