With 26 golf courses to choose from, the Dominican Republic is rapidly becoming the most popular golf destination in the Caribbean. In addition to a great variety of golf courses to play, there are also different lifestyle to enjoy when off the course.
Some might say that the Dominican Republic has it all and there is something to do for everyone! For example, in most of the communities we feature, a golf adventure for one part of the family could include different adventures for other members of the family. This could include time on a white sandy beach, shopping, great restaurants, yachting, or the equestrian lifestyle. The sections below present our version of the golf lifestyle in each of our featured communities.
CABARETE – is known as the wind surfing and kite boarding capital of the Caribbean. It has a Barrier Coral Reef which protects the crescent shaped beach from the force of the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, it is a great place to enjoy the beach lifestyle. In addition, the eastern part of the bay has multiple international restaurants directly on the beach for a great dining experience. That being said, Cabarete is situated between two great golf courses which are described in more detail below.
Playa Grande Golf Course – (7,085 yards) This world-class golf course was designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It is known in the golf community as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean”. Playa Grande Golf Course sprawls over 370 acres of picturesque coastline and has 10 holes playing directly on the ocean. These holes wind along the coastline and provide spectacular vistas, cliff-side fairways, and sloping greens. The Playa Grande Golf Course is currently under renovation. World-renowned golf designer Rees Jones and his team are re-building the course layout to enhance the golfing experience that will challenge golfers at every skill level. The back nine is currently under renovation but the front nine is currently available for play. The course should be fully renovated within the second half of 2014. Driving time to this course from Cabarete is around 45 minutes.
Playa Dorada Golf Course – (6,730 yards) This course was also designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It has exceptional greens in a lush, tropical Caribbean setting and offers 18 holes of challenging par 72 golf. This golf course surrounds the Playa Dorada Resort Complex, and as such, it has amenities in adjacent resorts with multiple beaches, restaurants. and casinos to enjoy. Driving time to this golf course from Cabarete is around 30 minutes.
CABRERA – is a smaller, oceanfront, rural community where you immediately sense the serenity, charm and laid-back atmosphere of a friendly community. Cabrera is only 10 minutes away from the Playa Grande Golf Course referred to above.
CAP CANA – is a tourism development with an investment of upwards of two billion dollars in the Eastern Dominican Republic.
Punga Espalda Golf Club – is listed among the worlds finest and renowned GolfWeek ranked it as the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico. Eight holes play along the sea and golfers are blessed with extraordinary views of blue waters, emerald fairways, and perfect greens.
CASA DE CAMPO – This exclusive gated resort community is well-know for its golf, boating, and equestrian lifestyle. World Golf Hall of Fame member Pete Dye (along with wife Alice) considered by many to be the world´s most renowned golf course architect, created three of the most challenging courses in the game for Casa de Campo. They are Teeth of the Dog, The Links, and Dye Fore!
Teeth of The Dog – Ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses, worldwide, by Golf Magazine, Pete Dye´s classic Teeth of the Dog attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world.
Dye Fore – The numbers are staggering: 7,740 yards in length; 7- CLIFF-side holes dropping 300 feet to the Chavon River below; 40 mph gusting winds – and breathtaking 360 degree views! Introducing Pete Dye´s latest gem at Casa de Campo: Dye Fore.
The Links – Beautiful inland Links course at Casa de Campo may not seem as exciting or challenging as its sea-side and cliff-hugging siblings, but don´t be deceived. The Links course has undergone a major renovation, and has re-opened as a brand new course.
PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB – This resort community contains three championship golf courses which are adjacent to white sand beaches.
Corales Golf Club – This golf course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010. It is an exclusive and dramatic 18-hole course with six holes that wind around ocean coves, white-sand bays, and natural cliffs. Other holes wind around inland lakes and coralina quarries. The course rates among the world’s finest golf experiences and is an exhilarating challenge. The last three holes of Corales play along the Devil’s Elbow and end at the striking eighteenth hole. The cliffed lined Bay of Corales is an inspired capstone to a memorable and breathtaking golf experience. This course is inside the gated community of Puntacana Resort & Club, and as such, it can be accessed by golf cart or by car.
La Cana Golf Club – This is a 27 hole golf course consisting of three nine-hole courses; Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. In total, there are 14 holes of the La Cana Golf Club with ocean views. This course, designed by P.B. Dye, has become a favorite of golfers all over the world. In keeping with Puntacana’s efforts to be environmentally friendly, La Cana Golf Club was the first course in the Caribbean to use paspalum — a grass seed that can be watered using sea water. Golf Magazine declared La Cana the “number one course in the Caribbean” and has compared it to Pebble Beach in the USA. This course is inside the gated community of Puntacana Resort & Club, and as such, it can be accessed by golf cart or by car.