Saturday, December 22, 2007, 03:26 PM - CaribbeanThe Cayman Islands are definitely one of the best destinations when it comes to golf vacations. This trio of tiny islands in the Caribbean is home to some of the world's greatest reefs and walls. Because of its underwater treasures, the Cayman Islands have earned its reputation of being one of the scuba diving hotspots in the worlds. Its temperate and weather the whole year round is mainly attributed to its location in the Caribbean which has protected the islands from storms. And because of its climate, it has been a prime destination for a variety of outdoor activities. Golf is also one of the attractions in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman Golf is increasingly popular because it offers a spectacular atmosphere.
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The Grand Cayman is the largest of the trio. The other two islands are the Little Cayman and the Cayman Brac. The Grand Cayman hosts a number of luxury hotels and condominiums fronting the white sands of Seven Mile Beach. There are many destinations here for outdoor lovers, especially for the scuba divers. For golf enthusiasts, there is the Britannia Golf Club in the luxurious Hyatt Britannia; the 18-hole Links at Safe Haven; the Sunrise Family Golf Centre; and a nine-hole course at the Ritz Carlton.
The people of the Hyatt Regency hired Jack Nicklaus to design the Britannia Golf Club. As a trademark of a Jack Nicklaus design, the course gives any golfer a challenging but rewarding golf experience. The course features, rolling dunes, grassy mounds lakes and oversized bunkers that would definitely challenge any golfer's abilities. One special feature of this course is that it is actually a two in one golf course. It can be played as a Championship course or as an Executive course. The Executive course is usually offered during Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but special arrangements can be made for tournaments and special events. Regulation play is played daily.
Guests of the Hyatt Regency pay $90 for a nine-hole play and $140 for 18-hole play. Public fees are $100 and $150 but memberships may be availed for $1000 a year. Those who own Britannia Villas overlooking the courses may play for free.
Another Grand Cayman golf course is the Links at Safehaven. It is a 6605 yard par 71 world class course. The course was designed by Roy Case in 1994 and is situated along North Sound Coast five miles from George Town off Seven Mile Beach. The green was built to the rigid specifications of the USGA standards with a total course rating of 75.1. The landscaping utilized native vegetation with lush gardens of indigenous trees, plants and some flowering shrubs. Landing space of and average of 5,000 square feet is great for golfers.
There is also a private Grand Cayman golf course, the Blue Tip. The course is exclusively available to the Ritz Carlton guests. It was designed by Greg Norman. The Blue Tip is a Superb nine hole course but officials are talking of adding another nine holes to make the Blue Tip a complete golf destination. It is easy to see why so many people are traveling to the Grand Caymans for a golf vacation. The weather is great all year around and there are several top quality golf courses to test your playing abilities.
By: Jim Kesel
James Kesel, MS, is the publisher of Discount Golf Vacations website at http://www.good-golf-swing.com Providing great information on the great game of golf and great golf destinations including Grand Cayman Golf.
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