Grand Cayman Golf
The Cayman Islands offer an idyllic holiday location for sun, sand and sea lovers. Some people, however, need a little bit more, so for those visitors whose vacation would not be complete without sand traps and water hazards, welcome to holiday nirvana. Grand Cayman boasts three spectacular courses with equally stunning views of the pristine North Sound. Play a round while enjoying the cooling sea breezes that waft off the Caribbean and linger slightly longer over your shots to soak in the fabulous array of blues from water to sky. In case you need more convincing to hit the links in our island paradise.
10 reasons to play golf in Cayman
With perfect sunny days pretty much all year round, getting rained out is really not a concern for those wanting to hit the links. Breezes from North Sound and Seven Mile Beach keep morning and afternoon temperatures moderate.
Imagine lining up for your tee shot with an unimpeded view of the pristine North Sound to enjoy. The Cayman climate creates fluffy while clouds; and rainbows are common after summer afternoon showers. Palm trees, hibiscus and tropical greenery adorn the courses.
North Sound Club
As its name suggests, this golf course sits right by the North Sound, offering panoramic views of the clear, blue water while providing a challenging 18-hole course. Designed to take advantage of cooling ocean breezes, the site also offers an entertaining variety of holes.
Britannia is the only course in the Caribbean designed by Jack Nicklaus, and features rolling dunes, grassy mounds, lakes and over-sized bunkers, while including all the hazards and natural challenges of traditional links or seaside layouts.
The Greg Norman-designed nine-hole course has been described as a “Caribbean monster” and is available exclusively for guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and owners at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The championship quality course has diverse layouts and terrain, not to mention the naturally landscaped beauty of greens, sand and water.
Not an official hazard, but certainly of note are the many (and rather large) iguanas that you will find sharing the various golf courses with you. But don't worry, they are also there to enjoy a day in the sun. Basking on the fairways or scuttling at the edges of the water features, the Green Iguanas remind you that this isn't your ordinary golf vacation.
If a full-size course is not your cup of "tee" check out the jungle-themed mini-golf facility located on West Bay Road just across from the Grand Cayman Beach Suites. The whole family can play and have fun at this 18-hole putting course.
Plan your trip around one of the many fun charity golf events that take place throughout the year, including ones organized through the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman as well as and RE/MAX Cayman Islands and the Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy a challenging day on the links for a good cause. The Britannia offers a full schedule of tournaments year-round.
Since Grand Cayman is only an hour and a bit from Miami, you can decide in the morning to take a golfing holiday and be out on the links by that same afternoon. Two of Cayman's courses are affiliated with hotel properties so you won't even need to jump in a taxi to play.
If you require anything golf-related, do not worry; there are sporting goods stores stocked with everything you'll need. The Britannia rents both men's and women's clubs, and offers private lessons with its resident golf pro. Sports Supply also carries golfing equipment.