Top 5 Best Golf Courses in the Dominican Republic
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Accessible for travelers from North America and Europe, the Dominican Republic is located on the lush, tropical island of Hispaniola. Mountainous and verdant, the Dominican Republic has in recent years become a leading destination for tourists from many countries, and increasingly, one of its primary attractions is golf. In this blog we will present to you our pick for the top-5 best golf courses in the Dominican Republic.
The 5 Best Golf Courses in the Dominican Republic:
- Teeth of the Dog (Casa de Campo)
- Punta Espada Golf Club (Punta Cana)
- Dye Four (Casa de Campo)
- Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club (Punta Cana)
- La Cana (Punta Cana)
Teeth of the Dog (Casa de Campo)
The best-known golf course in the Dominican Republic, if not the entire Caribbean, is located inside the Casa de Campo resort. With eleven inland holes in addition to seven fantastic seaside holes, Pete Dye’s renowned Teeth of the Dog (Dientes del Perro) earned its name from the jagged coastal coral formations along which it was constructed. Frequently listed among the “Top 100” golf courses in the world, Dientes del Perro has something for golfers of every handicap.
Punta Espada Golf Club (Punta Cana)
Among Jack Nicklaus’ greatest designs, Punta Espada boasts beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea, in fact, an elevated tee shot on the second hole par five will test golfers’ skill in avoiding one of the biggest water hazards of any course in the world. During the Champions Tour, the US Golf Association didn’t allow competitors to tee off from close to the cliff edge due to safety concerns. Luckily, you don’t have to adhere to the same rules.
Dye Four (Casa de Campo)
A journey through the hills, along a deep ridge with a river flowing below and views of the Caribbean Ocean, Dye Four is unlike any other golf course in the Dominican Republic. Similar to the course listed above but also in stark contrast, on the second hole, golfers of all handicaps are tested in their skills to avoid the river canyon hazard. A lateral cross-wind often adds to the complexity of navigating this breathtaking par four.
Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club (Punta Cana)
A straightforward eighteen holes, Tom Fazio’s design is in line with the PGA Tour guidelines and was included as a recognized course in 2018. Professional golfers love this course as it doesn’t come with any unwanted surprises. On the 9th and 18th, players can expect lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean. The rest of the course is lined with palm trees and beautiful tropical rainforest giving golfers a true experience of Dominican natural beauty and serenity.
La Cana (Punta Cana)
Complementary to the Corales facility, La Cana is the larger, 27 hole course designed by the famous P.B. Dye. It consists of 3 nines, “Tortuga”, “Hacienda” and “Arrecife”. Resistant to the heat and saline water vapor, La Cana was the first golf course in the Dominican Republic to plant Paspalum grass. Golfers are taken on a journey along the Atlantic Ocean, through denser rainforest and exquisitely landscaped fairways. Dye even included a tribute to his father with three oceanfront greens. La Cana is perfect for the casual golfer looking to clock a round in between beach days.
For a more thorough review of the different golf courses in the Dominican Republic, click here. Avid golfers visiting the Dominican Republic for the first time often choose to rent a villa in the Casa de Campo Golf Resort. For a list of the most exclusive villa rental properties in Casa de Campo, click here.