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Palmer Says Cayman Is A Big Hitter For Sports Tourism


Seven-time major championship winner and golf legend Arnold Palmer says the Cayman Islands has the potential to be a major player in the golf sports tourism game.


In an exclusive interview with Cayman 27, Palmer said Cayman has everything to become a hub for international golfing events.

“When I first came here I was absolutely amazed that there wasn’t more golf here,” Palmer said. “An island that’s just large enough to support a couple good golf courses.”

Palmer’s course design team plans to build a championship caliber golf course on the eastern end of Grand Cayman as part of the proposed Ironwood Development. Palmer was in Cayman 8 December as a representative for Ironwood and met with Government leaders.

The golf course itself is planned for 72 holes, around 7,100 yards and include to five tee boxes. The golf club is to include a restaurant and 20-acre practice facility.

“It’s about as pretty a spot as I’ve ever seen,” Palmer said of Cayman. “It’s got all the things that you’d like to see in a golf course, wherever you’re gonna build it. It’s got all the elements, particularly good weather and that’s certainly key.”

The development — and golf course — will not begin construction until developers and Government complete an agreement to extend the East-West Arterial. Course developers are hoping to begin construction by April.

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