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Kingdom Magazine Feature: Ironwood & APDC


Arnold Palmer Design Company (APDC) Update – printed in Kingdom Magazine Spring 2014 Edition


Get the sunscreen ready because the Caribbean is set to get its first Arnold Palmer course.  The team at APDC are thrilled to announce a new course in the Cayman Islands, part of the new Ironwood development that’s set to revitalize the islands.  Currently there are only three courses in the Cayman Islands, one 18 and two 9-hole tracks, one of which is private.  So the addition of a top-end 18-hole course is big news. But more than simply a recreational facility, the course is part of an exciting larger development that’s adding jobs and improving the country’s infrastructure.

“If you look at a map of Grand Cayman, most of the infrastructure is on the extreme west end of the island, near Seven Mile Beach,” explains Thad Layton, Senior Golf Course Architect and Vice President at APDC.  “The road system in place won’t allow much development on the east end, but that’s going to change.”

The Ironwood project will add a road that will “turn a 40-minute drive into a 10-minute drive,” says Denise Gower, who works with Ironwood.  With planned housing, shopping, markets and more, she says the golf course will be a big part of life on the island once it’s built.

“Having a course of this calibre will develop Cayman in terms of being a tourist destination,” she said. “There are a lot of people in the area expressing interest in this.”

The course itself will be a core golf project, says Layton, pushing houses back and being “generous with the golf corridor,” as he puts it.

“The easterly trade win has to be taken into account for safety and for the golf course,” he adds.  “Every hole changes direction and, again, the wind is an issue.  We have make the ones into the wind not as long as the ones downwind because there’s a prevailing wind down there – it’s always blowing, it’s just a matter of to what degree.”

“There are some nice trees down there as well, which we’re going to preserve, and there’s a blue iguana reserve to the south, which we’re going to accommodate.  There’s only something like 1,000 of these iguanas left in the world and this is one of the few places where they have them, so we’re going to good neighbors.”

As part of a larger push to help the Cayman Islands move forward, and as the first Palmer design in the Caribbean, it should be a stunning course and we can’t wait to see it.

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