North Sound Golf Club

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Cayman's only 18-hole Championship Golf Course
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Steve M
Scottsdale, AZ690 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Nice course. We have played here the last 2 years. The course in good shape. The front nine is nice the back nine is pretty short . We played quickly and service at the course was nice. Carts have been updated . Price was good .
Written February 28, 2020
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Pebble Beach, CA14 contributions
The North Sound Club is the only full length course on the island. Now owned by the Ritz Carlton which has it's own private 9 hole course, North Sound offers a great variety of holes, some nice views, and a welcome, casual vibe.

I've played the course many times over the years. The biggest change has been the dramatic improvement in the greens under the Ritz management. While still on the slow side, they are in good shape and very consistent. The tees are in great need of an upgrade and the fairways are spotty.

The best part of the course is the variety of holes in the design. Starting with a quirky par 3, there are 10-12 strong holes from a design standpoint. The finishing holes 16-18 are as good as any. Several short par 4's require good strategy and shotmaking. Finally, 5 sets of tees give you a lot of options. Especially with the wind, the back tees require some strong forced carries over water.
Written April 28, 2011
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Round Rock, TX181 contributions
Sep 2013
Before I start the review, I wanted to point out two things:

1) Grand Cayman is not a "golf destination"
The island is too landlocked to have an expansive complex like PGA West or the myriad of courses like Myrtle Beach. No one plans a vacation centered around golf and goes to Grand Cayman.

2) Things are more expensive in Grand Cayman than they are at home.
When I went to the grocery store, a 12 pack of coke (cans) sold for around $9 US. That is just one example. Don't expect to pay the same price for golf as you do at home either.

On to the review. I had a 10 day vacation in Grand Cayman and brought my clubs because I thought it would be fun to golf. After reading reviews of this course, I braced myself for the worst. After playing the course, I was pleasantly surprised. The layout is great - lots of interesting holes with great views. The greens were in great shape. The fairways were fine too. I was able to play the ball down for every shot of my two rounds. The carts are electric and run great. The clubhouse staff was very friendly and helpful. I played one round with a member who explained that a wealthy businessman by the name of Dart (of styrofoam cup fame) had bought the course and was putting money into it. I hadn't seen what the course looked like a year ago, but I can imagine how the improvements have been dramatic. The green fee is higher than I would pay for a similar quality course back home, but I refer back to my coke analogy.

Don't go to Grand Cayman if you are looking for a pure golf vacation - you will be disappointed.

Do play the North Sound Golf Course if you are vacationing in Grand Cayman and want a fun round of golf (or two)
Written October 4, 2013
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Grand Rapids, MI9 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
If you are thinking about bringing your golf clubs to the Caymans just to play North are really going to have to WANT to play golf. This is a really respectable layout but it needs care in the worst way. The bare spots were everywhere on the fairways and the overall condition of the facilities were clean but it looked like they had stopped caring and updating about 15 years ago. The people in the bar area and pro shop were very nice and it appears, from what some of the other players were saying, that the course either had been, or was currently having financial issues. The only reason why I mention that is because it may be part of the reason for the overall poor condition of the course. The only bright spot were the greens and surrounding areas that were well kept. With that said they are s - l - o - w so be prepared to club your putts. We really had an okay time at the club and it was a fun afternoon with friends but this was really a long ways away from a $180 per round experience. If this golf course was anywhere else it would be around $40 per round. BTW I did ask a local whether Brittania was better and he said no way! This is the best course. So...if golf is your prepared for a high dollar lower quality more thing, The Iguanas were cool and very plentiful there.
Written May 5, 2012
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Dallas, TX14 contributions
The carts are very fast which is good since you will finish your round quicker and get out. Greens were ok but fairways had dirt all,over the place and traps were mostly dirt Waste treatment plant next door makes a couple of holes smelly. This is actually a much more interesting couse than ritz carlton blue tip but blue tip is impeccable condition though boring as every hole looks identical. Let's face it, cayman is for beach and diving, not golf.
Written May 14, 2012
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Livonia, MI122 contributions
Don't set your expectations too high at North Sound. While it is golf in paradise, what you get for your money (175 UDS/round) is disappointing. Having golfed at many 5-star resorts over the world, this one wasn't up to par. Tee boxes are in poor shape on many holes. Bunkers are plentiful, but very hard beneath a thin layer of sand on top. A very flat course, but that's to be expected. But as such, the vistas offered only give you a glimpse of the surrounding island. Should have left the clubs at home...and I golf anywhere.......anytime....
Written January 10, 2010
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Altadena, CA47 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I booked the twilight rate. The course is OK, nothing terribly interesting or challenging. There were some areas with ongoing maintenance and the directions to the tees are hit or miss.
They don't provide any ice or bottled water, fortunately I had my own.
After the 9th hole I stopped at the bar for a drink. Two local men sat about 5 seats apart having a loud conversation across the bar. This forced me to sit at the edge of the bar, and even there I could not escape their loud voices. They moved closer to each other only after I asked them to. I asked the bartender Roico what kind of beers they have, and her reluctant answer came with a shrug.
After the end of my round the pro shop was closed, so I went to the bar to ask them to order a cab for me. I dared to interrupt Roico's flirting with two (different from previous ) men at the bar. She looked at one of them (manager?) with a question mark on her face, and dialed only after the guy nodded at her. After she hung up instead of asking if I wanted anything from the bar she reminded me to check on the cab ie wait outside. I got the message...When the cab did not arrive in 30 minutes I went back, and asked her to call again. This time they asked for the name of my hotel. Roico asked me repeatedly why I needed a cab when my hotel is so close. True, the 12th hole tees off in front of my window, but on the road it's over a mile on an unlit road with no sidewalk. They did not offer to take me to the hotel on a golf cart, but almost made me apologetic to be such a wuss of needing a cab to get home with my clubs. This place is very unwelcoming to visitors . Or is it because they are not used to women playing alone?
Written June 20, 2018
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Naomi B
Phoenix, AZ162 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
North Sound charged $195 for their green fees which included a cart and nothing else. They didn’t have great service. They didn’t have a cart that circled the course with drinks. They didn’t offer caddy service (and for less the Ritz Blue course did) and the course was in shabby shape. The only thing it had going for it was that it was 18 holes and it was on the same island as we were vacationing. The fees are way out of line for what you get (or rather don’t get). There wasn’t even anyone there to clean your clubs afterwards. If you go to the Caymans think about resting up for your round when you get home. I read in the paper that the Ritz was going to acquire this course. The good news is that it should make the course and the service much better. The bad news is that you may have to stay to play which would mean the Ritz would have the monopoly on golf courses in Grand Cayman.
Written September 2, 2011
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Bob J
Jeffersonville, Indiana40 contributions
Feb 2011
Played 18 holes in 3 hours on 2/4/2011. Course was in very good condition. Not particularly challenging, lots of Iguanas, but all in all a pleasant round away from the cruise ship. Cab ride was $25 each way (with tip), and only about 10 minutes from cruise ship dock. Lunch was not much. Round cost $189-stiff for a round of golf, but when they have the only game in town they can get it!. Surprisingly little ocean views, but wind was an issue on almost all holes. Play one less club then you expect-yardages seem incorrect as both of us were long on most approaches.
Written February 12, 2011
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Greg B
New York City, NY54 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
Only 18 hole golf course on the island. The course is fine, I've played nicer courses and I've played worse. The guys who run the place are very nice, and picked us up from our Villa each time we played, dropped us off as well. Water is expensive on the island, and therefore some of the holes are a little dry, but overall they still play well. There are some challenging holes and others that are more straight forward. We played probably 3 times during our week long stay in Grand Cayman. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the island looking to play some golf. If you are a very seasoned golfer, you may be a bit disappointed, but overall, I was very pleased with the course.
Written August 17, 2015
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