Tim Gavrich

Senior Writer

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor. A student of course design since he took up the game at age six, he also played for his college team at Washington and Lee University and still tries to tee it up in competition whenever possible. He has been involved in the golf industry since graduating in 2011, and has written full-time about golf travel and architecture since 2014. A native of Avon, Connecticut now residing in Vero Beach, Florida, he has played golf on two continents so far and is not too bad on Bermuda greens for a left-handed New Englander. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.

  • 4.0 stars from 5

    The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman

    "Scenic and pleasant resort golf"

    Other than members and residents, only guests of the luxe Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman have access to this 9-hole course, which encircles a neighborhood of swanky multi-million-dollar residences, with yachts of varying sizes docked nearby. The immaculate conditioning of the course makes sense in this context, as does the modern design. The first two holes can be tough, playing into the prevailing wind, but after that, the course opens up nicely, with mild greens, fairly shallow bunkering and generous corridors. The course is more a diversion from an otherwise beachy vacation than a hardcore golfers' haven, and on that level it succeeds, all the way through to the island-green par-3 finishing hole. more »

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    The North Sound Golf Club

    "The home of golf in the Cayman Islands"

    It may not be a world-beater, but only the most curmudgeonly golfer would complain about a round at North Sound. The flattish, mostly open course lays out in two stringy loops from the pleasant clubhouse. It's not going to beat you up, but if you do make some big numbers, chances are they'll come on the par 3s, which amp up the challenge. The toughest of them is the long 11th, which heads straight to the edge of the Great Sound, dead into the teeth of the prevailing wind. The arresting beauty of the hole makes up for the fact that you might be hitting as much as a 3 wood to try and get on the green. North Sound's Paspalum greens are in good shape, and the turf tends to be firm and bouncy in the dry winter season. The clubhouse has a very relaxed and welcoming feel; sip a drink on the covered patio before you leave. Grand Cayman is not at the top of anyone's list of the most sought-after Caribbean golf destinations, but if you find yourself here with time to tee it up, you will enjoy it. more »