The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is raising the standard of Caribbean golf with plans for the North Sound Club. Greg Norman and Great Shark Enterprises, which designed and developed the resort’s existing nine-hole Blue Tip course, have signed on to re-conceptualize the existing SafeHaven course adjacent to the property, merging it with the Ritz-Carlton’s 9-hole Blue Tip to create a championship, tournament-level 18-hole course with a full range of complementary facilities. When completed, the Club will offer a wealth of new and unique opportunities to live, work and play on one of the Caribbean’s most treasured islands.
“Developed by the same team that created this highly acclaimed and much sought after resort, the North Sound Club represents the fulfillment of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s vision and potential to positively transform life and recreation in Grand Cayman,” said Mike Ryan, owner and developer of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. “We truly believe that, with the help of the incomparable skills and imagination of Greg Norman, this will be the most exciting development for tourism and real estate on the island in years.”
Expected to be the most expensive golf course project in Cayman Island history, plans for the North Sound Club call for the redesign of the existing 18-hole SafeHaven course as a nine-hole addition to the Blue Tip resulting in a championship layout on a par with the finest and most challenging courses in the world. With its canals, landscaping and ocean views, the new course will blend seamlessly with the rest of the resort. In addition, there will be new practice facilities and a putting course, a new club house with pro shop and new dining opportunities. A variety of private primary and vacation home ownership opportunities is also a part of the plan.
Redesign concepts for the course are currently being finalized, with an expected grand re-opening of the new course and club facilities within 36 months. In the meantime, golfers will still have access to their favorite pastime through a range of membership categories being offered beginning this November, including a Founders Membership, with play on the Ritz-Carlton’s Blue Tip, the existing 18-hole course (which will be renamed North Sound Club immediately) and, of course, the new 18-hole championship resort course when completed. The Club will be fully committed to working with the International Golfing Federation and hosting championship tournaments.