Friday, March 18, 2011

Golf Like A Champion On Grand Cayman

While Grand Cayman is known for its beaches and underwater activities, golf is becoming an increasing popular sport with locals and tourists alike. The small island now boasts courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, while there are a number of other facilities perfect for golfers of all skill levels looking for a fun way to enjoy an afternoon. After you’ve experienced everything else this remarkable island has to offer, enjoy the Caribbean weather and scenery on one of Grand Cayman’s distinctive golf courses. Always wear a golf visor to protect from the sun.

Featuring a rare 3-in-1 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, The Grand Cayman Britannia Golf Club is one of the most unique facilities in the world. All the action at the Britannia Golf Club revolves around the 9-hole championship course, a par-35 that rivals some of the best courses in the Caribbean. Making use of additional greens and tee boxes, the 18-hole par-57 executive course is built right into the primary 9-hole course. The most unique option, however, makes use of the exclusive “Golden Bear Cayman Ball.” A restricted-flight ball designed to fly approximately half the distance of a standard golf ball, the Cayman Ball converts the course into a challenging 18-hole 71-par adventure. The Britannia Golf Club currently offers regulation play every day and Cayman-style golf on Mondays and Fridays. 

One of the most challenging courses in the Caribbean is Grand Cayman’s own Links at Safe Haven. Designed by Roy Case in 1994, The Links at Safe Haven makes incredible use of the island’s waterfront scenery and prevailing winds. Tucked against the breezy North Sound of the island near Seven Mile Beach, The Links at Safe Haven generally plays longer than its listed 6,605 yards. Constructed as a traditional Scottish links course with a par-71, The Links at Safe Haven features gently rolling hills and elegant open spaces, all set against the backdrop of Grand Cayman’s picturesque coastline. Even if you don’t head out on the course, you can enjoy an afternoon hitting balls on the course’s unique aquatic driving range or sipping cocktails at the open-air bar. 

The newest option for golfers on Grand Cayman is the Greg Norman designed Blue Tip. Developed by Norman as a reinterpretation of the 9-hole format, Blue Tip has earned a reputation as a world-class course in just its first year. Though enough land was present to construct a sizable 18-hole course, Norman decided to develop nine spacious and difficult holes for his design – including five lengthy par-fours that play directly into the Caribbean trade winds. By making remarkable use of the undulating coastal landscape, nearly all of Blue Tip’s holes bring the sparkling water, natural mangroves and rocky hazards into play. 

If you want to simply spend a pleasant Caribbean afternoon outdoors while swinging the clubs, The Sunrise Family Golf Centre is an affordable option. Featuring a large driving range, large practice greens and an enjoyable 9-hole par-3 course, The Sunrise Family Golf Centre offers plenty of great ways to unwind while on vacation. Measuring approximately 900 yards in length, the par-3 course offers golfers the chance to spend a few relaxing hours amongst the scenery, admiring Grand Cayman’s near-perfect weather. As the name implies, The Sunrise Family Golf Centre is also inviting to children and beginning golfers, yet remains a fun challenge for all skill levels. Golfers can simply show up ready to play and take advantage of low-priced club rentals and other equipment in the friendly clubhouse. Protection from the sun is always a priority,be sure to wear golf visors .

If you are unsure about where to play golf on Grand Cayman, ask the concierge at your resort for recommendations. In addition to possible discounts for guests, you will be able to find transportation to the golf course of your choice and schedule tee times with the help of your resort.

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