the Cayman Islands newest community recently welcomed golf
legend Arnold Palmer who officially launched the development
of the first Arnold Palmer Signature course in the Caribbean.
This new course
in the Cayman Islands will be part of the new Ironwood development
thats set to revitalize the islands, adding jobs and improving
the countrys infrastructure.
of the 18 hole course at Ironwood is scheduled to begin in Fall
2014 and should be complete by Summer 2016. The course
itself will be a core golf project, pushing houses back and being
generous with the golf corridors, explained Thad Layton,
Senior Golf Course Architect and Vice President at Arnold Palmer
Speaking of the
design, Layton said, The easterly trade winds also have
to be taken into account for safety and for the golf course design
strategy. Every hole changes direction and, again, the wind is
an issue. We have to make the ones into the wind not as long
as the ones downwind because theres a prevailing wind down
there thats always blowing; its just a matter of
to what degree.
course at Ironwood will be around 7,100 yards long l;and will
be capable of holding a tour event, but we're designing it with
the everyday golfer in mind. It will be quite versatile. Our
emphasis is going to be on making it fun, interesting, strategic
in nature as well as beautiful.
building the world's longest golf course, nor are we trying to
make it the hardest. We want to make it fun and interesting,
but also dynamic enough to host a tour event if so desired. It
will be the only golf course in the Cayman Islands that will
have the capability to do that because of the yardage.
is to really get to know the piece of land. Well get out
and walk it and route the golf course in a way that respects
the terrain. We will also try to save as many of the native trees
and as much of the native vegetation as we can and work any rock
outcroppings and natural water bodies into the strategy and the
aesthetics of the golf course.
course could also potentially solve a larger problem plaguing
the Cayman Islands: the tires at its landfill. The millions of
tires piling up in the George Town landfill could potentially
be shredded and used as fill in the golf course, creating a greener
golf course. The shredded tires will act as drainage fill and
this eco-friendly recycling of the tires will alleviate a great
burden in George Town's landfill.
sensitive issue is the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park that
encompasses several hundred acres to the south of the golf course
property. Part of that is the Blue Iguana Preserve that butts
up to the golf course property. The Blue Iguana is an endangered
specie and this island is one of the primary places where they
can be found.
to be a good neighbor to the preserve and if that means creating
uninterrupted wildlife corridors in and out of the golf course,
thats what theyll do. Any native habitat that might
have traversed this site before will still have the same access
to go through it uninterrupted.
Thad Layton - Architect and VP of APDC also spoke at the Ironwood