Blue Tip teed up

A former site for golf tournaments figures to get more use in the new year. 

Cayman Islands Golf Association president Paul Woodhouse, who was elected earlier this month, says the nine-hole Blue Tip golf course at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will join the 18-hole North Sound Golf Club as a venue for competitions. Blue Tip, a private course, was a past site for the Cayman Islands Golf Invitational organized by Marcello Santi. The invitational attracted golf talents including Peter Hanson and Greg Owen, along with sports celebrities, such as football legend Gianfranco Zola. 

“What’s great about that is it now allows us as an association to run the trials and the team qualifiers for the national team for the Caribbean Championships in the summer…across two courses,” Woodhouse said. “Previously, it’s just been held at North Sound Club and that’s been great, but it’s been restrictive. I think golfers, participants, competitors need exposure to different courses to make the most of their talents and bring in the best results.” 

Woodhouse is part of a new-look executive board which features James Walton as vice president, Isabel Mendes as treasurer, Emma Woodhouse as secretary and committee members Dan Fortune, Dickie Laws, Siobhan Ribbins, Brian Ross and Brandon Smith. 

Blue Tip started out solely as a facility for Ritz-Carlton guests, before offering public membership packages and eventually reaching an agreement with the golf association. Ritz-Carlton owners Five Mile Capital have expressed a desire to expand the venue’s size and make it a world-class, 18-hole course. 

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Gianfranco Zola played at Blue Tip in years past. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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