Beyond the Beach: Land-Based Sports in Cayman

On the Field

The Cayman Islands’ most beloved sport is also the world’s favourite pastime: football. “The Beautiful Game” has history here, and Caymanian native Jeffrey Webb has made sure to keep that history alive. The soccer powerhouse is the president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the FIFA vice president. But back home, Webb is at the helm of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), which governs all National Team programmes, youth development leagues, the Cayman Islands Men’s Premier League and the Cayman Islands Women’s National Team. He helps ensure that the Cayman Islands have a voice in football.

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If you’d like to catch a match, CIFA plays its league games at Annex field in George Town on Saturday nights between September and May. But if you’d prefer to hit the field yourself, CIFA is always searching for new players to join. For more information, email caymanfootball@cifa.ky or call 345-949-5775.

Founded in 1974, The Village Greenies Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the Cayman Islands. The club comprises a men’s first- and second-grade teams and a women’s team. Games are usually played on the weekends. For more information, visit villagegreenies.hitscricket.com.

The Cayman Rugby Union (CRFU) has been competing in the Olympics since 1976. Fans of the sport can watch them play at various matches and tournaments throughout the year. For more information, visit caymanrugby.com or call 345-966-6743.

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If field hockey is your sport of choice, join the Cayman Field Hockey Club at the Cayman Prep and High School on Tuesdays or at the Camana Bay field on Saturdays. Hockey players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit caymanhockey.com or call 345-325-4191.

Both Kings Sports Centre and the South Sound Squash Club (SSSC) have state-of-the-art squash courts. Residents are able to become a member of the SSSC and join its Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League, which runs on Thursday nights for several weeks at a time. For more information, visit squash.ky.

Great Outdoors

Saddle-up at the Equestrian Center Riding School & Boarding Stables, which boasts some of the island’s most qualified and experienced riding instructors. If you prefer Western-style horseback riding, Cowboy Town Stables in Savannah also offers lessons built on a foundation of exceptional horsemanship skills and safety. The stable is well known for working with children who have learning, behavioural and developmental challenges. For those craving a one-of-a-kind beach or swim ride, visit Spirit of the West and their water-loving horses. They also offer scenic trail rides and are available for special events. For more information, visit seahorses.ky.

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If you’re feeling brave — and adventurous — hop over to Cayman Brac to ascend The Bluff, a 140-foot limestone bluff that is the highest point of all three islands. There are five sectors that are ideal for intermediate and beginner climbers, allowing you to begin ascending from the base of the Bluff. More experienced climbers will enjoy the climb at two sectors with a path that hangs directly over the open sea, requiring rappel access.

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The dramatic limestone formations of the Bluff make for an adventurous rock climb!
With relatively flat roads and warm temperatures year-round, Cayman’s natural terrain is ideal for walking and running. There are several options for pounding the pavement in the company of fellow runners.

The Wednesday Night Running Club is great for beginners and experienced runners, alike. The group is generally divided into three smaller sets depending on your fitness level. Similarly, the Cayman Hash House Harriers running club meets on Monday evenings at different pre-determined locations for running and walking. If you would rather run at your own convenience and pace, a quick Internet search will yield dozens of running routes throughout Grand Cayman.

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There’s a spiking interest in beach volleyball across Grand Cayman. You can find public volleyball nets set up year-round on the sands of Calico Jacks or Royal Palms Beach Club on Seven Mile Beach, as well as on Rum Point on the north side. Alternatively, there are leagues organised throughout the islands like the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation. The organisation often meets and plays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays on the outdoor court at Airport Park, or on Wednesday evenings at the First Baptist Church. They offer ample opportunities to play on a recreational level, too. For more information, visit civf.ky, or call 345-916-4382.

On the Green

The Britannia Golf Club at Grand Cayman Beach Suites is a picturesque golf course designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. With grassy mounds, rolling hills and lapping lakes, this publicly accessible 35-par course features nine holes and doubles as an 18-hole, 70-par course. For more information, visit Britannia-golf.com, or call 345-745-4653.

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Blue Tip at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The North Sound Golf Club, an 18-hole, 71-par championship course, is also open to the public and offers a challenging game in a beautiful seaside setting. For more information, visit northsoundclub.com, or call 345-947-4653.

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman can enjoy playing on Blue Tip, a nine-hole course designed by world renowned golf player Greg Norman. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman, or call 345-943-9000.

On the Court

Try your arm at a game of badminton with the Cayman Islands Badminton Club, an entertaining group of players who take this sport earnestly. The club meets every Monday and Wednesday evening at the Cayman Prep and High School on Walkers Road. All visitors and level of players are welcome. For more information, call 345-925-3620.

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The Camana Bay Sports Complex is home to the newly built Arts & Recreation Centre (The ARC), a 20,000-square-foot, multi-purpose indoor facility used for daily recreational activities and events. For more information, visit camanabay.com, or call 345-640-4000.

If you happen to be staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, make sure to take full advantage of the tennis courts designed by Nick Bollettieri, the coach behind tennis greats like Andre Agassi. If you’re up for the challenge, Bollettieri created a custom tennis programme that is exclusive to the resort. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman, or call 345-943-9000.

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Resident tennis players and long-stay guests can join the Cayman Islands Tennis Club off of South Sound, which offers year-round access to the finest tennis courts on Grand Cayman. Here, you can also join the Mixed Singles League, which is a great way to meet other players and partners. For more information, visit tennis.ky, or call 345-949-9464.

Don’t Miss Out:
Grand Cayman has several running and sports events on the horizon.

Pirates Trail Mud Run 5K
May 9: Run, climb, jump, crawl and get dirty through tons of mud in this military style 5K off-road obstacle course.

Cayman Islands Cadet Corps 5K
May 10: Support the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps by running or walking the annual 5K event. All proceeds benefit the Cadet Corps.

South Sound Stride 5K
May 30: The 5K walk starts with the Pee Wee Fun Run for kids ages seven and under, followed by the 5K road race for adults.

National Trust Glow Run 5K
June 6: Participants have the option to get splashed in biodegradable and non-toxic UV reactive paint and powder along the route.

Pirates Week Beach Soccer Open Cup
June 6–7: The second annual beach soccer event will take place on Seven Mile Beach as part of the fundraising activities for the 2015 Pirates Week Festival in November.

Fathers’ 5K Walk/Run
June 20: The fourth annual Father’s Day marathon is a fun opportunity for dads to exercise with their little ones. Runners of all ages are welcomed to join, too.

Flowers One Mile Sea Swim
June 13–15: Swimmers of all ages and skill levels can swim the onemile swim course along Seven Mile Beach. Last year’s event boasted 900 participants.

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Published: Skies Magazine, May 2015

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