North Sound golf club is the only 18 hole golf club in the Cayman’s. I visited the course during a Caribbean cruise.
Driving range and putting green
North Sound golf club has a water driving range which is a nice feature. I hit a few balls before my tee time and practiced some putting.
The golf course
I was joined by a couple of members on the first tee. Local residents and were very welcoming. We played from the back tee and it is a relatively short course measuring only 6000yards. The opening hole is a short par 3 in front of the clubhouse. An easy start to the round.
The 2nd hole is par 5 with water in front of the tee box. The water does not really come into play on the tee shot. I hit a poor tee shot right. Luckily there is plenty of space for a wayward tee shot to the right if you are hit a decent drive and avoid the OB.
The 3rd hole is rated the most difficult hole on the golf course. I has water from the tee and when you approach the green. There is plenty of space for the drive and I hit a perfect tee shot down the fairway.
The approach shot to the 3rd green is over water and I hit a 9 iron to the top level of the green. Just missed the birdie.
The 5th hole is a good par 3. It wind was straight into our face and strong which is normal for Cayman Island. I made a poor club selection and tried to hit a 5 iron which came hit the front edge and bounced back into the water. Poor double bogey.
Risk/reward par 5 hole 6
The tee shot on the 6th hole is a real risk/reward. It is a severe dogleg right to left. This is where the benefit of playing with members comes into play as they where able to give me the line over the trees. I did not manage to utilize it very well as my tee shot was a draw in the wrong direction being left handed. Manage to get a decent par.
The 9th hole is a strong par 3. It was very windy and playing 200 yards. I hit a really good tee shot and was happy to walk off the green with a par.
The back nine at North sound golf club
The 11th hole is the signature hole on the course and rightly so. It is visually really well designed and a challenging hole. The predominant wind is against as it was when I was playing. The hole was playing 220m and I hit a perfect 3 wood.
I was setup for a great birdie opportunity which sadly lipped out. The views from the green is amazing and one of the reasons why playing these type of courses in small islands are a great experience.
The par 5 hole 12 has OB running up the right hand side and the landing area for the tee shot is quite narrow. I still took the driver and ended up in the middle of the fairway with a hybrid to the green. My approach shot ended up in the fringe but unfortunately I 3 putted from there and still no birdie.
On the par 3 hole 13 I hit a 5 iron that was a bit too long and left myself a tricky downhill chip. Did not manage to scramble and resulted in a bogey.
The 16th green is nicely surrounded by palm trees and green with different levels.
The finishing hole at North sound golf club is a tough par 5 with water all the way to the green. A really good hole and I was happy with a scramble par after being in the water from the tee.
I really enjoyed the course. The greens where in great shape and overall the course is a good test of golf. It is still challenging even though it is a short golf course. There is a lot of water in play and the wind plays in as a strong factor. I shot 77 with a couple of double bogeys and not a single birdie. Decent round of golf and happy to have played get the Cayman golf experience.