History of the Cayman Ball

In the 1930s William H. Diddel, a golf course architect in Indianapolis, first conceived of a golf-like game to make starting golf easier and to shrink the size of courses.  Unfortunately Mr. Diddel was never able to obtain a reduced-distance ball which performed satisfactorily.  In the 1980s pro golfer Jack Nicklaus asked the MacGregor Golf Company to develop a ball for a small course his design company was laying out on Grand Cayman Island.  Troy Puckett, then MacGregor’s top golf equipment engineer, produced a suitable ball composed mainly of DuPont’s Surlyn.  Mr. Puckett has further improved that ball and his company now manufactures it as The Cayman ball.

The Cayman ball is the same size as a golf ball. Instead of dimples it has a brambled surface and weighs approximately 24 grams, compared to the average 45 grams of a traditional golf ball.  Together these restrict its distance to only slightly more than half the distance of a golf ball with a fast swing and a greater percentage with a slower swing. Also the Cayman ball floats on water hazards and streams.

Cayman golf is more readily accepted by those who have never played golf, particularly juniors. To these people this game has several advantages over golf or pitch and putt. The first being that an 18 hole course can be that much shorter and a round will take less than 2 hours, even for inexperienced players. Learners frequently hit off-line shots, but being struck by an errant cayman ball is unlikely to injure anyone. Also this means that playing Cayman golf is perfect for the whole family, many women, young people, older seniors and even disabled persons infact anyone who wants to play golf or pitch and putt. When the joy and ease of cayman golf becomes more widely known, some people who can afford and are capable of effectively playing traditional golf should at times play cayman golf for a different game entirely.

"Sue and the children can now play golf with me and we can all enjoy a round even though I am the only golfer in the family" John Ford, Birmingham
"The best time I had all holiday and I beat dad" James Wright, Newcastle
"I thought golf was hard but it was more fun and easier than I imagined" Barbara Jones, London
"You don't need to be a golfer to play pitch and putt. We enjoyed ourselves that much we went around again" Margaret & Family, Doncaster
"Top marks for the grounds, this is an excellent course with plenty of natural obstacles. Perfect fun for the whole family come rain or shine" Steve & Mandy, Torbay