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lthough the Cayman Islands are best known for providing divers with one of the richest, most diverse underwater worlds on the planet, the Islands’ three golf courses have become an increasing attraction. For a romantic week or a family vacation, the islands have something for everyone—diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, hiking, to mention a few—and of course, golf. Grand Cayman has just one 18-hole championship course— par 71, 6,605 yards with a rating of 73.1 and slope of 139. It is by any standards a charming course offering challenging play in an idyllic setting. This is the North Sound Club, which is open to the public, also offering a full-service practice facility and quality club rentals. In addition, there’s a full-service pro shop along with customized instruction. What kind of challenges does the course offer? There are the prevailing Caribbean trade winds and water coming into play on 15 of 18 holes. And the five sets of tees allow an enjoyable opportunity for even the novice golfer. The signature hole, No. 11, is a long par 3 that usually plays into the wind with the majestic North Sound as a backdrop. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman, has a ninehole course designed by Greg Norman that is well worth a visit. The Blue Tip Golf Course was designed in a way to make its
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North Sound Club, Grand Cayman’s only 18-hole championship course.
470-yard-hole play feel like 600, and is perfect for those who want to play one or multiple rounds in a day. The resort Golf Club also offers a pro shop, customized instruction and equipment rental. Although this is not a public course, seasonal and annual memberships are available for individuals and corporations. As for accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton has to be a top choice, offering all the luxuries you could wish for when on vacation in this beautiful and exotic Caribbean setting. Finally, there’s the Britannia Golf Course, the Caribbean’s first signature Jack Nicklaus golf course featuring a nine-hole regulation course with slightly undulating terrain. The course has all the natural challenges and hazards of a traditional seaside or links layout. On some holes, blind tee shots, pot bunkers and two-tiered greens test the golfer. Getting there… There are direct flights to the Cayman Islands from many major cities including Boston, Houston, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando and Washington, with scheduled flights by American Airlines, Cayman Airways and Delta, to mention a few. It’s also possible to hire a private jet flight to or from Cayman Brac Gerrard Smith Airport in Cayman Islands. For prices call +1 (866) 726-1222. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018, Part 2