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Top Golf Courses in the Dominican Republic

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“Known for having the most impressive golf courses in the entire Caribbean and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leading destination for golf in the tropics”.

Thanks to the tropical climate of the Dominican Republic, you can play golf throughout the year and enjoy excellent quality facilities, although sometimes the tropical breeze can complicate the game, but, in general, you will enjoy this sport without drawbacks.

In the Dominican Republic, there are more than twenty golf courses spread throughout its regions, these are the most important:

At least seven of these Dominican Republic’s golf courses have appeared more than once in the Top 50 of Golf Week magazine in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the Top 10, Los Corales, where the PGA Tour 2018 was held, and Teeth of the Dog, in Casa de Campo.

The Dominican golf courses have 86 holes overlooking the sea and 39 on the shore, offering the possibility of enjoying a tee time by the sea, or along leafy Indoor courses designed by the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price, and Greg Norman.

Since now, you know the names and locations of the best golf courses in the Dominican Republic, let me give you a little breakdown on each of them with a picture, so you can choose your favorite:

Playa Dorada Golf Course – Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada Golf Course

A masterpiece by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Playa Dorada Golf Course offers 18 holes of which five are ocean views as well as one directly adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Opened in 1976 inside the popular Playa Dorada Resort in Puerto Plata, this relatively flat course is popular for its excellent conditioning. The fairways are wide and rough, the generous greens with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers to spice up the game. It is an ideal course for players of all levels but still offers some challenge. With a location just a 15-minute drive from the Puerto Plata airport, golfers can even play the day of their arrival or departure.

 

Playa Grande Golf Course –  Rio San Juan

Playa Grande Golf Course

Opened in 1997, Playa Grande Golf Course is not only the latest course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. but is also considered among its best. Its 18 holes face the Atlantic Ocean, and ten of them are played directly by the sea. The course extends along a mountainous area on cliffs, which has earned it the nickname of “Pebble Beach del Caribe”. The underground springs provide the greens with abundant fresh water and most of the course is surrounded by the typical palm trees of the area. Honoring his father’s legacy, acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones recently redesigned the Playa Grande course, enhancing the experience to challenge golfers of all skill levels. In the new design, the last five holes are played on the seashore, a unique experience in the world of golf.

Jarabacoa Golf Club – Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa Golf Course

A pine grove outlines the fairways of this golf course in the Jarabacoa hills. It is the only one of its kind in the Dominican Republic and is part of the Quintas de Primavera residential development, on the outskirts of Jarabacoa. Because it has different elevations, it offers different challenges than most golfers are used to. A local legend claims that Robert T. Jones helped design the golf course on a napkin.

Los Corales Golf Course – Punta Cana

Corales Golf Club

An 18-hole creation by Tom Fazio, this second oceanfront golf course at Puntacana Resort & Club, was opened in 2010 and has six holes on cliffs above the Caribbean Sea. This original Fazio design put Corales Golf Club on the list of every golfer who visits the Dominican Republic. The last three holes, called “the devil’s elbow”, are one of the most magnificent endings in the world of golf, culminating in a striking 18 hole in the shape of a “U” that is played around a narrow bay with cliff edges. The field is hosting the first Web.com Tour tournament in the Dominican Republic, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, in June of each year, in an agreement that will last at least until 2019.

Santo Domingo Country Club – Santo Domingo

Country Club Santo Domingo

Built-in 1947 as the first golf course in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo Country Club was created by foreign executives who wanted to continue playing golf during their stay on the island. The most exclusive club in the capital is the “Country”, a private field, departure times can be booked during the morning, during the week. Some hotels have agreements with the club. There are two golf courses: Senior (18 holes) and Los Robles (9 holes).

Dog Teeth – La Romana

Teeth of the Dog Golf Course at Casa de Campo

Pete Dye’s first creation at Casa de Campo, this course placed the Dominican Republic on the world golf map in 1971. Forty-seven years later, Teeth of the Dog continues to amaze the most avid golfers. Constantly on the list of the best golf courses in the Caribbean, and in the world, it is a must-see for golf lovers. Seven of its 18 holes face the Caribbean Sea directly: four in the first nine and three in the last, making it particularly difficult to play on this course due to the strong Caribbean winds. The course was renovated in 2005, adding length to a selection of holes and improving greens and bunkers. Championship black tees now measure 7,471 yards, an increase of nearly 600 yards.

Hard Rock Golf Club – Punta Cana

Hard Rock Golf Punta Cana

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay is the first golf course to carry the iconic Hard Rock brand. It opened in March 2010 right inside the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana facing the sea. It presents golfers of all skill levels with a challenge on each hole, due to winds blowing through native tropical vegetation that extends to the edge of fairways, and without roughness, making direct hitting a priority. The course lives up to its rock ‘n’ roll name: each hole is named after a famous rock song, and putts roll quite fast on slippery, but small, sloping greens. There are also several blind shots that add to the challenge of this 7,253-yard layout.

Guavaberry Golf & Country Club – Juan Dolio

Guavaberry Golf & Country Club

Designed by Gary Player, the Guavaberry Golf & Country Club has 18 holes and is located just 30 minutes east of the Santo Domingo International Airport, in the resort town of Juan Dolio. The course opened in 2002 and borders a nature reserve. Despite gaining a reputation for being very difficult, players of all skill levels are welcome thanks to their set of five tees. It has a variety of unique design properties, including a 4.5-meter waterfall that falls into a characteristic par-3 lagoon on hole 13, where the two greens alternate daily, holes 9 and 18 feature rock formations of coral. The club has complete facilities such as a swimming pool, restaurant, and a private beach club.

Punta Espada Golf Course – Cap Cana

Punta Espada Golf Course Punta Cana

Punta Espada Golf Club is the first of two golf courses designed by Nicklaus in the Dominican Republic. It was inaugurated in November 2006 and continues to occupy the first positions in the lists of the best golf courses, including the # 1 course in the Caribbean and Latin America according to the magazine “Golfweek” from 2009 to 2016. Nicklaus’s work of art has Eight holes where you will play either next to or on top of the Caribbean Sea, including the incredible hole 17, with par 4, which requires a tee shot that goes over a bay, and another five holes with views of the sea. The Golden Bear, as Nicklaus is known, masterfully incorporates beaches, lagoons and tropical foliage into the design. Punta Espada also has the distinction of hosting an official PGA championship, the Cap Cana Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Caribe Golf Club – Punta Cana

Caribe Golf Club

Designed by Alberto Sola and Jack Corrie, the 18-hole Caribe Golf Club is part of the Catalonia Bávaro Resort. Open from October to June, this course has a large lake that affects holes 5, 6 and 15, five lagoons, and numerous trees that provide shade. The sixth hole challenges any golfer with its island green flanked by bunkers and bordered by rocks, especially when the wind blows from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Designed for golfers of all levels, Catalonia Caribe offers a charming natural environment. The course also has a good variety of dogleg holes and an interesting mix of up and down holes.

Cayacoa Golf Course – Santo Domingo

Cayacoa Golf Club

Designed by Jack Corrie and built-in 1989, the Cayacoa Golf Club is located just 25 minutes northwest of Santo Domingo, but remains a well-kept secret among golfers. The 18-hole, par 72 course stretches over mountainous terrain with small lakes and a handful of magnificent par-3 holes. The highest elevations in the course feature an impressive backdrop of thick vegetation and rolling hills. Although relatively close to Santo Domingo, it offers a quiet atmosphere where golfers can relax in the on-site restaurant and bar, with a terrace overlooking the 18th hole.

Cabeza de Toro Golf Club – Punta Cana

Cabeza de Toro Golf Course

One of two golf courses located within the Catalonia Bávaro Resort in Punta Cana, the Cabeza de Toro Golf Club was designed by Alberto Sola as a challenging nine-hole executive course surrounded by rocking palm trees and five lakes with unrivaled views. Adjacent to the Caribe Golf Club, golfers have access to daily golf classes, including an introductory class. Also available, like most of the best golf courses in the Dominican Republic, are a driving range, rental equipment, and a clubhouse with a pro shop and bar.

Dye Fore – La Romana

DYE Fore Golf Course

Pete Dye completed his masterpiece on the Casa de Campo golf courses when Dye Fore opened in 2005. Located above the stunning Chavón River Valley, where scenes from Apocalypse Now were filmed, among other major films, golfers They will enjoy holes at the edge of the cliffs that fall 90 meters into the valley. The course also has 13 holes overlooking the Caribbean Sea, as well as breathtaking views of Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean town full of entertainment and shopping, and lush cliff-top hills that defy players with gusts of wind up to 65 km / h.

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