Dominican Republic Home to Golf Courses Worthy of the Pros
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – JUNE 13, 2016 – Professional and hobby golfers alike have long flocked to Dominican Republic for its internationally acclaimed designer golf courses and breathtaking ocean-front greens. With 26 courses sprinkled throughout the country, golfers can enjoy a slice of paradise at both inland and coastal courses while improving their game.
“Dominican Republic has long been known as a top golf destination and we are proud to be home to many world-class designer courses,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “With our meticulously manicured green and 86 holes on or overlooking the ocean, golfers of all skill levels are sure to find their new favorite course in Dominican Republic.”
Golfers can revel in the country’s numerous world-class courses and their amenities. Below are just some of the courses available throughout Dominican Republic, each varying both in difficulty and design.
Punta Cana and the east coast:
- In Punta Cana, the resort epicenter of the country, golfers can tee up at any number of courses. Puntacana Resort & Club is home to two courses of its own: P.B. Dye’s La Cana is a challenging 27-hole course that weaves inland through tropical vegetation and offers spectacular sea views, with 14 oceanside holes. The resort also features Tom Fazio’s picturesque Corales course, which showcases a cornucopia of natural wonders, taking golfers over cliffs, coves, lakes and quarries. Starting this year, Corales also played host to the first-ever Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tournament to be held in Dominican Republic.
- In Cap Cana, the Punta Espada Golf Club—designer Jack Nicklaus’s first Signature Course in the country—routinely reaches the top of lists of the best courses in the region.
- A short distance from Punta Cana in Bávaro, Cocotal Golf & Country Club is situated on a former coconut plantation and offers three nine-hole courses designed by six-time Spanish champion José “Pepe” Gancedo.
- The Lakes Barceló Golf Course in Bávaro was the first golf course in the entire Punta Cana tourist region. Seventeen of its 18 holes feature inland lakes that are home to flamingos, ibis birds, turtles and enormous tarpons—perfect for the golfer that also loves wildlife.
- In Macao, add a splash of pink to your game at the Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. This 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus is a challenge complete with flamingos at the final hole. Other natural highlights include lakes, rolling fairways and carefully preserved native flora and fauna.
- Punta Blanca Golf Club in Macao is three-time Major championship winner Nick Price’s first design in the Caribbean. Enjoy greens surrounded by jungle and large natural lakes at this par 72 inland course within Macao’s Punta Blanca residential development.
- La Romana is known as a must-visit golf destination in Dominican Republic, and it’s home to courses worthy of the all-stars. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo Resort is the course that put Dominican Republic on the map for world-class golfing. Designed by Pete Dye, the course is best known for its fifth hole—famous for both incredible difficulty and stunning views. Dye’s other courses at the Casa de Campo Resort include The Links, a course reminiscent of Scottish fields with its small and rolling views, and Dye Fore, offering 360-degree views of the cliffs, the sea and the village of Altos de Chavón.
Santo Domingo and the south coast:
- In the capital city of Santo Domingo, city slickers can enjoy pristine golf courses just a short distance from the capital. Cayacoa Country Club is less than a half hour from Santo Domingo and full of lakes and hills that make for a challenging game.
- Gary Player’s course in Juan Dolio at Guavaberry Golf & Country Club provides enchanting views of the neighboring tropical forest and nature preserve. It’s a challenge not to be distracted by the crystal-clear waterfall at the 13th hole, or the 200,000-year-old coral rock formations at the final hole.
Puerto Plata and the north coast:
- On the country’s north coast in Puerto Plata, golfers love the Playa Dorada Golf Course for its ease of access in the Playa Dorada Resort and its flat course.
- In Río San Juan, the Playa Grande Golf Course is a can’t-miss. It’s the final masterpiece of designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., blending views of the Atlantic Ocean with the vegetation of thick and leafy palm trees. The course underwent an extensive renovation in 2015.
For more information on Dominican Republic’s tourism offerings, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com
About Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.
Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.
Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism
Annie Holschuh, US PR Director