The Dart-owned Britannia Golf Club closed Thursday, leaving many of the homeowners around the course unhappy. The dispute is headed to Grand Court to interpret clauses in the land titles for the golf course and Grand Cayman Beach Suites.

Dart, through one of its companies, Cayman Shores Development, bought the golf club and Beach Suites earlier this year. In letters to owners and the strata in July, Dart told the homeowners that it planned to close the Beach Suites and the course on Sept. 1.

In a written statement to the press, Paul Simon, attorney for the home owners, said, “The home owners at Britannia have over the course of the last 30 years, bought their properties in good faith with the knowledge that there are certain rights registered in their favour to use the facilities at the Britannia Golf Club and Grand Cayman Beach Suites.

“The existence of those rights has long been an attractive feature to owners, residents and prospective purchasers in Britannia. Now we are faced with the threat of the permanent closure of the facilities with no idea as to what Dart has planned for those two properties.”

Responding in a statement to the press Thursday, Dart wrote that it “has advised the three Britannia Strata Corporations and the Britannia Estates Home Owners Association that Dart intends to ask the Grand Court to clarify whether the restrictive agreements should properly be registered. Dart believes that this is the appropriate way forward to enable all interests to be objectively heard and considered so that all owners have certainty about their respective rights and obligations.”

A fence has been  erected by Grand Cayman Beach Suites. – Photo: Taneos ramsay
A fence has been erected by Grand Cayman Beach Suites. – Photo: Taneos ramsay

Dart stated that it closed the golf course “due to the commercial unfeasibility of the business operation.”

Dart also owns the old Hyatt site on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, which sits directly in front of Britannia and the golf course, and the Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach across from the old Hyatt. All of those properties are just north of Dart’s Camana Bay.

Owners in Britannia, a small subdivision along a canal with multimillion-dollar homes, say the land titles for the golf course and Beach Suites have guaranteed their access to the course and the beach resort’s amenities for decades.

The Britannia owners hired public relations firm Fountainhead to communicate with the press. In the written statement sent Thursday, Mr. Simon states, “Britannia property owners face uncertainty regarding the future for the golf course, which many of the Britannia properties overlook, and the Grand Cayman Beach Suites property. In an effort to clarify matters, Britannia owners have asked to meet with Dart to discuss their concerns and learn about Dart’s plans for the two properties, but had not received a substantive response to that request before Dart closed down both properties.”

In its statement, Dart declared it “has been in regular communications with Britannia proprietors and strata corporations. A letter was sent to all proprietors on May 5, 2016, confirming new ownership and on July 22, 2016, a second letter was sent by Dart confirming closure of the Britannia Golf Club. Prior to the acquisition, the matter of whether restrictive agreements should properly be registered on the title of the properties was an issue in proceedings before the Registrar of Lands between one of the Britannia Strata Corporations and Embassy Investments. In the same July 22 letter Dart confirmed that it would be seeking clarification of the legal status of the restrictive agreements on the properties.”


  1. Uhmnhum, We cats really got no business in this dog fight.
    But I must say, Dart been around long enough to know who is who, who was against him and who was for him, and he also know there would be a lot of sucking up when the time came. My continued support is for the Dart Foundation because he was not afraid to spend his money making Cayman greater than what it was. He has done wonders with roads and old swamp land, and I am sure there is a greater plan in the works by closing the Britannia Golf Course.

  2. I wonder if these homeowners were assessed in their quarterly dues to strata for the golf course maintenance. Or if homeowners have any documentation to what they were getting for their million condos on the golf course .

  3. I am not familiar with the legalities. However I have seen many Brittania condos advertised over the past 20 years or so and they all state among the amenities are the right to use of the beach in front of the now closed Beach Suites and membership of the golf course.

    I don’t know if the condo owners have been paying for the golf course, but I do know that the Strata fees there are higher than they should be compared to other condos.

    Some years ago I was involved with a condo at Tamarind Bay, which is on the water. Directly behind them is another condo that owned a tennis court. Tamarind Bay paid towards the maintenance of the tennis court and had legal use of it.

    Hurricane Ivan damaged the tennis court and the condo that owned it wanted to convert it into a car park. But Tamarind Bay took them to court to stop them.
    It seems like this sort of argument here.

    This will be an interesting court case.

  4. I think a couple things are happening here. Dart wants to know for sure what the expectation between it and Britannia actually is via the court. Not unreasonable. Second, I find it hard to believe Dart would want to upset neighbors (prime wealthy customers) to it’s product. Clearly given the strata payment relationship and history advertised as such (“free golf for life” etc.), evidence of a relationship between the properties exists, however I doubt they are strong enough to infringe on Darts usage of the property as they see fit. This would include repurposing the golf course land.
    Britannia usage/access to Dart beach front and charge privileges would seem to benefit both parties plus provide Dart a revenue stream to cover the relationship via the strata(s). Bringing this plane in for a landing my require a little turbulence, but I can’t help but think people will clap when it lands.

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