The Yellowstone Club has especially experienced extraordinary growth since early 2020, according to Meldman, and many families looking to relocate also set their sights on Driftwood Golf & Ranch Club outside of Austin, and Troubadour Golf & Field Club in Nashville. Other clubs have seen a substantial increase in sales to younger families, a demographic that isn’t typically attracted to golf communities. After all, the perception is that they’re meant for retirees.
Meldman himself claims to have a home in all his 27 communities. If he had to pick a favorite, he says, his spread at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club would top the list.
Located on the Bahamian island of Great Guana Cay, Baker’s may just be the crown jewel of Discovery’s portfolio and a place that’s been close to Meldman’s heart ever since he started developing it more than two decades ago. “The minute I stepped foot on the island, I knew I could create something phenomenal,” he says. “It had great beaches and, unlike the other islands in the area which are flat as a pancake, the topography of contours and sand dunes was incredible.”
In the 20 years that followed, the three-mile stretch of waterfront that Meldman had earmarked for Baker’s transformed into a flourishing community with 220 homes, a golf course, tennis courts, water sports center, and village with a grocery store and restaurant.
But in 2019, Hurricane Dorian hit and ravaged the island, along with Baker’s, beyond belief.
“Most of the community was wiped out,” Meldman recalls. Baker’s saw around $250 million of damage from the storm, he says, but the only way to move forward was to rebuild anew.
Currently, the development is fully back to life and epitomizes a classic Discovery experience. Amenities include an 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course, pickleball and tennis courts, farm-to-table restaurants, a spa, a market, and an on-site medical staff. The Outdoor Pursuits program is also a highlight and offers members the chance to enjoy activities specific to the destination. In Baker’s Bay, that means snorkeling, bonefishing, boating, and kitesurfing, while at Silo Ridge, options include clay shooting, horseback riding, archery, and hiking.