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Arnold Palmer Design Team return to Cayman


APDC Visits - Sept 2014

Members of the Arnold Palmer Design Company (APDC) team returned to Grand Cayman in September to discuss the progress to date on the access road agreement for the Ironwood development. Mr Thad Layton, senior golf course architect and Vice President at the Arnold Palmer Design Company, and Roy Saunders, Vice President of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida met with the Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin and Minister of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon Kurt Tibbetts, to revisit plans for the proposed development.

The final sign off on the Public/Private Partnership Agreement for the development is what will determine the commencement of the access road. The road will be a 10-mile extension to the East-West Corridor from Hirst Road to Frank Sound. Once work on the road has begun, it will spur on development of the Town Centre and Arnold Palmer designed golf course.

Mr Layton, Saunders and other members of the Ironwood team visited the Ironwood Golf Course site and walked the area where the course will be situated. Mr Layton shared, “It is great to be here once again on Grand Cayman, and to explore the site on which we will build our very first course in the Caribbean. Getting on the property early and often is essential to understanding the unique characteristics of the site before breaking ground.

The Ironwood development team and the Arnold Palmer Design Company have expressed their commitment to preserving the existing areas of wildlife, woodland and natural features of the landscape, which will form an important part of the overall project. Mr Layton explained, “We documented native rock formations, trees, and wetlands that will ultimately be incorporated into the final golf course design. We couldn’t be more pleased with the property’s potential to yield a golf course of the highest quality.”

Ironwood is a 600-acre development with US$360 million invested in a commercial, tourism and residential community in East End. The community will comprise a Town Centre with boutique shops and conveniences including a grocery store and family entertainment. It will also host a sports training complex, an Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole championship golf course and a vacation resort.

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