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Caymanian Golfer Interviews Golf Legend


Arnold Palmer is one of the most charismatic and distinctive men to grace golf. Over canapés and signature Arnold Palmer drinks, just over 200 lucky attendees listened to his views on why he chose Cayman and his past golfing history. Although Arnold Palmer is legendary for more than his golfing achievements, it was his passionate persona and philanthropic desire that enchanted audience members at the official launch event on Thursday, where he was interviewed by Caymanian golfer and Director of Sales and Marketing at Ironwood, Samantha Widmer.

Palmer fondly recalled playing golf as a child with his father and of his rivalry with another golf legend, Jack Nicklaus. He spoke with pride about how he lent his name to what is now the largest children’s hospital in the US. On stage, both Arnold Palmer and Samantha Widmer spoke as if it was only them in the room, captivating everyone. Palmer was quick to credit his eventual success on and off the course to the lessons he learned from his father early on. Samantha related to this, “now that I am older I realise the importance of dedicating your time to your children and their success. Arnold’s father played a vital role in the development of his son, allowing him to become the man he is today. My dad has also been my biggest fan and continues to support my every dream,” she said.

Surrounded by government officials and community members, Premier Alden McLaughlin ceremonially signed the road agreement after receiving permission from the UK according to the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility (FFR). Following on the heels this bi-partisan partnership will take approximately 16 months to build and will enable a private company to facilitate the construction of the road to NRA standards. Supported by the Government and community alike, Ironwood will provide much needed infrastructure supporting the go-east initiative and position the Cayman Islands as a golf destination through a golf course capable of hosting PGA golf tournaments.

A total of 17 lots were reserved on Thursday to which Ironwood pledged a donation of 5% of profits to the Wilma Moffitt Foundation. This raised $275,000 USD to help support young Caymanian children in sports and education opportunities. “This foundation will allow the vast wealth of knowledge that incoming Ironwood retirees have accumulated over the years to be divested into our school children through mentoring, tutoring and after school programs” said David Moffitt, Ironwood developer.

Thad Layton, Senior golf course architect of the Arnold Palmer Design Company, discussed with the guests in detail the par 72 golf course that will include 20 acres of comprehensive practice facilities. The ‘Ironwood buzz’ surrounding the launch event has been remarkable and Ironwood look forward to creating a new community for Cayman to be proud of.

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