The Best Golf Courses in the Dominican Republic
Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:02 AM
The Punta Espada Golf Club – Cap Cana
The Cap Cana course is rated as one of the very best in the country and should be on the bucket list of every golfer in the world. The course was designed by world famous Jack Nicklaus and is located on the eastern tip of the island. The course itself makes great use of the Atlantic coastline with its rocks, cliffs and bluffs. Holes 13 and 17 are arguably the most striking and both involve tee shots over the ocean and the former has its green perched prominently over the cliffs.
The course itself is roughly 7miles south of Punta Cana airport and is easily accessible by road.
Booking in advance is required and during the high season the green fees are $275
Casa De Campo – Teeth of the Dog
Casa de campo has a number of courses of fantastic quality but the best is arguably The Teeth of The Dog, designed by the legendary Pete Dye. The course was first opened in 1971 and it consistently ranks within the top 100 courses in the world. Although all the holes are a challenge, the seven that run alongside the ocean are the most famous and breath-taking. Holes 15, 16 and 17 in particular require precise approach shots and if the wind’s up it’s best to tee off out to sea and let the wind carry it back from right to left.
The Casa De Campo resort is excellent and is located roughly 50miles south-east of Las Americas Airport in La Romana. It’s easily accessible by car, just off Highway 3.
Visitors are welcome but must book in advance. Green fees are $230 in high season.
Punta Cana Resort – Corales Course
The Punta Cana resort sits right next to the airport, roughly 10miles south of Higuey. This course was created by Tom Fazio and was only opened in 2009. It’s a private course, only open to members and guests of the hotel but that means the course is rarely busy and is always in immaculate condition. Despite the proximity to the coastline, water is only really a factor on the 3rd hole but the last few greens of each nine are very dramatic. To finish it off, the sharp dogleg right 18th is one of the most challenging and spectacular holes you’re likely to play.
Santo Domingo Country Club
The Santo Domingo is the oldest golf course and country club in the Dominican Republic and was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1947. The resort itself is a private members club so to play the course you will either need to be a member of the guest of one.
Located on the western edge of Santo Domingo (the oldest capital city in the New World), it is surrounded by trees which gives it a very secluded feel and allows you to enjoy a challenging round. The trees and good bunkers also function as quite formidable hazards and punish wayward shots. Although the course has been surpassed by the more recent builds, it’s still worth a visit if you can just to take in the history of the venue. Being so close to the capital also means that you’re near some of the best Dominican Republic hotels.
The club can be found in the Sector Herrera area of Santo Domingo just off Av Isable Aguiar.
Metro Country Club – Los Marlins Course
The Los Marlins course at the Metro Country Club doesn’t have the views of some of the aforementioned courses but it is immaculately kept and still offers a challenge. Although the trees are tight to the fairways and need to be avoided they don’t distract from the golf. The 5par 6th and the 3par 7th holes are arguably the most challenging as they combine sand and water hazards. The par 3s on the front nine probably offer the best opportunity for birdies.
The Metro Country Club is located about 40km from Santo Domingo, just off the Las Americas highway in San Pedro de Macoris. The green fees are considerably cheaper than some of the better known courses and are around $65.
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