It might have only nine holes, but collectively, they’re the best nine holes in the world.
In a ceremony in November at La Manga Club in Spain, World Golf Awards presented The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman Director of Golf Stephen Banks with the award for being “The World’s Best 9-Hole Golf Course.”
The Fifth Annual World Golf Awards was a global gathering of golf professionals from the golf tourism industry, with more than 43 countries in attendance. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club won the award by being ranked highest among other competing nine-hole golf courses around the world.
In addition to receiving the recognition by World Golf Awards, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman was also recently named one of the 18 greatest golf courses in the world by London-based magazine “Golfscape.”
Designed by renowned professional golfer Greg Norman, the nine-hole course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman offers challenging play amid the island’s natural beauty. The 36-par course features two par-five holes, five par fours and two par threes.
Banks says the water hazards, which add to both the beauty and difficulty of the course, are part of what makes it so special.
“With water on eight of the nine holes, Greg Norman described the course as “The Caribbean Monster,” he says. “The prevailing wind plays a huge part in the strategy of scoring well and is a true test of golf at its finest.”
The course offers five sets of tees to suit men and women of different playing levels. Being a Ritz-Carlton golf course also ensures players get Ritz-Carlton service when they golf.
“We receive excellent feedback from all players, as we offer genuine care and comfort for our guests, ensuring the finest possible service and facilities,” Banks says.
The resort Golf Club also offers a pro shop, tournament conditioning, customised instruction and equipment rental. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is also home to “The Bunker,” the only Trackman Golf Simulator on Grand Cayman, providing access to the sport’s leading golf trajectory tool.
Trackman is an indoor golf simulator that precisely measures impact and ball flight pattern, helping players to evaluate and perfect their swing. Adding to its “golf radar” performance and offering the same technology used by PGA tour professionals, the resort’s Trackman also presents 80 virtual course and terrain visuals, ranging from Pebble Beach to the Old Course at St. Andrews.
“Guests love The Bunker where they can hone their swings on our Trackman simulators in an air-conditioned environment,” says Banks. “It’s simply first class.”
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman is open to the public every day from 6:30 a.m. until dark during the high tourist season, says Banks.
“However, we recommend to call in advance to book a tee time,” he says.
Memberships are also available to the public and offer several benefits, including preferred access to book tee times, discounts for guests and savings at the golf shop, beverage cart, La Prairie Spa and Andiamo restaurant.
Memberships also come with the same service for which the Ritz-Carlton is famous.”Each of our guests is personally led out to the first tee where the course and daily pin placements are introduced to them,” says Banks. “Now that’s fulfilling the players’ needs!”
For more information about memberships, contact the The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman golf shop on 815-6500.