Grand Cayman Travel Guide
Blue Tip. Designed by Greg Norman in 2006 and built on flat terrain near mangroves, Blue Tip is open only to Ritz-Carlton guests and to owners of the Residences (luxury condominiums). Five of the holes are par-4s, and two are par-5s, including a 600-yarder so there is lots of muscle to the layout. No jeans are allowed, and you must wear collared golf shirts. Club rentals are available at the golf shop. Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, KY1-1209. 345/943–9000 or 345/815–6500. www.ritzcarlton.com. $195 for 18 holes, $145 for 9 holes; twilight discounts. 9 holes, 3515 yards, par 36.
Britannia. Next to the Grand Cayman Beach Suites and designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is really a 9-hole routing with two sets of tees so as to provide an 18-hole experience. The courses feature artificial abrupt mounding and lots of water, similar to what Nicklaus did early on in Florida. Tough holes include 3 and 10; beware tricky winds on 7 through 11. Amenities include a full pro shop and the Britannia Golf Grille (with particularly good breakfasts and local fare). West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, KY1-1209. 345/745–4653. www.britannia-golf.com. $150 for 18 holes ($115 off-season), $100 for 9 holes ($75 off-season); twilight discounts. 9-hole course w/2 tees, 5829 yards, par 70.
North Sound Golf Club. Formerly the Links at Safehaven, this is Cayman’s only 18-hole golf course and infamous among duffers for its strong wind gusts. Roy Case factored the wind into his design, which incorporates lots of looming water and sand bunkers. The handsome setting features many mature mahogany and silver thatch trees where iguana lurk. Wear shorts at least 14 inches long (15 inches for women) and collared shirts. Greens fees change seasonally, and there are twilight and walking discounts (though carts are recommended), a fine pro shop, and an open-air bar with large-screen TVs. Off West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, KY1-1209. 345/947–4653. www.northsoundclub.com. $175 for 18 holes, $110 for 9 holes, including cart. 18 holes, 6605 yards, par 71.